ESL Program Overview


CEA Accredited

Gonzaga's English Language Center (ESL program) received accreditation by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) in 2001. We were honored to be the second program in the United States to receive 10-year reaccreditation by CEA in 2006. Gonzaga's English Language Center is committed to upholding CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions.


On the first day of class, you will complete several placement tests that will help determine your level of English. Following the tests, you will meet with your advisor (one of the ESL instructors) to discuss the results. You will then be assigned your ESL level and a class schedule for the session.

Program of Study

Gonzaga's ESL program is known for its outstanding teaching methods, ESL instructors and program of study. Our ESL faculty are knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to helping students with their English language goals. There are five levels available to students. Each level consists of approximately 300 hours of instruction. All students utilize the University's computer and language labs.

Students are in classes Monday-Friday beginning at 9:00am and finishing up by 3pm.  A sample schedule is available below:


Level 1 - Introductory

Level 1 courses are designed for students with little or no formal knowledge of English. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, introductory grammar, and learning to speak basic English. Courses include:

  • Introductory Listening & Conversation Skills
  • Introductory Writing & Grammar
  • Introductory Reading & Speaking

Level 2 - Basic

Level 2 courses are designed for students with limited knowledge of English. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, basic grammar, and learning to speak basic English. Courses include:

  • Basic Listening & Conversation Skills
  • Basic Writing & Grammar
  • Basic Reading & Speaking

Level 3 - Intermediate

This level is intended for students with an intermediate level of English and some formal English language study. Emphasis is placed on working toward increased speed and fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Courses include:

  • Intermediate Oral Communication
  • Intermediate Grammar Support
  • Intermediate Reading & Writing

Level 4 – Advanced

Students with a more advanced ability in English and considerable formal English study in Level 4. Courses include:

  • Advanced Oral Communication
  • Advanced Grammar Support
  • Advanced Reading & Writing

Level 5 – Academic

This level is designed for students who have received provisional admission to Gonzaga University for undergraduate or graduate study, or who plan to apply for admission to a community college or university. Students who successfully complete Level 5 receive an official Certificate of ELC Completion. Courses include:

  • Communication Seminar
  • Community Engaged Learning
  • Language Awareness
  • Academic Seminar

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