ALI Academic Classes

Two of our Intensive English classes can count for credit toward graduation.


ALI 141

Advanced Academic English Grammar For Non-Native Speakers IV
This course is eligible for elective undergraduate degree credit; it focuses on the analytical understanding and application of English grammar. Students will be expected to observe usage patterns of the English language in a combination of both normative and prescriptive grammars appropriate for academic English application. There will be frequent exercises emphasizing mastery of complex grammar structures including all verb tenses, dependent clauses, modals, and unreal conditionals, and of the relationship between ideas and the construction of sentences in academic discourse.

ALI 143

Advanced Academic English Reading For Non-Native Speakers IV
This course is eligible for elective undergraduate degree credit; it focuses on preparing students to deal effectively with sophisticated academic reading materials by guiding them in the development of a conscious and reflective approach toward reading. It emphasizes advanced reading skills of interpretation, inference, critical analysis, evaluation and application. There will be frequent exercises addressing the acquisition and practice of study skills and collaborative academic work.

Beyond the Intensive English Program, the ALI offers many academic classes.


English 110

English I: Introduction To Academic Prose
This course introduces students to college-level reading, writing, and discourse analysis: it engages students in the analysis and creation of texts that reveal multiple perspectives about specific rhetorical situations and cultural issues. In addition to learning how to revise by analyzing their own writing, students will learn to edit their own work and use proper academic documentation.

English 225

English II: Intermediate Academic Prose
This course extends the work of ENGLISH 110 with an additional emphasis on research. Each section of ENGLISH 225 uses a combination of book-length and shorter texts on focus on specific historical and/or cultural issues. As they learn to participate in scholarly conversations, students will find and evaluate library and internet sources. As with ENGLISH 110, this course emphasizes revision, editing, and proper academic documentation.
Prerequisites: ENGLISH 110 or DISC 100 or ACT sub-score of 30 or SAT writing sub-score of 690.

English 250

Introduction To Language Acquisition And Diversity
Investigation of the basic principles of first and second language acquisition. Topics addressed include language competency, socio-cultural factors in language, dialects, acquisitional principles, and language diversity. Students will take part in monitored classroom observations in public schools, and will critically analyze how the topics addressed in class apply to real life and to teaching situations. A service learning component is included.

A&S 210

Cross-Cultural Interaction: Experience & Understanding
This course focuses on the social and cultural context of interactional patterns. U.S. and international students are paired in academic activities to encourage mutual understanding and self-awareness. They will draw on a variety of resources and learning modalities to examine aspects of their own and other’s societies, cultures, religions, and family relations. Making use of intercultural theories, students will reflect upon and explore cultural myths and stereotypes and develop a general understanding of cultural similarities and differences.

A&S 310

Cross-Cultural Interaction II: Social Relations
This course will match international students with U.S. students to prepare them to interact more effectively in multilingual and/or intercultural settings. Students learn through readings on cultural theory and cultural relations, in-class small group activities, discussions and lectures, how issues of identity, such as age, sexual orientation, and ethnicity; impact cross-cultural interaction. Papers written for this course will help students integrate theory with previous experience, leading to an understanding of oppression in cross-cultural interaction.
Prerequisite: A&S 210

DISC 100

Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)
“Discourse” refers to the language, images, styles, genres, behaviors and other forms of communication used by specific social and professional groups. The techniques of discourse analysis and language awareness taught in this course will enable you to position yourself socially and professionally, helping you understand the discourse conventions, reasoning, and “commonsense” assumptions that create and define academic, political, professional, and other discourse formations and communities. Students will produce, perform, and analyze college-level, oral and written texts; and they will learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities.
Corequisite: Anchor I

DISC 200

Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)

Students will produce, perform, and analyze college-level, oral and written texts that are based on sustained academic research. Students will continue to develop their understanding of discourse analysis and language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms. Students will interpret and synthesize college-level scholarship that addresses how diverse discourse communities define, evaluate, and transform individual, institutional, and cultural identities. This course is associated with the anchor course Culture and Diversity and prepares students for DISC 300.
Prerequisites: DISC 100
Corequisites: Anchor II

DISC 300

Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)

Students will put the knowledge and skills learned in Discourse I and II into practical use by engaging in a service-learning project that is interdisciplinary and intercultural. Students will use strategies of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness to target the appropriate audience/recipients for their service project, to develop innovative and rhetorically effective texts, and to reflect on their project’s purpose, methods, and consequences. This course is taught in close connection with the anchor course Civic and Community Engagement.
Prerequisites: DISC 200
Corequisites: Anchor III