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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Listening and Speaking

This course helps students whose first language is not English develop their listening and speaking skills. 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 and Prices

Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

For a full explanation of fees, see below.

Explanation of Part-Time Fees

Important note: All part-time students studying in Fall and Spring are required to have Columbia Health Insurance and pay the Health and Related Services Fee (or petition successfully for a waiver). See below for details.

 

Health: Medical Insurance: All part-time ALP students studying in the U.S. in Fall and Spring are required to have Columbia Medical Insurance and pay the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee. A waiver may be possible, but is rare. The Columbia Health website has information about waiver requests. Fall Health Insurance cost starting at $1,304. Fall Health and Related Services Fee: $610. Visit Columbia Health for details. 
SPS Activity Fee: this covers SPS expenses relating to orientation, handbooks and events. 
Instructional Support Fee: this covers class materials and expenses such as playbooks, novels, newspapers, photocopying, theater tickets, museum or event entry. 
Technology Fee: this covers SPS technology expenses, including access to online course management software, Canvas, and tools used to develop online course content.  
Textbooks: this is an estimate. Instructors assign books at the beginning of the session and students must buy them. Students are not billed for textbooks. 

Application Materials

  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.

ALP points/credits information:

ALP is a non-degree, non-credit program. ALP classes and programs use points to bill students, not credits. See above for the number of points the class bills.

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