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Governors State University (GSU)

Intensive ESL Program [University Park, Illinois]


  • The ESL Program has student mentors for the ESL students. The mentors assist in the classroom as well as outside of the class to help ESL students navigate the university and life in the US.
  • GSU has a course called campus seminar that gives ESL students opportunities to learn from faculty in other disciplines and prepares students for courses in their discipline.
  • The school provides a TOEFL prep elective course and free TOEFL test once a semester. The GSU ESL offers plenty of activities on and off campus such as conversation circles, volunteering, trips to museums and other educational sites, and trips to local neighborhoods and downtown Chicago. Multimodal Literacy course provides academic and professional computer literacy and digital writing skills writing resume and creating e-Portfolio.

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The Intensive ESL Program offers English as a Second Language for those interested in improving their English Language skills for academic purposes. Course offerings include: Listening and Speaking, Reading and Vocabulary, Writing and Grammar, Multimodal Composing, Pronunciation, Cross Cultural Contexts and standardized test preparation. The school offers beginning to advanced levels, and students can begin the courses in the Fall, Spring or Summer terms.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1969
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA
      Enrollment : 20
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Available
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to Governors State University’s Intensive ESL Program. Here we care about our student’s academic and personal life. We will assist you from the moment you step off the airplane. We want you to succeed in your academic goals and feel comfortable in this new setting. We provide connections with faculty in other disciplines to allow for a complete academic experience for the ESL student. We hope you will join us in the Chicago southland.

      Akiko Ota, Ed.D
      English as a Second Language Program Director
      School of Extended Learning
      Governors State University
    • Governors State University
      Intensive ESL Program

      1 University Parkway
      University Park, Illinois  60484  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (708) 235-6922
      FAX: +1 (708) 534-8458
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending Intensive ESL Program, students have the option to live in on-campus dormitories. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities, and other students – both American and international. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as soon as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The school may provide information about private off-campus apartments; however, it is the students’ responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Whether you’re coming to GSU from another of the world’s biggest and busiest cities or from the quiet and charm of a rural area, you’ll find many things to make you feel right at home. Surrounding GSU are trails for biking and hiking, nature preserves for getting to know the prairieland of the Midwest region and communities full of culture, entertainment, sports and shopping experiences. In summer months, GSU also has a sustainable garden, with plots available for students and the entire community. Also near campus – and a very short GSU shuttle ride away – is the commuter train that will take you into the heart of Chicago. No matter what you study at GSU, Chicago is an international hub with internships and careers waiting. This is where you’ll find world-class healthcare – with hospitals, research organizations, pharmaceutical and medical companies; education – with one of the largest public school districts in the U.S.; the world’s leading technology and consulting companies; award-winning theatre companies, symphonies and opera companies; and communications companies. Chicago has it all.
    • About the College/University
    • If you are a freshman, you’ll notice two things in your classes: great, full-time professors teaching and no more than 30 students. No teaching assistants. No packed auditoriums. You won’t find a great freshman learning environment like that in most U.S. public universities. If you are a graduate student, you’ll find degree programs that are among the most sought after in the U.S. You’ll find professors who are known across this country and around the world as leaders in their fields. And no matter where you are in your college career, you’ll find a welcoming community. GSU takes pride in their diversity. GSU looks like the world. The school looks like you.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive ESL Program

    • Overview
    • There are four levels of academic instruction. The core courses are Listening and Speaking, Reading and Writing, Multimodal literacy, and Campus Seminar. There is 20 hours of classroom instruction. Each course uses a learning management system component. Each course has a student mentor in the course to assist the faculty and students. Students are given many project based activities and creativity and critical thinking is nurtured.

      Students are expected to focus on learning English as your first priority and make every effort to improve your English proficiency both in and outside class. Attend every class, be on time and stay alert. Be prepared for class by arriving with any required assignments completed per the requirements of the course.

      Students will participate in on-campus cultural and academic activities and attend several off campus events such as visits to museums and nature parks.

      The ESL program at Governors State University offers part-time program for those who are community members and visitors and would like to improve their English skills. You can choose courses based on your needs – speaking/Listening, pronunciation, reading, writing, and/or computer skills.

      • ESL program at Governors State University offers English test preparation courses – TOEFL and for those who would like to improve their standardized English test scores.
      • TOEFL English Improvement Part 1, Part 2
      • TOEFL Test-taking skills and practice Part 1, Part 2
      • IELTS Preparation and Review Course – Coming in September, 2017
      • For more information, visit
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 12, 15 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
      HOUSING: On-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      15 WEEKS:
      8/30 - 12/12

    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      12-15 WEEKS US$ 5,500
      12-15 WEEKS N/A US$ 2779-4674 Per Session N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      *Summer 12 weeks have longer instructional hours per day and deliver the same total contact hours as Fall and Spring semesters (15 weeks each).
  • Location
    • United States University Park, Illinois
    • Location
      Governors State University
      Intensive ESL Program

      1 University Parkway University Park, Illinois  60484  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Chicago O’Hare International Airport:
      The school arranges free airport pick-up service that brings students directly to the school in approximately 90 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 5.0
      School Environment: 5.0
      Helpfulness of Staff: 5.0
      Activities and Social Life: 5.0
      Accommodation: 5.0


    • There are 1 reviews for this school

    • Abanoub Hanna
      [ Qena, Egypt, Age 27, Male ]
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