Online Tutoring

The ALI offers online tutoring and private instruction with one of our qualified instructors. This tutoring can be in-person or online. All our instructors have at least a master’s degree in teaching English to Students of Other Language or something related. They have also lived abroad and have studied a foreign language, so they can understand just how challenging learning a new language can be.

For the fall 2020 semester, all tutoring will be online. The ALI will reassess this decision in January 2021.

Prospective & New ALI Students

If you are a new or prospective ALI student, contact us at ali@umkc.edu for more information about these tutoring options.

Prospective Students

Cost is $25/hour

Once a prospective student has taken the online English placement exam, CALIOPE, they are eligible for one online tutoring session with one of the ALI’s full-time instructors. This is a great way to learn more about the ALI, get to know one of our instructors, and sample the ALI instructional practices.

New Students

Cost is $50/hour

Once an admitted student has taken the online English placement exam, CALIOPE, and registered for classes, they are eligible for pre-semester online tutoring with one of our instructors. This tutoring is intended for students who are marginally below their target level. Once the semester begins, the instructor will determine if the student has met the requirements of their target level.

Current & Outgoing ALI Students

If you are a current or outgoing ALI student, contact the ALI Academic Advisor, Blair Lacy, at lacyb@umkc.edu for more information about these tutoring options.

Current Students

Cost is $50/hour

Students who are taking classes and struggling to meet class expectations can request tutoring during the semester to help them succeed in ALI classes.

Students who want to continue learning English between semesters can request intersession tutoring. Students who narrowly fail a course due to language issues can be recommended by their teacher for intersession tutoring.

Outgoing Students

Cost is $50/hour

This program is for students who have completed their time at the ALI. This tutoring can be a part of a post-program package, where students receive four one-on-one sessions that include both a lesson and a feedback session.

Tutoring offers for outgoing students expire 4 months after leaving UMKC.

Part-Time Students

If you are a U.S. citizen, Green Card holder, or Visiting student contact us at ali@umkc.edu for information about our private instruction options.

Citizens and Green Card Holders

Citizens and Green Card holders who want to improve their English, but work during our normal class times should consider our online private instruction.

The ALI will pair you with one of our qualified instructors for one-on-one lessons. The instructor will provide instruction at your level on skills that you want to focus on.

For University Credit Costs

Credits HoursTuition CostNumber of sessions
1$415.346
2$780.1412
3$1,144.9318

Non Credit Costs

WeeksCostSession LengthNumber of Sessions
Two weeks$1001 hour2
$2002 hours4
Four weeks$2001 hour4
$4002 hours8
Six weeks$3001 hour6
$6002 hours12

Visiting (Non-Resident) Students

Visiting students (non-F-1 or J-1) who want to improve their English, but are busy during our normal class times, should consider our online private instruction.

The ALI will pair you with one of our qualified instructors for one-on-one lessons. The instructor will provide instruction at your level on skills that you want to focus on.

For University Credit Costs

Credit HoursTuition CostNumber of sessions
1$952.0417
2$1,853.5434
3$2,755.0351

Non-Credit Costs

WeeksCostSession LengthNumber of Sessions
Two weeks$1001 hour2
$2002 hours4
Four weeks$2001 hour4
$4002 hours8
Six weeks$3001 hour6
$6002 hours12

Group Sessions

Citizens, Green card holders, and other visiting students who want to improve their English in a group setting, but cannot attend our regular classes should consider our group sessions.

Two-weeks$30/per student1-hour sessions
$60/per student2-hour sessions
Four-weeks$60/per student1-hour sessions
$120/per student2-hour sessions
Six-weeks$80/per student1-hour sessions
$160/per student2-hour sessions

*Group sessions require 4-9 students.

Additional Costs

In order to best support our students, all private instruction students need to complete the online placement test (CALIOPE). The test costs $30-$50.

Contact the ALI at ali@umkc.edu for information about small-group short-term tutorial sessions.