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Learn English As a Second Language at ALCI

Welcome to ALCI
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The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) is the intensive English as a second language program at Long Beach City College. Whether you are preparing for college admission, advancing in your career, or just want to improve your English language skills, the ALCI is the right place for you. The ALCI is highly regarded as one of the best intensive English language programs in the Los Angeles area. 

In addition to studying English as a second language, the program will orient you to American culture and college culture. Come join students from all over the world as you learn English and make friends for life! Incoming international students may apply for an I-20 to study in the ALCI.  No TOEFL score or other English language test is necessary for admission to our program.  Upon successful completion of the ALCI program, we will assist you in transitioning to the LBCC credit program, if you so desire.

Program Features

Our program includes a strong focus on the basic skills needed to be a successful college student. Therefore, students spend many hours a week studying reading, writing and grammar. However, the expert teachers at ALCI realize that it takes more than the basics to be a successful English speaker and college student. Therefore, students will also study and improve their listening, speaking, pronunciation and use of English idioms.

Because gaining familiarity with the college is important for many of our students, the ALCI teachers and staff take special care to guide the students through the institution's administrative processes. Beginning with your application to the program, we are there to help you with any questions or concerns that may arise. Campus tours, placement testing, academic advising and other procedures are included in the program to help students easily navigate the college system.

ALCI teachers are selected very carefully. We hire only experienced, talented and innovative teachers so that students enjoy their learning experience. Students do not sit quietly at  their desks taking notes all day.  Students are encouraged to participate in the interactive, communicative learning methods that are used in their classroom. We believe that a student who develops a love for learning, a love for the English language and a love of American culture will be a successful student.

Class Size & Diversity

Because the ALCI program is a small program, students can expect to have small classes (15 or less students). This assures that students get much individual attention from their teachers and many opportunities to practice their English. Teachers also love the small class sizes because they can easily provide lots of feedback to each student design their lessons to meet the needs of their students.

ALCI boasts an unusually diverse student population. In a class of 10 students, it’s not unusual to have 8 different countries represented. Just name a country, and a student from there has probably studied at ALCI.  International students from all over the globe (Asia, South America, Africa, etc.) find their way to the American Language & Culture Institute to study English as a second language. Students that attend the ALCI make friends from all over the world and remain friends (especially thanks to Facebook) for years to come.  Visit our ALCI facebook page at  follow ALCI on facebook

Why Choose ALCI?

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Because we understand that learning goes beyond the classroom and beyond the LBCC campus, the ALCI program presents students with opportunities to participate in local activities (such as picnics in the park, group bike rides, etc.). Other off-campus field trips have included: Knott’s Berry farm, UCLA campus tour, Aquarium of the Pacific, Huntington Beach, etc.  We usually sponsor 2 field trips per 8-week session and have students vote on their preferred destination.

Aside from the great language and cultural education, ALCI students enjoy studying and living in Southern California. Just a 20-minute commute from Los Angeles, the main campus of LBCC is situated in a very beautiful, safe, suburban area of Long Beach. The neighborhood is populated with beautiful, single-family homes and many parks, bike paths and other open areas. Restaurants and shopping is not far, and the beach is only a few miles away. And the weather is beautiful all year round!

Mission Statement

The goal of the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) is to provide one of the best comprehensive and challenging intensive English language programs for international students and other English language learners. Students in the ALCI program will improve their English language skills and get ready for academic, social and cultural integration into the Long Beach City College community.

Upon successful completion of the American Language & Culture Institute  program, an international student should have the language mastery, study skills, knowledge about American culture and the LBCC college culture, and social network to be a successful student at LBCC. The teachers and staff at the ALCI and in the International Student Programs promise to extend themselves, their services and expertise to professionally assist all students along their journey towards meeting their academic, career and language goals.