Choose your direction at Gadsden State! Apply Now!

Gadsden State Community College


Alabama Language Institute

English as a Second Language


Intensive English Program

The Alabama Language Institute (ALI), part of Gadsden State Community College, has been providing high quality English language training to students from around the world since 1973.


Mission Statement

Alabama Language Institute provides English as a second language instruction toward the following goals:

  • to help students gain a functional command of English in order to prepare for a successful academic experience in a U.S. college or university,
  • to help students obtain an adequate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • to help students improve English language skills for professionals in the workplace,
  • to provide a nurturing environment conducive to learning, where students can reach their full potential,
  • to internationalize the larger institution and promote the cultural diversity of the campus, and
  • to encourage students, as citizens of the world, to respect and appreciate countries and cultures different from their own and therefore play a role in promoting peace and understanding in the world.


Characteristics of the ALI program:

  • Intensive English as a Second Language Training
  • TOEFL Preparation
  • English for Professional Development
  • Preparation for College Entry

Why choose the Alabama Language Institute?

  • Friendly
  • Quality education since 1973
  • Experienced instructors
  • Small classes (7 - 15)
  • Multiple levels of instruction
  • Courses cover listening, speaking, reading, and writing English
  • Modern audio and computer laboratories
  • Three sessions per year (August, January, May)
  • Special Five-week summer program for special groups
  • On-campus housing and dining
  • Economical cost of living


Gadsden State Community College is an Internet Based Testing Center (iBT) as well as an Institutional Testing Center for the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL). The institutional test is given at the close of each semester: fall, spring, and summer. For information regarding iBT registration and test dates, click on the ETS icon below.

ETS Logo

ETS Authorized TOEFL iBT Center