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.
Good English proficiency etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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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