It is my pleasure to welcome friends and teachers to graduation day at the ALA academy. How do we measure the time we’ve spent in ALA academy? In the beginning, we measured it in class periods, counting down the day to eventual freedom. As the days and weeks passed, we measured it in semesters, and later in years as we moved from being those first level students, to becoming graduating students who thought they had it all figured out. As young people, you will leave ALA academy and go many different directions. However, you will always have your foundation here. A foundation that comes from the combined efforts of your teachers and families. That foundation includes strong academics, but also much more. It includes the work that you have done to learn to fix your own mistakes, to talk problems out with a friend to come to a resolution that serves everyone, to think independently about your learning and goals, and yes, most importantly a foundation built on respect. You will build on that foundation as you continue to discover who you are in your next exciting steps of life. Congratulations my fellow graduates of the level five. Wherever we go and whatever we do, may we always be friends when we meet again.
American Language Academy® (ALA) is pleased to announce that we are opening a new international campus in Saudi Arabia in August of this year, located at 6989 King Abdul Aziz Road- Al Nafel District, Riyadh 13312-2470.
ALA is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), recognized by the US Department of Education, and approved by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). The campus will offer Academic English language programs and will serve female students in a newly renovated facility with seven classrooms. Students will receive instruction from qualified instructors who meet ALA and CEA’s rigorous faculty standards.
All students will have access to ALA’s over 90 US university partners that accept our Level 5 graduates with no TOEFL or IELTS score and offer conditional letters of admission to qualifying students. Students enrolled in our programs can complete their courses of study in Saudi Arabia, online, or transfer anytime to our campuses in the United States.
For more information contact our Admissions Office at 336-285-1318 or email@example.com.
On Friday, April 24, 2019, American Language Academy (ALA) entered a Memorandum of Understanding for English Language Instruction Programs with the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The agreement was signed by ALA President Yuni Nguyen, UNCG Provost Dana Dunn PhD, and UNCG Director of International Recruitment Carol Mandzik.
The agreement allows ALA students who want to enroll at UNCG the opportunity to demonstrate their English language proficiency through graduation from ALA’s Intensive English Program Level 5 course instead of by meeting the TOEFL, IELTS, or another English standardized test score requirement. UNCG will also provide conditional letters of admission for students seeking to attend the university after finishing their studies at ALA.
UNCG was founded in 1891 and has been serving students for over 125 years. UNCG offers an array of on-campus and online degree programs in the fields of Science, Math, Business and Finance, Arts and Music, Humanities, Education, Information Systems, Public Health, Social Sciences, History, Culture, and Diversity Studies, and more. With over a hundred majors and minors to choose from, students have many educational and career possibilities.
On Friday, February 15, 2019, American Language Academy (ALA) entered a Memorandum of Understanding for English Language Instruction Programs with American National University (ANU) located in Roanoke, Virginia. The agreement was signed by both American Language Academy President Yuni Nguyen and American National University President Frank Longaker.
The agreement allows ALA students who want to enroll at American National University the opportunity to demonstrate their English language proficiency through graduation from ALA’s Intensive English Program Level 5 course instead of by meeting the TOEFL, IELTS, or another English standardized test score requirement. American National University will also provide conditional letters of admission for students seeking to attend the university after finishing their studies at ALA.
American National University was founded in 1886 and has been serving students for over 130 years. American National University offers an array of on-campus, blended learning, and online degree programs in the career focused fields of Business & Accounting, Health Sciences, and Information Technology.
On Wednesday, June, 21 2017, American Language Academy (ALA) entered a Memorandum of Understanding for English Language Instruction Programs with Bennett College located in Greensboro, North Carolina, which will be in effect through Spring 2020.
The agreement was signed by both American Language Academy President Yuni Nguyen and Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins on Bennett’s campus. The agreement allows ALA students who want to enroll at Bennett College the opportunity to demonstrate their English language proficiency through graduation from ALA’s Intensive English Program Level 5 course instead of by meeting the TOEFL, IELTS, or another English standardized test score requirement. Bennett will also provide a residential and cultural component to what ALA currently provides to its students in the Greensboro area.
