Listening and Speaking for International Students

Students will develop their overall fluency and listening comprehension. The course covers:

  • Presentation skills
  • Discussions
  • Spontaneous speech
  • Using English informally and in social interactions
  • Understanding main ideas & details and inferring meaning
  • Cognitive ("thinking skills") and metacognitive ("thinking about your thinking") strategies for listening comprehension
  • Strategies for effective note-taking

The course is thematic, meaning that you will explore different topics and themes through listening, and then speak about those subjects. The instructors will provide extensive feedback on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation to help you improve your production and become more self-aware of your spoken errors.

3 points / 0 credit.
Meets morning or evenings twice per week.
Open only to students in ALP level 6 or higher. All new applicants must take the ALP's online placement test before admission.

Dates & Prices

Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.
For a full explanation fees, see below. 

Application Deadline (Fall 2018)

August 5

 
Class Days & Hours Wed/Fri 9:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Course Dates September 5 – December 7
OR
Class Days & Hours Mon/Wed 6:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Course Dates September 5 – December 10
Tuition $2,766
Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $30
Technology Fee $35
Textbooks* $60
Medical** $1,680
Total $4,621

Textbook cost is estimated. Teachers assign textbooks to students when classes begin. 
** Health: Medical Insurance: All ALP students studying for eight weeks or more are required to have Columbia Medical Insurance and pay the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee. This includes: Fall and Spring intensive; Summer A+B, B+C, A+C, A+B+C, Advanced Academic Preparation, and part-time Fall and Spring classes. Students studying fewer than 8 weeks do not need to have Columbia Medical Insurance or pay the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee. This includes: Winter Institute, Summer A only, B only or C only, EPP courses. It is not possible to waive (= not pay) the Insurance charge and Health Fee. Fall Health Insurance cost starting at $1,139; Spring Health Insurance cost starting at $1,852. Fall Health and Related Services Fee: $541; Spring Health and Related Services Fee: $541. Visit Columbia Health for details.
The SPS Activity Fee is a once per term $50 charge for ALP registrants only. It covers School of Professional Studies expenses relating to orientation, handbooks and events.
The Instructional Support Fee is a course-related charge: $30 (3-point part-time); $45 (6-point part-time); $90 (full-time); $150 (Winter). It covers extra class materials and expenses such as playbooks, novels, newspapers, photocopying, theater tickets, museum or event entry.
The ALP Student Services Fee is a once per term $60 charge. It applies to full-time ALP registrants only. It covers internal I-20 processing fees and other SEVIS transactions.
The Technology Fee is a once per term $35 SPS-related charge. It covers SPS technology expenses, including access to online course management software, Canvas, and tools used to develop online course content. 

Application Deadline December 7
 
Class Days & Hours Wed/Fri 9:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Course Dates January 23 – May 3
OR
Class Days & Hours Mon/Wed 6:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Course Dates January 23 – May 6
Tuition $2,766
Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $30
Technology Fee $35
Textbooks* $60
Medical** $2,393
Total $5,334

Textbook cost is estimated. Teachers assign textbooks to students when classes begin. 
** Health: Medical Insurance: All ALP students studying for eight weeks or more are required to have Columbia Medical Insurance and pay the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee. This includes: Fall and Spring intensive; Summer A+B, B+C, A+C, A+B+C, Advanced Academic Preparation, and part-time Fall and Spring classes. Students studying fewer than 8 weeks do not need to have Columbia Medical Insurance or pay the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee. This includes: Winter Institute, Summer A only, B only or C only, EPP courses. It is not possible to waive (= not pay) the Insurance charge and Health Fee. Fall Health Insurance cost starting at $1,139; Spring Health Insurance cost starting at $1,852. Fall Health and Related Services Fee: $541; Spring Health and Related Services Fee: $541. Visit Columbia Health for details.
The SPS Activity Fee is a once per term $50 charge for ALP registrants only. It covers School of Professional Studies expenses relating to orientation, handbooks and events.
The Instructional Support Fee is a course-related charge: $30 (3-point part-time); $45 (6-point part-time); $90 (full-time); $150 (Winter). It covers extra class materials and expenses such as playbooks, novels, newspapers, photocopying, theater tickets, museum or event entry.
The ALP Student Services Fee is a once per term $60 charge. It applies to full-time ALP registrants only. It covers internal I-20 processing fees and other SEVIS transactions.
The Technology Fee is a once per term $35 SPS-related charge. It covers SPS technology expenses, including access to online course management software, Canvas, and tools used to develop online course content. 

Application Materials

Applicants must apply online. Only applications submitted from the ALP Web site are accepted.

  1. Completed online application form.
     
  2. Nonrefundable application fee: U.S. $150.00 for online applications, payable by credit card only. No application will be processed without this fee. Matriculated Columbia Students: there is no application fee for Matriculated Columbia Students.

Part-time courses do not qualify you for a student visa.

If you are currently living outside the U.S., you must have a student visa to enroll in the ALP. In order to qualify for the student visa, you must enroll in a full-time program (18 hours or more per week).

The tuition and fees quoted are for ALP registrants only. Those students registering through other divisions of Columbia will pay at the per-point rate of their home schools.