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American Language & Culture Immersion at CSU, Chico
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American Language and Culture Immersion ~ ALCI Chico

Regional & Continuing Education
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, California USA 95929-0250

• E-mail: alci@csuchico.edu

• Telephone: 530-898-6821

• Fax: 530-898-5668

Our Faculty & Staff

James Morris, Academic Coordinator

James Morris, Academic CoordinatorJames (he likes to be called Jamie) grew up in a small town in the mountains of Northern California. At age 18, he moved to Germany for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and then went on to study German and Spanish at Butte College and CSU, Chico. In 2014, he graduated with a B.A. in German Language and Literature before moving back to Germany where he studied linguistics for a year at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Jamie completed his M.A. in Teaching International Languages as well as a graduate TESOL certificate at CSU, Chico.

Since 2016, Jamie has been teaching beginning German at Chico State. He also teaches the Bilingualism in North America course and ESL courses for the American Language & Culture Immersion (ALCI), and and has served as ALCI’s academic coordinator since March 2019. Jamie loves working with international students and teaching language and he feels very fortunate to be able to do both on a daily basis.

Jamie lives in Chico with his wife and young daughter. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys reading about linguistics, natural history, and gardening. He also loves spending time in the outdoors. Whether he is hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, or hunting he enjoys simply getting out there and exploring.

Laura Talley, Enrollment & Student Services Coordinator

Laura Talley, ALCI Enrollment & Student Services CoordinatorLaura joined the ALCI team in August 2019, and was happy to return to the beautiful Chico State campus. She grew up in the Chico area before going to SDSU for a BA in English, and then fulfilled a lifelong goal by joining the Peace Corps and moving to Panama. Over her two years there she learned Spanish and discovered a love of teaching. When she returned to California she began the Teaching International Languages program at Chico State. While a graduate student, she worked at the ESL Resource Center and spent a summer in Japan as a TA. She graduated in 2015 with an MA and certificates in TESOL and teaching composition. Laura taught composition and ESL classes of all levels at Butte College and Yuba College before joining ALCI.

Opportunities to travel when younger and her time abroad have only increased her love of learning about and experiencing other cultures and languages. Laura enjoys working with international students to help them experience the same during their time in Chico. She lives in Chico with her husband and cats, and enjoys reading and doing west coast swing in her free time. She also travels whenever she has the opportunity.

Recreation Counselors and Student Staff

The ALCI Chico program benefits from the hard work of our student recreational counselors and staff. This team of CSU, Chico student assistants help out in the ALCI office and serve as recreation leaders and advisors to the ALCI students. Rec leaders provide general assistance to our students through peer-support and facilitate structured learning and leisure activities. We encourage you to meet our rec leaders and get involved with the many activities we have planned.


Navpreet Atwal is from San Jose, California located in the beautiful South Bay, and has attended Chico State since 2012. She joined the ALCI staff September, 2012 as a student assistant. Her daily duties include processing applications, answering phone calls, and assisting students in questions or concerns they may have. Navpreet plans to graduate from Chico State with a bachelor's degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner. When she is not in the ALCI office or studying for a class, Navpreet likes to spend time reading, cooking, volunteering, and chatting with friends. Navpreet is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Spanish, and English. She hopes to one day travel the world, putting her knowledge and experience to use!