Serving students for over 140 years, Bennett College was founded in 1873 as a historically black coed institution. In 1926 in it became a women’s only college. Since then, Bennett’s mission had been to provide “women an education conducive to excellence in scholarly pursuits; preparation for leadership roles in the workplace, society, and the world; and life-long learning in a technologically advanced, complex global society” (Bennett College).
Bennett offers 24 different areas of study in the fields of Education, Social Sciences, Humanities, and in Natural and Behavioral Sciences and Mathematics.
The addition of Bennett College brings the total number of ALA partner colleges and universities to over 75.
For more information about Bennett College go to www.bennett.edu or contact ALA at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Student Services office.
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ALA is committed to preparing English language learners for life after ALA. One way of doing this is the ALA College Fair. ALA is partnered with several colleges and universities throughout America. This allows ALA’s international English language learners to transition from ALA into institutions of higher education, to pursue their career goals and aspirations. ALA is now partnered with 21 colleges and universities that include Salem College, Greensboro College, ECPI, and Full Sail University among lots of others; with degrees that range from the medical industry to media arts and plenty of others.
ALA’s college fair, held two or three times a year, affords English language learners the opportunity to meet with representatives from ALA’s partner schools and find out more about the programs of studies offered. English as a Second language learners can get questions answered about admission requirements (ALA certifications, ILETS scores, TOEFL scores, etc.). ALA English language learner students can get a feel for the various academic programs that the partner schools offer and what ALA students can bring to the various partner colleges and universities to prepare for their lives after ALA and college.
The ALA Online Leadership Team is comprised of dedicated professionals who have years of experience with English language instruction, program development, and business management. The Leadership Team ensures that English language classes offered at ALA provide the highest quality content (ESL English) using the most up-to-date innovations in English language teaching methodology and technology. They also help maintain ALA’s CEA accreditation.
ALA online English teachers all have extensive experience teaching English and all want their students to be more confident speakers, readers, writers, and listeners of the English language when they finish ALA’s English program. Our English instructors care about their students’ success. Many of ALA’s English language learners stay in touch with their English teachers throughout their lives. If you want extra practice, most of our English language instructors are available for private lessons to help you with a specific subject.
When English language learners take place in online English learning at ALA, they will:
- Learn from quality English as a Second Language instructors who have many years of experience and can help you learn American English quickly.
- Have the option to schedule private lessons on any English or professional subject with your English language teachers.
- Stay in touch with some of your academic English instructors after you finish your English language classes at ALA and return home.
On June 1, 2017, Yuni Nguyen, President of the American Language Academy, met with Professor Tao Yu, Dean of the International Education Department at the Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (ZIME) and Dr. Susan Jagendorf-Sobierski, Executive Director of International Education at SUNY Cobleskill . The three educators discussed the potential for the American Language Academy to assist the two universities as they prepare students to maximize their level of English language knowledge. ZIME’s and SUNY’s Path Pro Program offers Chinese students a range of options for academic and career development beyond the vocational education students receive in China. Path Pro provides those students with accredited outcomes that will be recognized by 4-year U.S. universities and colleges toward bachelor degrees.
ALA’s Intensive English Program serves as a bridge spanning the first two years of an undergraduate dual degree program between the native country school and the last two years at an American institution. We ensure that students have both the requisite language and academic skills.
On June 5, 2017, Yuni Nguyen, President of the American Language Academy (ALA) visited the Xi’an International University (XAIU). Ms. Nguyen met with Guo Xinhua, Dean of International Cooperation and Director of International Center, Geoffrey K. Tsang, Vice Director for International Programs, International Center Associate Dean, College of International Cooperation and several members of their staff. The meeting was arranged by Tang Cai, China Program Coordinator. for the American Language Academy.
XAIU is located in the heart of Xi’an and boasts two beautiful campuses totaling 135 hectares, a student population in excess of 23,000, and faculty and staff of over 1,500. The University includes 11 colleges with 34 departments offering a total of 101 major fields of study, which cover economics, humanities, management, engineering, agriculture, medicine and law. It has grown into a multi-discipline and multi-layer comprehensive university.
The XAIU Deans are interested in both teacher training and the possibility of an International ALA operation headquartered at XAIU. Further, ALA and XAIU will establish a framework whereby ALA will act as a bridge to help XAIU establish degree programs with appropriate ALA pathway partners. ALA has pathway agreements with 74 US universities and colleges.