Established in 1979, the Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) offers intensive English instruction to a diverse range of individuals who wish to learn the language quickly and effectively for academic, social, or work purposes. Our instructors comprise experienced and dedicated professionals with a degree in TESOL or another related field, as well as extensive training. They follow a curriculum focused on intensive instruction on study, vocabulary and reading, oral communication, composition, and grammar skills.
The SSALI welcomes students of various nationalities, mostly Asians. We also receive people from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Their language study in Sonoma is enriched with experiences outside the classroom: assignments, field trips, local sightseeing, and more. They participate in cultural and social activities organized through the Center for International Education. When it comes to their accommodation, they can choose to stay in an on-campus dormitory or with a local host family.