Welcome to UMKC's ESOL Program!
Each student at the ALI has their own reason for choosing our program. Whether you're learning English to prepare for academic study, participating in an exchange program to learn English and U.S. culture, or improving your English for your daily life, the ALI is excited to have you join us. 

Meet Our Students


Our mission is to offer comprehensive English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction for academic, personal or professional purposes as well as language acquisition and cross-cultural classes and seminars. In addition, the Institute aims to provide students with an understanding of U.S. cultures and values, particularly within the educational environment, while acknowledging and valuing students' own cultures and languages.

ALI teaching and administrative staff are friendly, supportive, and understanding of the needs of international students in the United States. They have studied another language and have lived abroad, so they know what it's like to learn a new language somewhere that is completely different from home. They are dedicated to supporting students not only in their language learning, but in adjusting to life in a new culture at the same time. 

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