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American Language & Culture Immersion at CSU, Chico

ALCI Chico Intensive English Program

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The American Language and Culture Immersion program at California State University, Chico (ALCI Chico) provides high-quality language instruction, knowledgeable admising, supportive student services, and a compassionate bridge between cultures. Our classes offer:

  • High-quality English instruction year-round, scheduled in five, 7-week sessions
  • Instruction and contemporary curricula for all proficiency levels from beginning to advanced
  • 20-25 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Average class size of 13 students. 20 students maximum.
  • Core courses include speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar
  • Elective courses include TOEFL preparation, Business English, pronunciation, American idioms, math preparation, and special interest topics

Thousands of students have found Chico to be an excellent place to learn English and prepare for their academic success.

Great Faculty & Instructional Staff

  • Professionally educated and hold a Master's degree (MA) in English with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or a related field
  • Members of professional educational organizations - NAFSA, AAIEP
  • Experienced in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in the United States and overseas
  • Familiar with the challenges of learning a second language because they have studied foreign language
  • Responsive to diverse learning styles and cultures

English Proficiency Placement

During orientation, your language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be assessed. Your class level will be determined based on your test scores.

Certificates & Evaluation

The American Language and Culture Immersion, Chico awards three types of certificates to recognize student achievement: attendance, completion, and proficiency. The type of certificate you receive depends on the grades you earn and your language proficiency level at the time you finish your studies. Your academic performance will be continually evaluated and grade reports will be issued at the end of each session.


A TOEFL score is usually a requirement for college and university admission for non-English language speakers. TOEFL preparation classes are offered year-round through ALCI. The TOEFL iBT examination is administered on campus.

Conversation Partners

To enhance English conversation and for cultural immersion, the Conversation Partner program pairs ALCI Chico students with local students and staff. Partners meet weekly to chat in informal situations. This gives ALCI students a chance to practice speaking English with native speakers and to learn more about the California culture. American students have the chance to learn new cultures and make international friendships.