5301 Rockhill Road
816- 235-1233
816-235-5437 (fax)

Program Description

The Applied Language Institute (ALI) is a joint program of UMKC and The Metropolitan Community College (MCC). The Institute’s mission is to offer comprehensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) 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. culture and values, particularly within the educational environment, while acknowledging and valuing students' own cultures and languages.

Our intensive ESL program offers up to 27 hours of instruction per week in Listening/Speaking, Reading/Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing, U.S. Culture, and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Preparation. Classes are small and offered at all levels of instruction from beginning through advanced. In addition, students have access to a multimedia language resource center. Our teaching and administrative staff is friendly, supportive, and understanding of the needs of international students in the United States.

Regular programs run from late August through December (Fall), January through May (Spring), and June and July (Summer). Additionally, the ALI offers a variety of specialized short-term and group programs that include language and cultural/academic education.

English Proficiency Requirement

Proficiency in English is essential to success in academic programs at UMKC. The ALI’s role at UMKC is to ensure that all non-native English speakers either already have, or have an opportunity to acquire these necessary skills. Prior to enrollment, newly-admitted ALI students, and international academically-admitted students who have a TOEFL score below 100, or an IELTS score below 6.5 are required to take the English Evaluation Examination administered by the ALI. Based on results of the English Evaluation Examination, students must enroll in and successfully complete the ALI coursework indicated as necessary. For academic students, coursework is determined by the ALI in consultation with the student's academic unit.

The only international students exempted from this admissions policy are:

  • Native English speakers from English-speaking countries such as Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Non-native English speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (such as the United States, Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand), provided that they have spent a minimum of two years of successful full-time study and English was the medium of instruction.

Grades and GPA

All ALI coursework is graded according to UMKC policies and is used in the calculation of a student’s grade point average (GPA).

  • Academic Probation and Ineligibility
    • Academic status is assessed at the end of every term, whether the student is full time or part time for that term.
    • A summer session is considered the same as a semester for the purpose of determining academic actions.
    • Students are notified of academic actions via their UMKC e-mail address.
    • Students will be placed on academic probation if their GPA falls below 2.0.
    • Once students are placed on academic probation, they have two semesters to raise their cumulative GPA to the level required (2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 for graduate students).
    • During those two semesters, students term GPA must be at least 2.0 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students to be allowed to continue. (Note: some academic units may have higher GPA requirements.)
    • Students who fail to meet the criteria as stated above will be ineligible to re-enroll without permission of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Standards Committee
  • Credit/Non-Credit
    • ALI students registered as pass/fail, who fail two or more courses during an academic term, will be placed on academic probation.
    • Students who are placed on academic probation must not fail one or more courses per semester during the following two academic semesters.
    • Students who fail to meet the criteria as stated above will be ineligible to re-enroll without permission of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Standards Committee.

Tammy Adams; lecturer; B.A. (University of the Pacific, CA); M.A. (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

Juanita Blackton; adjunct instructor; B.B.A (Eastern Michigan University); MA (University of Central Missouri)

Chelsey Butts; adjunct instructor; B.A. (Tulane University); M.S.E., M.A. (University of Kansas)

Kathryn DeBenedetti; lecturer; B.A. (Southern Oregon University); M.A. (Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, England)

Shelby Estelle; adjunct instructor; B.S. (University of Nebraska); M.A. (University of Central Missouri)

Deborah Garza; adjunct instructor; B.A., M.A. (University of Kansas)

Talyn Good; lecturer; B.A. (University of Missouri); M.A. (University of Kansas)

Stephen Holland-Wempe; ESL specialist; B.A. (Rockhurst University); M.A. (School for International Training)

Joseph (Clint) Hughes; lecturer; B.A. (Southwest Missouri State University)

Emily Kirklin; adjunct instructor; B.A. (Michigan Technology University); M.A.T. (University of Southern California)

Alma (Estelle) Manning; adjunct instructor; B.A., M.A. (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

Michael Meeder; adjunct instructor; B.A. (Sarah Lawrence College); M.A. (Arizona State University)

Monica Mingucci; director; B.A. (University of São Paulo); M.A. (Central Missouri State University); PhD (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

Patrick Mitchell; lecturer; B.A. (Rockhurst University); M.A. (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

Janine O’Shea; lecturer; B.A. (University of Kansas); M.A. (University of Missouri-Kansas City); M.B.A. (Rockhurst University)

Fiorillo (Phil) Ruggiero; lecturer; B.A. (Queens College); M.A. (University of Kansas)

Samantha Sagastume; lecturer; B.A. (Northwest Missouri State University); M.A. (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

Charles Sailors; adjunct instructor; B.A. (Southern Nazarene University); M.A. (Nazarene Theological Seminary)

Adam Shoemaker; associate director; B.A. (Rockhurst University); M.A. (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

Michael Turner; lecturer; B.A. (Truman State University); M.A. (University of Oregon)

Deirdre Wood; adjunct instructor; B.A. (Drake University); M.A. (New York University)