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Welcome to College Success Academy at Lehigh University, English 095: Lehigh Life and Language for International Speakers of English.

This course is for newly admitted first-year international students. It runs during the second session of Lehigh’s summer term, June 29 - August 6, and meets live online on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:55 - 9:10 am EDT. Students may also be required to log on some Wednesdays and Fridays to meet with classmates and/or instructors.

Here are the answers to some of the questions that you may have about preparing to take this course.

What materials do I need?

There is one textbook for this class. It is also the required first-year reading: Make Your Home Among Strangers (2015) by Jennine Capó Crucet (ebook), ISBN # 9781466865044

What are the technological requirements for success in this online course?

  • A high-speed internet connection is required. For more detailed technical requirements, please see the Lehigh University Distance Education website.
  • A computer or laptop equipped with a webcam and a microphone are required for live classes.
  • Lehigh University provides a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for all students free of charge. For more information about accessing Lehigh’s VPN, see Lehigh’s Library and Technology Services. There is currently a special VPN link for students studying outside of the United States during the COVID-19 crisis. This VPN allows students to access applications like the Google suite and Zoom.

What supplemental tools provided for me?

  • Course Site is Lehigh’s course management system that allows students to join lectures, listen to recorded lectures, collaborate online, send email, check grades, submit work, and post videos all in one place. Students will be given more details about how to use the Course Site before classes begin at the end of June.
  • Zoom is Lehigh’s licensed web-conferencing tool that enables students to engage in online classes synchronously with their instructors and peers. More information about how to get started with Zoom can be found here.
  • Lehigh’s email is Gmail within the Google suite. Students will receive instruction on how to use their Lehigh email, and Lehigh’s VPN may be required.
  • Any questions about technology may be referred to LTS Helpdesk or the LTS Confluence webpage, which has more general technological information.

Where do I email to get help on/set up my Lehigh email address?

**If you have already activated your Lehigh email with a password, you can go to: If you still cannot access the email after signing in, it is likely that you must wait until the end of May for the current semester to end. You can also contact Technology Services:

What is the difference between a synchronous class (live class) and an asynchronous class?

A synchronous class through Zoom is a real class! Students will see and hear their instructors and classmates in real time and have the opportunity to interact with them in a variety of ways.

An asynchronous class involves pre-recorded lectures and independent assignments on non-live days. Students may also have small-group meetings, book discussions, interactions with Lehigh staff, or instructor conferences at a time that students agree on.

What if I miss a synchronous (live) class?

It is best if you do not miss the synchronous classes, but if you do have to miss a class, the lectures will be recorded. Be sure to discuss this with your instructor.

How much work can I expect each week?

English 095: Lehigh Life and Language for International Speakers of English is a course that meets live (synchronously) twice per week for 2.5 hours. Besides live classes, students will be expected to work on their about additional 3-4 hours.

  • This course meets live Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:55 - 9:10 am EDT
  • Students may also be required to log on some Wednesdays and Fridays to meet with classmates and/or instructors.

What are the goals of this class?

English 095 will benefit new international undergraduate students who have not attended classes at Lehigh University by providing authentic interaction with the campus community through projects, readings, and group discussions.

How will I be graded?

Your grade will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Participation in synchronous classes and asynchronous lectures, group meetings, and projects
  • Quizzes (textbook and lecture material)
  • Group e-Portfolio
  • Weekly Vlogs

What is the minimum grade that I will need to pass this course?

In order to get credit for this class, you will need a minimum grade of C+. Your grades will be recorded in the gradebook on your Course Site, so you will have access to your grades through the course.

What if I do not do well in the course? Will Lehigh still accept me in the fall?

Your grade in this course does not affect your Lehigh admission. The course will go on your transcript, and the grade will be part of your calculated grade point average (GPA). If you do not do well in the course, you have the option to withdraw from the course by the semester deadline.

What is class participation? How do I receive a participation grade for an online class?

Class participation is an important part of learning and is more than just having your computer on and listening. Full participation requires active engagement in the lesson. Here are some ways students can demonstrate that they are actively participating in the course:

  • Log in a few minutes early
  • Turn camera on
  • Engage in the lecture by asking or answering questions with voice or chat feature
    • Complete assignments before class begins
    • Anticipate questions
    • Take notes while completing assignments
  • Collaborate with other students on group projects
  • Participation for asynchronous days includes:
    • Log in to Course Site on asynchronous days
    • Make substantive contributions to online discussion forums
    • Complete assigned activities by the deadline
    • Check Lehigh email daily