Alabama Language Institute

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Alabama Language Institute's Mission Statement:

Using modern technology and a variety of classroom teaching methods, Alabama Language Institute aims to

  • Prepare students for a successful academic experience in a U.S. college or university.
  • Help students obtain an adequate score on the TOEFL.
  • Improve English language skills for professionals in the workplace.
  • Provide a nurturing environment conducive to learning.
  • Internationalize the larger institution and promote the cultural diversity of the campus.
  • Encourage students to respect cultures different from their own and play a role in promoting peace and understanding in the world.


  • Started in 1973.
  • First language institute in Alabama.
  • Only Intensive English Program at a community college in Alabama.
  • Recognized as the oldest in the Southeast by National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA).


Students with the Alabama Language Institute signage

ALI advantages:

  • Low Cost
  • Small Class Size
  • Individual Attention
  • Longevity and Experience
  • 1st Language Diversity in Student Population

ALI programming usually also includes:

  • Student Advising (Required Twice Per Semester)
  • Cultural Workshops
  • Conversation Partners
  • Field trips
  • Practice TOEFL Exams
  • International Education Week (Fall)
  • International Festival (Spring)


ALI courses provide practice in all four major language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are given a computerized placement test, interview and written diagnostic during the student’s first term and are then placed into the appropriate level according to scores on the ESL Placement test.

ALI Contact Information: 256-549-8389

ALI Courses

Level 1/2: Beginning Level 3/4: Intermediate Level 5/6: Advanced Credit Hours
Grammar Grammar Grammar 3
Reading Reading Reading 3
Composition  Composition Composition 3
Listening/Speaking Listening/Speaking Listening/Speaking 3
Vocabulary 1 Vocabulary 2 Vocabulary 3  3
Pronunciation 1 Pronunciation 2 TOEFL Strategies 3

Sample schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.   Pronunciation   Pronunciation  
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Reading Speaking/Listening Reading Speaking/Listening  
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Composition Grammar Composition Grammar  
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch  
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Vocabulary   Vocabulary    


Estimated Expenses for Alabama Language Institute
(1 Semester = 16 weeks)

Estimated ALI Expenses Fall Semester
(Aug. 22, 2022 – Dec. 20, 2023)
Spring Semester
(Jan. 9, 2023 – May 11, 2023)
Summer Semester
(May 31, 2023 – Aug. 9, 2023)

 1. Tuition (18 credit hours at $291 per credit hour)*

 $5,238  $5,238  $5,238
 2. Books and supplies**   $   350 $   350 $   350
 3. Medical Insurance 

 $   514

$   514

$   284

 4. Room and board****  $2,400 $2,400 $1,500
    One time dorm deposit  $   200 $   200 $   200
 TOTALS  $8,702 $8,702 $7,572

Estimated cost for 2 semesters: $17,204 ($200 dorm deposit is one time only) (June-August not included).
Personal spending varies, but $225 per month is average.

Explanation of expenses for each item listed above:

NOTE: Additional expenses include expenses between semesters and on holidays, clothes, laundry, and personal needs. If the student lives off-campus and/or purchases a car, additional expenses will exceed the average.

Important Information

Room and board is not guaranteed until paid in full. Tuition and medical insurance must be paid in full at the time of registration. These expenses can be paid by money order, cash, credit card (Visa, Master Card or American Express), traveler’s checks, or by a cashier’s check from a U.S. bank or institution, or wire transfer.