English Language Center

Director: Li Yang, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturers: J. AkinsB. Arciszewska-Russo, H. Doolittle, J. Sevedge
Lecturers:  B. Green

Since 1978, the University’s English Language Center (ELC) has addressed the needs of multilingual student whose primary native language is not English. Gonzaga’s ELC has served nearly 10,000 international students, introducing them to academic language and culture, higher education in the United States, and providing opportunities for intercultural exchanges with students from the U.S. and more than 70 other nations. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses: The ELC offers year-round intensive classes in ten levels of instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL). These courses are designed to meet the needs of international students seeking undergraduate and graduate admission to Gonzaga, as well as to assist international professionals in improving their English language ability. Instructional policies and program guidelines of the Gonzaga University ESL Program are in accordance with the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), the national professional organization in this field.

Undergraduate Global Bridge Courses: Global Bridge courses are open to all international students and scholars. Global Bridge courses help international students with the linguistic and cultural adjustment to higher education in the U.S. through academic English and culture courses.

Global Bridge Program: For students who are ready to pursue undergraduate studies, but do not currently meet Gonzaga’s English proficiency requirements, admission to the Global Bridge Program offers integrated academic language and culture courses that support and enrich a student’s undergraduate studies. The program enables students to improve English proficiency while earning 12 credits toward a degree at a discounted tuition rate. Global Bridge courses are English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses linked to specific Core classes. International students will be placed into the appropriate courses and simultaneously enroll in one (or more) freshman Core course (s) and its linked ELCT (English Language Center) course.

Specialized Programs: In addition to the academic ESL Program, the ELC offers short-term Specialized Programs for contracted groups of students, faculty and international visitors, including English as a Medium of Instruction, ESL Teacher Training, and Intensive English Language Programs.

Academic Support and Testing: The ELC conducts English Placement testing to determine which ELCT courses incoming international students may be required or qualify to take.  We provide testing and services for all multilingual students at Gonzaga who require or desire focused academic English language and culture instruction or support.

ELC and MA-TESL Program Affiliation:  The ELC is affiliated with the following programs in the School of Education: Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA-TESL); Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate; and ELL endorsement. This important affiliation between programs includes shared faculty, curricular and programmatic integration, and opportunities for diverse student groups to collaborate in creative ways.

For more information about the English Language Center, visit www.gonzaga.edu/elc, or call 313-6562.



