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English

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English - American Language Institute

American Language Institute

For students who need English language training prior to enrolling at CSULB, the American Language Institute provides professional instruction in all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Conditional admission to CSULB is available for qualified students. PLEASE NOTE: International students are subject to the same Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and EPT/ELM requirements as are all CSULB students.

American Language Institute (ALI) courses are for non-native speakers of English. ALI courses are recommended for international students (students on F1 visas). ALP courses are recommended for all other non-native speakers of English.

145. American Language Advanced I (3)

Prerequisite: Non-native speakers who score 137 or below on the English Placement Test, or 500 or below on the Exam in English as a Second Language, and who have not taken equivalent writing courses in another department, are eligible for enrollment.
Counts toward elective credit for undergraduates. Does not count toward graduation for Graduate students, but does count toward course load credit.
Basic course in writing, intensive practice in every stage of writing process from generating ideas to final proofreading. Reviews and teaches organizational strategies and includes strategies for paragraph and sentence development and for making appropriate word choices. Teaches conventional mechanics, spelling and the grammar of standard edited written English.

150. American Language Advanced I (3)

Prerequisite: Non-native speakers who score 138-150 on the English Placement Test, or 501 through 550 on the Exam in English as a Second Language, or successful completion of ALI/ALP 145 with a grade of “C” or better.
Counts toward elective credit for undergraduates. Does not count toward graduation for Graduate students, but does count toward course load credit.
Includes critical/analytical reading and expository writing with emphasis on longer essays. Analysis and practice of standard rhetorical modes of essay development.