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Program Description

OHIO Grads

ALP courses are designed to help students develop English skills they need for the university classroom and professional workplace. They also highlight practical English needed for everyday situations.

Instruction is interactive, encouraging students to practice English through a variety of activities. Courses focus on academic reading and writing, as well as listening, speaking, and grammar. ALP students must be high school graduates and, in order to achieve maximum success, it is recommended they have had at least two years of English study at the high school level.

ALP courses do not carry university credit towards an academic degree. Students receive letter grades in each class that indicate their progress and effort in the program. In combination with their placement test scores, grades help determine a student’s placement in the program (e.g., beginner vs. advanced). Students receive official university grades on their transcripts (A-E).

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Faculty

ALP’s full-time faculty are experienced ESL instructors trained in ESOL teaching methods. All faculty hold a minimum of a master’s degree in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), linguistics, or a related field. Most of our instructors speak other languages and have had experience living and working abroad.

Length of Study

ALP offers three instructional terms (semesters) each year: Autumn, Spring, and Summer. Autumn and Spring semesters are 15 weeks long, Summer semester is 12 weeks long and is broken into two sessions (each about 6 weeks long). Classes are offered based on the student population and often range from beginner proficiency to advanced proficiency levels. The average student spends about 9-12 months in our program, but this varies greatly based on the student’s proficiency level at the time of arrival and the student’s native language.

Hours of Study

ALP classes meet four days/week, currently Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday. All students attend 4-5 hours of class daily and can choose from a wide variety of activities, test preparation workshops, and other community events to practice and apply what they’ve learned. These co-curricular activities are scheduled for students during afternoons, evenings, and weekends. On Wednesdays, ALP often plans field trips and other events for students. Even though classes meet four days per week, students are usually on campus five days per week.

Typical Class Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 AM – 1:35 PM