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American Language Program

Columbia University SPS
1 semester
Full time/part time
Language course
New York City

Program description

American Language Program

Our mission is to provide rigorous English language education that supports the academic, professional and personal goals of our student community, while promoting critical thinking and intercultural awareness.

The ALP has one of the oldest intensive English programs in the U.S.

Courses are offered year-round and help students improve their grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Admission requirements

Good English proficiency etc.

Program content

Academic English

Our courses focus on preparing students to study at university in the US. This includes essay writing, presentations, note-taking and discussions.
Integrated skills – each class focuses on more than one skill, which is a more natural way to learn a language.

Thematic learning

Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are best learned in context. Each week teachers explore different themes to provide content for students to discuss and write about.

Error correction

Making errors is an important part of the learning process. We encourage as much spoken and written communication as possible, and provide plenty of oral and written feedback to help learners become more conscious of their language, and to help them improve.

Team teaching

Each Intensive course is taught by two or three instructors, who work together to create courses specifically tailored to the students. Each teacher brings their own style and expertise, so learning is constantly varied.

Critical thinking

It’s not just about learning the language, but about learning to engage with themes and topics in individual ways. We teach students to be inquisitive and curious learners, and to really question what they see and read.

Authentic Materials

As soon as possible, we introduce as much authentic material as we can, from newspaper and magazine articles, to novels, plays, lectures, movies and music. Reading, listening to and watching real English all help expand vocabulary, improve comprehension, and make the language more ‘automatic’.

U.S. Culture

Learning about the city and country in which students are living helps to make the learning experience richer and expands learning beyond the classroom.

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Columbia University SPS

Columbia University SPS

The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University spans the continuum from high school and pre-college students through lifelong learners with innovative offerings at the highest levels of academic excellence. Our mission is to provide a rigorous education, informed by...

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Julia Bacha
Originally born and raised in Brazil, Julia Bacha immigrated to the U.S. to study English. Her path eventually led her to Columbia University, where she completed the American Language Program (ALP) in 2000, then in 2003, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia’s School of General Studies. Now a documentary filmmaker, Bacha h...
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Columbia University SPS

2970 Broadway
10027 NY New York

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