In your essays, we expect you to apply everything that you were taught about essay-writing in your first year. Also, please keep your completed essay(s) as you may be asked to demonstrate that you have fulfilled the requirements.
- Literature: Different literature seminars will have different requirements - some teachers will require you to write an essay in order to pass the course, and others may give you a choice between an oral presentation and an essay. You should make sure that over the year you have written at least one essay in the context of modern English literature or American literature (depending on the seminars you choose, you may well write more than one essay).
There is a new edition (the 11th) of EDGE, our guide to essay-writing. You can obtain a copy through any teacher in the section (price 2CHF) or download it (in pdf) here.
- Linguistics: You will also be required to write an essay in your English linguistics seminars. These essays have to be based on the linguistics style sheet. Details will be given during the classes and can be found on the respective moodle sites.
Working with staff
Consult with your teacher about your focus, topic and (choice of text(s) in literature) before you start to write. You will find it helpful to discuss them with your teacher both during and after writing.
Attempts and grades
All essays receive a grade that will be entered in the system at the end of the semester (it might be combined with another grade, depending on whether the course has multiple assessments). If the essay is unsatisfactory and the grade below 4.0, you will not receive the credits for the seminar at this point. You are allowed one more attempt to rewrite your essay. If the grade entered for the second attempt is satisfactory, you will receive the seminar credits; if the grade is still below 4.0, the seminar credits will be 'lost' and go into your marge de tolérance (note that you are only allowed 10 such credits during your deuxième partie; more information here).
Teachers will specify the deadline for handing in essays in each course, allowing themselves time to read the work. In the case of a fail and second attempt, you will typically be asked to hand in your re-written essay before the following exam session (the date remains to be determined with your instructor).
Write your name, address, and email address at the top of the first page of your essay, and clearly identify the module that it relates to.
If for any reason you need to have your work returned to you by post, provide a suitably large, stamped, self-addressed envelope when you hand your essay in.
Identify all information or ideas that you borrow. Use your own words whenever possible, rather than make long quotations from critics. At the end of your essay, append a bibliography listing your primary text(s) and all the articles and books you read or consulted (secondary sources) while preparing and writing your essay.
Remember, unacknowledged use of someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is plagiarism - intellectual dishonesty - for which the penalties are severe (see below). EDGE provides you with strategies for avoiding plagiarism. If you have any questions about the concept of plagiarism or methods of proper documentation, request assistance from your teacher.
The penalties for plagiarism
The penalty for plagiarism involves failure for the essay and the corresponding module, which may threaten the completion of your studies. A student committing plagiarism will be required to write a replacement essay on another subject and thus take another module. In the event of a second offence, the student may be excluded from the section and even, depending on the gravity of the case, from the Faculty. Ignorance of the rules about plagiarism is no excuse, and carelessness is just as bad as purposeful violation.
The section on plagiarism was adapted from
http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/library/mla/plagiarism.shtml (2007) and
https://plagiarism.iu.edu/, last accessed 28 September 2021.