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The American Language Program (ALP) provides wide-ranging, high-quality academic courses in English as a Second Language. Founded in 1911, ALP is one of the oldest English-as-a-Second-Language programs in the United States, offering a carefully integrated sequence of courses to students who wish to improve their command of English.

The School of Continuing Education offers online ALP courses with Columbia Interactive Arts & Sciences using situations from the workplace to stress practical skills, such as grammatical accuracy, reading comprehension, fluency, effective communication, and understanding of American business culture.

Columbia's ALP e-courses stand out from other online offerings because of their unique approach to learning. The School of Continuing Education recognize that you learn best when your educational experience is compelling, relevant, and true to life. Each course offered presents you with a complete series of tasks, rooted in real-life situations, that you work through as you acquire new knowledge and skills. The situations and people within each scenario draw you in and keep you working until you have mastered the task at hand.

The courses meet the unique needs of today's online learners by offering
  • Self-paced courses
  • Access anytime, anywhere
  • Flexibility
  • Expert Tutors
  • Dedicated Enrollment Advisor
  • Student Homepage
  • Official Columbia transcript and letter of completion (Professional Seminars offer only letter of completion)
  • Technical support
Tutors are an essential part of your ALP education. Your tutor is ready to guide you throughout the course, offering helpful hints, insight, and constructive suggestions to help you complete each task and move on to the next with confidence.

The American Language Program adheres to the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) code of ethics and ascribes to University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) and American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) guidelines.


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