American Language Program News

Columbia's American Language Program: 100 Years of Teaching English

What started in 1912 as a $15 language course for immigrants in New York City has evolved into a robust linguistic and cultural curriculum with a focus on professional and academic fluency in the United States.

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Columbia University American Language Program Marks an Anniversary in 2012

Since 1912 students from more than 100 countries around the world have come to Columbia eager to learn English.

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Who make the best legal English teachers?

Dr. Shelley Saltzman, senior lecturer in English as a Second Language at the American Language Program, lends her expertise to the debate about how best to teach English to those working in law. She explains how a course taught by ESL professionals and supplemented with lectures by legal experts can very effectively meet the oral/aural needs of visiting lawyers and LLM students.

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NorthStar Wins 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from Association of Educational Publishers

NorthStar/MyNorthStarLab, a book series and website created by ALP faculty members Carol Numrich and Frances Boyd, received the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers.

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Demand for English Lessons Outstrips Supply

Immigrants are waiting for months or even years to get into English classes.

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Metropolitan Magnets

Columbia University’s American Language Program is designed to dramatically increase proficiency of written and spoken English.

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ALP Featured in Japanese Television Series

Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, will soon air its second season of a documentary-style television series filmed at the American Language Program (ALP) at Columbia University.

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American Language Program Offers New Program for Fudan University Students

More than 25 Japanese and South Korean students from Shanghai's Fudan University will be coming to Columbia this September for a new, two-year intensive English program offered through Continuing Education's American Language Program (ALP).

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A Revolutionary New TOEFL

An explanation of the major changes to TOEFL in 2005.

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Hitting the Ground Running: Is a High TOEFL Score a Guarantee of Success in an MBA Program?

Before beginning an MBA program abroad, students need to evaluate their language skills--both spoken and written--much more realistically if they are to sail through their programs.

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