Course Policies

Course Requirements

Courses are delivered in asynchronous mode (not in real-time). Participants should plan to be online on a daily basis in order to complete assignments and contribute to discussion threads. However, so long as they meet weekly deadlines, they can do their online work any time and any place at their convenience.

Participants should expect to spend 8-10 hours per week in course work. Factors which may add more time to course work include slow Internet connectivity locally, a level of English language proficiency which not adequate to handle university-level work, or other local factors related to teaching, family, etc.

Regular access (once a day is ideal but 4-5 times a week can work, if need be) to a computer with an Internet connection is a must.

Tip: Be sure to check your spam or junk folder if you think we have not responded to you, as some email services automatically deliver unknown mail in this way.

Technical Requirements

We welcome individuals who are new to online learning. However, course participants should be familiar, at a minimum, with:

  • Email
  • Web browsing (e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome).
  • Word processing and basic file management (creating new files, saving files, spell check, document formatting, etc.).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF files [free download available].

Forfeit of Scholarship

The U.S. Embassy Santiago has generously provided scholarships for 30 English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators to be able to participate in this training. Participants who complete online registration and enroll in courses and then drop out, wlll forfeit their scholarships and may not be eligible for future such funding.

Late Work/Incomplete Work

Late work is not accepted and “incomplete” grades are not an option. All course work must be completed within the term in
which a participant is enrolled.


There is zero tolerance for plagiarized (copied) work of any kind. Participants will not receive credit toward passing the course on work which has been plagiarized. This includes discussion postings as well. For information on acceptable quotation practices, see Quotations, Paraphrases and Summaries from The OWL at Purdue (OWL = Online Writing Lab).


Participants will receive certificates upon completion of their course projects and other assignments with a score of 70% or higher. At the end of each 10-week session, certificates will be express mailed to U.S. Embassy and Consulate sponsors for local distribution.