II. OUR ASSOCIATES
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The United States government, with encouragement from the Cameroon government, created the American Language Center (ALC) in Douala in 1972 to promote the teaching of English in this predominantly French-speaking part of Cameroon. The United States Information Service (USIS) administered the Language Center as part of the American Cultural Center of Douala. When USIS later wound down its operations in Douala in the late eighties, the language training section continued, as the demand for language learning was quite high.
ALC Douala has, since its inception, graduated literally thousands of students from its language program. To make it easy for our graduates to find admission into US universities, we sought and received approval from the New Jersey-based Education Testing Service (ETS) for ALC Douala to administer examinations into US universities, such as TOEFL iBT®, GRE, etc. The latest addition from ETS is the iBT® that is administered several times a year, thus enabling candidates to write TOEFL at any time of the year they may wish to.
Upon popular demand, ALC Douala has opened a translation unit manned by competent, certified, and sworn translators. We also offer professional training courses in companies. We design and give short courses and seminars on time management, stress management, principled leadership, team work, etc.
ALC Douala has a library that provides good research services to students from secondary, post secondary, and university levels. This is all the more valuable as a good library with English books is a rarity in the city of Douala. ALC Douala is located on Rue Franqueville below “La Procure des Missions” and AXA Insurance Company in Akwa Douala. It’s location in the heart of the commercial district of Douala makes access easy to everyone.BACK TO TOP ↑
Promoting effective communication and bridging community divides through language teaching/learning and associated professional services, at affordable prices.BACK TO TOP ↑
We will do this by operating a training center that offers integrated language training, language resources and testing services. We shall also provide associated professional services and professional training solutions that reinforce and support our vision. All our services and solutions shall be delivered by highly qualified, highly motivated, and experienced professionals with a strong focus on helping our customers meet their objectives.BACK TO TOP ↑
- Good citizenship: We are a limited liability corporation registered in accordance with the laws governing such corporations in Cameroon.
- Honesty and Integrity: We operate in a transparent manner, refusing to indulge in or promote any act that might compromise our honesty and integrity; for example, we will not, under any circumstance, offer or accept a bribe, or indulge in any act of corruption, as a way of attracting business. The results of our services speak for us.
- Quality: We promise, and offer, high quality services to our clients, and in the rare cases where concerns are raised, for example, in the area of translation, we are quick to work with the client to remedy them at no extra cost to the client.
- Confidentiality: We respect confidentiality by not disclosing to any third party any information we may acquire in the course of work with our clients.
VI. A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR
The American Language Center (ALC) of Douala has been teaching English mainly, but not exclusively, to French-speaking Cameroonians in the port city of Douala since 1972.
We offer classes to adults at all levels at our premises. However, at clients’ request, we can tailor special courses to meet their needs and/or the needs of their employees. Such courses include Business English, English for Hotel Workers, English for Bankers, English for Restaurant Workers, etc. Our course materials include texts, audio cds, and video cds.
On a daily basis, we offer basic English language classes in six levels. We also have a Conversation Class for advanced students. We teach English to school children and to high school students preparing for official examinations (BEPC, Probatoire, BAC, etc).
We attribute the success of our program to a competent and devoted teaching staff, as well as to small-sized classes, and attention to the needs of our students. Our staff benefits from regular professional development workshops, facilitated by some experienced teachers, and the Public Affairs Office of the United States Embassy in Cameroon has been very helpful in this regard.
Our Center is an authorized testing center for TOEFL, GRE, and SAT, and we provide information on GMAT. These are standardized tests from Educational Testing Service (ETS) based in Princeton, New Jersey (USA). Success in these tests is generally a prerequisite for admission into many universities in North American, and even beyond. In addition to information, we also provide general counseling to students intending to study in the United States of America.
Given the importance of English in almost all fields in the world of today, it is therefore obvious that fluent communication in English gives you and your employees or your children an edge in the present business and academic world. The ALC Douala ensures that you and your employees and students communicate with ease and with confidence in English. We have been doing just that for the past over 39 years in the city of Douala.
For more information, please contact us at (237) 3343-2642, or (237) 7592-3507.BACK TO TOP ↑