American Language Institute

         at San Francisco State University

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Curriculum

Your ALI Class Schedule

Every week, you will have 22 hours of ALI class:

6 hours on Monday and Wednesday (usually 9:00 - 4:00)
5 hours on Tuesday and Thursday  (usually 9:00 - 3:00)
On Friday, you have no required classes. You can go on ALI activities or take TOEFL classes.

The ALI Curriculum

The ALI curriculum provides a serious, intensive program of language preparation that focuses on academic skills and university preparation. It is primarily designed to give students the language and academic skills necessary for successful university study in the United States. Classes are designed for serious, mature and self-directed students with academic or professional goals.

ALI Course Outline

Level 42: Low Intermediate Level
Reading/Writing: 2 hours daily
Listening/Speaking: 2 hours daily
Grammar: 2 hours Monday and Wednesday, 1 hour Tuesday and Thursday

Level 44: Intermediate Level
Reading/Writing: 2 hours daily
Listening/Speaking: 2 hours daily
Grammar: 2 hours Monday and Wednesday, 1 hour Tuesday and Thursday

Level 46: Advanced/Intermediate Level
Reading/Writing: 2 hours daily
Listening/Speaking: 2 hours daily
*Mini-Courses: 2 hours Monday and Wednesday, 1 hour Tuesday and Thursday

Level 47: Pre-Advanced Level (Students must have completed ALI Level 46)
Reading/Writing: 2 hours daily
Listening/Speaking: 2 hours daily
*Mini-Courses: 2 hours Monday and Wednesday, 1 hour Tuesday and Thursday

Level 48:  Advanced Level 
Reading/Writing: 2 hours daily
Listening/Speaking: 2 hours daily
*Mini-Courses: 2 hours Monday and Wednesday, 1 hour Tuesday and Thursday

Gateway (Students must have completed ALI Level 48)
Integrated Skills for the University: 2 hours daily
*One ALI Mini-Course: 2 hours Monday and Wednesday
One San Francisco State University course

* Mini-Courses (Electives) for Levels 46, 47, 48 and Gateway Students
 Level 46, 47, 48, and Gateway students select two of these mini-courses:

  • American Short Stories
  • Grammar for Written Expression
  • American Cultural Perspectives 
  • Advanced Grammar for Written Expression
  • American Social Issues                     
  • Pronunciation
  • Business English
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