The English Language Center
Gonzaga University’s English Language and Culture Program welcomes students from all over the world to help them reach their English language goals.
- ESL program – both academic English and general English for students and professionals;
- Global Bridge Program – for students transitioning from academic ESL to a university track;
- MA|TESL -- Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language;
- TESOL Certificate courses – both on campus and TESOL Abroad; and
- SELP – Special English Language Programs.
For nearly 40 years, the English Language and Culture Program has offered fun, challenging, and intensive ESL classes. Students from around the world come to Spokane to improve their English language skills. The ESL program at Gonzaga has served more than 8,500 students from more than 70 different countries. Our English language classes are carefully structured to provide maximum exposure to authentic English. We offer step-by-step support from caring and committed faculty. We help motivated students grow in their English proficiency and in their understanding of American culture. Together we will explore the world of language and culture with projects, presentations, and personal growth. Outside of class, our friendly Gonzaga community is committed to global engagement and welcomes diverse viewpoints. Here at the English Language Center you will learn and grow, and we invite you to apply for our upcoming session.
If you are ready to pursue undergraduate studies, but do not currently meet Gonzaga’s English proficiency requirements, Gonzaga’s Global Bridge program may be the perfect next step for you. The English Language and Culture Program’s Global Bridge Program offers integrated, customized academic language and culture courses that will enrich your academic program. The program enables you to improve your English proficiency, while earning 12 credits toward your degree at a discounted tuition rate. Global Bridge courses are linked to required first year Core courses, which means that you will learn core concepts of a Gonzaga education with the added language and cultural support needed to help you succeed in your degree program. Global Bridge students who successfully complete the program requirements are fully admitted to Gonzaga and can complete an undergraduate degree in four years, including your first semester in Global Bridge. The program also offers Multilingual/Multicultural sections of Gonzaga undergraduate Core classes which integrate students from both the U.S. and abroad to foster a classroom experience where issues are examined from diverse cultural perspectives. Learn more about Gonzaga’s Global Bridge Program.
Gonzaga University’s MA|TESL Program trains committed, focused, and motivated teachers to be competent educators in diverse and global societies. Gonzaga’s MA|TESL Program offers a variety of options for those who wish to enter the field of international education. Integration of all ELC programs provide numerous opportunities for in-depth research into the theory and practice of TESL and applied linguistics. Our MA|TESL Program has graduated over 170 students and continues to grow in diversity admitting students from across the United States and around the world.
- 75-hour TESL Certificate courses (along with an optional 100-hour certificate) are offered on campus fall and spring semesters with a ground-breaking Summer Institute Certificate course that brings over 300 ELLs to campus for an inspirational and transformational language camp.
- TESL Abroad locations have included Italy, Peru, Colombia, Poland, and Japan and are open to undergraduate, graduate, and non-matriculated students to study and learn more and more.
- In collaboration with the School of Education, the English Language Center also offers an ELL endorsement for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The English Language Center faculty is highly experienced. All faculty members have a master’s degree or higher in TESL or a related field, including both ESL and EFL experience. Faculty members frequently present at local, regional, and national conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, lead study abroad programs, and train teachers. The full-time faculty teaches classes for both the MA|TESL program and the ESL Program. This cutting-edge integration means that our ESL students have access to both highly trained, experienced teachers and master’s candidates eager to learn.