ALA is a rigorous English Language school headquartered in the center of beautiful Greensboro, North Carolina. The campus is centrally located to seven (7) colleges and universities which makes it ideally situated for student life. We are licensed by the federal government (DHS) to enroll non immigrating foreign students and can therefore can issue the I-20 for student visa. Its core focus is to prepare its students for success in College/University academics and better living by offering various courses ranging from intensive English instruction to summer camps.
ALA has classes for both part-time and full-time (18 hours/wk) students. Short-term classes can range from three-week to six-week long, such as summer language camps for international high school students and Cultural Institute for older international students. Full-time intensive English classes usually range from three (3) months to one year. Our full time classes are well-defined in terms of curricula specifically designed English for Academic Purposes for university-bound students. Students completing our curricula are well prepared and will have a high success rate gaining acceptance to university programs. They emphasize communicative use of English, academic skills (reading comprehension & writing) and cultural orientation.
ALA’s programs are designed for carefully-screened, serious, and disciplined students. All full-time students receive a minimum of twenty-two (22) hours of contact instruction per week. Core classes are taught in six levels on a daily basis (M-F). In addition, cultural enrichment lectures and field trips occur throughout the sessions. Most students spend four (4) additional hours per week studying, practicing communication skills, and doing out-of-class assignments. They are also encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities such as concerts, lectures, sports events, and field trips to local places of interest that are available around the city. In-depth orientation to and immersion in academic and social life in the U.S. is an important feature of ALA’s programs.
ALA’s teachers are professionally trained with Master's degrees in TESOL or other majors closely related field and with the work experience in teaching "English as a Second Language" or subjects appropriate to their course assignments. They are all caring and have studied other languages, traveled, lived and/or taught classes abroad and are very familiar with the challenges which students face in new cultural milieus.
Students of all genders, ages, races, and religions are welcome from countries around the world. Some ALA’s students are undergraduate or graduate who are already attending programs in the U.S. and who wish to be more culturally competent and linguistically proficient. But the majority of them are internationals preparing to attend colleges and universities in the U.S or return home to better jobs. Some professionals also enroll in short specialty courses to improve their language proficiency for personal and career reasons. We also have summer programs for high school groups.
ALA is partnering with its network of colleges & universities that grant our applicants Conditional Letter of Acceptance (CLA)*. This means that students who enroll in ALA’s Academic English Program receive a CLA and upon successful completion of our Academic English course level 5, they will have the TOEFL score requirement waived. Depending on their placement, they may be admitted straight into the college/university. We have an excellent Student Services staff that will assist and counsel our students in the university selection and admission process.
* Student must meet all other requirements for international students for admission by the respective university.
Academically qualified students planning to study at ALA may be admitted conditionally to a select group of ALA affiliated colleges/universities. Upon meeting the conditions as specified in the university's/college admission standards, a student may be admitted as a regular student. Some universities require that students submit application forms, official transcripts from previous study, documentation on finances, and perhaps letters of recommendation while others only need to review official transcripts to decide on conditional admissibility of students. In all cases, students must successfully complete ALA's Academic English level 5 curriculum with an acceptable score on iTEP, the standardized test that ALA uses.
]We offer small classes so that our teachers can monitor student progress and give individual attention to each student's language skills. The average class size is 10-15 students.
Upon arrival, all students are interviewed and tested in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to determine their level of English language proficiency. Each student is assigned to a course level appropriate for their proficiency. During the term, students are continually evaluated on the basis of their class attendance, preparation, out-of-class assignments, and quiz results. Each student's progress, as well as attendance record, is reported by instructors frequently. Immediate action is taken by the director if an instructor's report indicates that a student needs help or counseling. We also keep the student's family or financial sponsor informed of the student's progress. This is done with a written progress report by the student’s teacher.
Yes. Currently, there are two housing options available to students who enroll at ALA: 1) American family home-stay arrangements and 2) independent apartment living. Carefully-selected American family home-stays are available to all applicants who are interested and give sufficient advance notice when applying. Independent housing assistance is available through our Student Services Office. Applicants must make at least 12-week advance reservations for housing assistance.
Medical care or counseling is available to all students through community health facilities. Students are referred to private doctors or hospitals and professional counselors when there is a need. The ALA director and staff receive reports from teachers on students needing medical or personal attention and talk with students to see what kind of help is needed. All students are required to have medical insurance. Students can either enroll in the ALA medical insurance plan upon arrival or use their own policy.
Yes. ALA Students Services Office provides assistance for selecting and applying to appropriate colleges and universities. Also personal counseling from our faculty and staff help students find appropriate places to study after graduating from ALA. We have excellent resources to help place students at the university that is best for them.
Qualified students may begin study in January, March, May, August, or October at the start of each session (see the course calendar page). We also have late registration options available that are flexible.Applicants for the full-time English for Academics Program must submit the following:
- A completed ALA Application form
- An official copy of a Secondary or High school, English Language School or university transcript;
An official financial statement showing that the applicant or sponsor has sufficient resources for the full length of time enrolled for study
- A $300 non-refundable application fee.
- A copy of their passport
- Two 5cm x 5cm pictures