The Institute’s mission is to offer comprehensive English-for-Speaker-of-Other-Languages (ESOL) instruction for academic, personal or professional purposes as well as language acquisition and cross-cultural classes.

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.

This means that you will experience high-quality instruction by skilled instructors in a place that is sensitive to your needs. Our faculty and staff have all lived abroad and studied another language, so they know what it is like to be away from home and family and to adjust to a different environment. We truly do strive to make this your home in the Heartland!

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Comprehensive Applied Language Institute Online Placement Exam

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