Teaching Philosophy and Methods

Our goal is to help you:

  • deepen your knowledge of the English language and American culture
  • become aware of the differences between English and your own languages
  • become an autonomous, curious, confident, and self-motivated learner

In our classes you will engage actively with

  • the language
  • your teachers
  • the students in your class
  • the Columbia University community
  • New York City

By being active and curious, by communicating and asking questions, you will learn English, learn about yourself, and truly benefit from the ALP experience.

Teaching and Learning Methods

In our program, you will experience a variety of teaching styles and methods.

In the Intensive English Program, you will have two or three teachers who work closely together to create a varied, integrated program of study. In part-time classes one teacher will deliver the course.

You will use a wide range of materials, including textbooks, internet resources, and teacher-made handouts and worksheets. 

Materials will come from a wide range of genres and sources. For example:

  • news reports and commentaries
  • academic readings and lectures
  • personal essays
  • plays and other literature
  • visual data
  • films and photos
  • songs
  • advertisements

ALP classes are taught thematically. This means you will actively work with language through a range of different contexts. Depending on your level, these may include: daily-life situations, American society and customs, issues of worldwide concern.

At all levels you will practice:

  • grammatical accuracy
  • fluency and pronunciation
  • vocabulary
  • listening and reading comprehension
  • writing skills

In our program you can expect to:

  • actively participate and use English
  • do lots of pair and group work with your classmates
  • work independently
  • work on projects and assignments outside of class
  • have your written and spoken English corrected frequently by your teachers

Class Size

ALP classes have around 12-15 students, and never more than 16.