Lower Division
Upper Division
MTSL 304 Immigrant & Refugee Perspect
3.00 credits
Designed for students interested in sociocultural perspectives on identity and language and their intersection in diverse cultural communities, this course looks at the experience of immigrant populations in the USA and in the Spokane area, through the lens of their cultural and linguistic adjustment. An average of one hour of service per week is expected of all participants in this course.
MTSL 401 Theory & Prac of Lang Teaching
3.00 credits
This course investigates current theories in second language acquisition and ESL/EFL methodology. Students learn how to apply these methods to the specific needs of language learners while observing, assisting and teaching. The summer offering is an intensive 4 week course where students apply specific methods during a TESOL Field Experience co-requisite course (MTSL 480).
MTSL 404 Intro to Sociolinguistics
3.00 credits
This course will examine how communication in ESL education shape relationships with non-members and members of a community. In particular, it will examine how the control of communication in bilingual and ESL education affects cognitive, social-cultural, affective, and linguistic development in bilingual and ESL classrooms. Theories studied in this course will help build an understanding of how to observe and analyze the effects of communication patterns on learning opportunities for ESL students.
MTSL 408 Prin of Sec Lang Acquisition
3.00- 4.00 credits
This course will investigate some of the major theoretical concepts that have developed in the field of second language learning and teaching with emphases on the concepts of interaction, learner strategies, routines, negotiating meaning, motivation and developmental processes within sociocultural contexts.
MTSL 414 Literacy & Engl Lang Learner
3.00 credits
This course will involve discussion and review of relevant research in second-language reading and writing. It also includes a critical investigation of research to implementation in the language classroom.
MTSL 450 Language Awareness
1.00 credit
This course will cover the basics of syntax along with the common metalanguage that enables teachers to talk about grammar, as well as broader issues of language structure in general.
MTSL 480 TESOL Field Experience
1.00 credit
An integral feature of the Theory and Practice of Language Teaching course (MTSL 401) is the TESOL Field Experience which provides a unique opportunity for its participants to work with ESL students of various ages, nationalities, and proficiency levels. Included in this enhanced hands-on experience are opportunities for observation, teaching, and participation in social activities with ESL students.
MTSL 401
MTSL 490 Independent Study
1.00- 6.00 credits
Lower Division
ELCT 016 Intro to Listening & Speaking
6.00 credits
ELCT 018 Intro to Grammar Support
6.00 credits
ELCT 019 Intro to Reading and Writing
9.00 credits
ELCT 026 Basic Listening and Speaking
6.00 credits
ELCT 028 Basic Grammar Support
6.00 credits
ELCT 029 Basic Reading & Writing
9.00 credits
ELCT 036 Intermediate Oral Comm
6.00 credits
ELCT 038 Intermediate Grammar Support
6.00 credits
ELCT 039 Inter Reading & Writing
9.00 credits
ELCT 046 Advanced Oral Comm
6.00 credits
ELCT 048 Advanced Grammar Support
6.00 credits
ELCT 049 Advanced Reading & Writing
9.00 credits
ELCT 056 Communications Seminar
6.00 credits
ELCT 058 Language Awareness
6.00 credits
ELCT 059 Academic Seminar
9.00 credits
ELCT 099 English Language Workshop
.00- 20.00 credits
ELCT 099E Special Topics
.00- 3.00 credits
ELCT 107 Community Engaged Learning
.00 credits
ELCT 108 Language Awareness
2.00 credits
The overall goal of this course is to promote greater student awareness of language use. Students will develop their ability to recognize and produce an increasingly sophisticated range and complexity of English. Students will also regularly analyze and correct (their own) written and spoken production. While the focus is on accuracy and fluency in both spoken and written English, students will also develop greater sensitivity to linguistic identity including the audience, purpose, register, and rhetorical choices and to the intersectionality of language, culture, communication, and identity. Eligible students will include Global Bridge students, international freshmen and transfer students, exchange and visiting international students, and other interested persons. Permission to enroll in the course is to be obtained from the Global Bridge Coordinator.
ELCT 109 Academic Seminar
5.00 credits
This class provides a strong base of integrated skills that support success in American academic and social contexts. Course objectives focus on reading broadly for varied purposes and from a variety of sources; engaging in the critical reading-into-writing process; composing texts in diverse registers and voices; engaging in short as well as more sustained recursive research; and most importantly, participating actively and sharing and integrating world perspectives into larger academic conversations. Eligible students will include Global Bridge students, international freshmen and transfer students, exchange and visiting international students, and other interested persons. Permission to enroll in the course is to be obtained from the Global Bridge Coordinator.
ELCT 110 Communication Seminar
2.00 credits
In this course, students will be introduced to and cultivate an understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, and small-group communication. Students will improve their ability to communicate orally and listen effectively in a variety of academic and social situations. Students will learn to apply the necessary critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills to compose and present several speeches. In addition, this course will critically examine the readings and assignments of COMM 100. Eligible students will include Global Bridge students, international freshmen and transfer students, exchange and visiting international students, and other interested persons. Permission to enroll in the course is to be obtained from the Global Bridge Coordinator.
ELCT 120 Global Bridge II
3.00 credits
ELCT 120 is designed specifically for Gonzaga international students concurrently enrolled in PHIL 101. The main goal of the class is to help students be successful and vibrant members of Gonzaga's academic community. Students will identify and analyze assumptions, beliefs, values and rhetorical styles in western academic culture, as well as other cultures. They will understand, explore and apply the underlying concepts, structures and methods, and discipline specific terminology necessary to be successful in Philosophy 101: Reasoning. Students will also develop strategies that will enable them to engage with texts, lead and participate in meaningful ways in academic discussions, and produce increasingly sophisticated written responses. Finally, students will develop and apply a personal learning philosophy that enables them to interact and contribute in explicit ways to the academic community. Eligible students will include Global Bridge students, graduates of Gonzaga's ELC, international freshmen and transfer students, exchange and visiting international students, and other interested persons. Permission to enroll in the course is to be obtained from the Global Bridge Coordinator.
ELCT 110 Minimum Grade: D
ELCT 121 Multilingual Student Writing
3.00 credits
This Global Bridge class is designed to prepare multilingual students and/or non-native speakers of English for successful participation in the academic life at an American university with a focus on critical written expression. The course will address American university writing expectations, but more importantly consider how diverse personal experiences, cultural perspectives, values and norms shape the formation and understanding of knowledge and choices as writers and scholars. Students will use a variety of texts and research methods to effectively support and explore a sustained critical analysis that takes into account contextual influences. They will also develop a personal learning philosophy that incorporates learning strategies and linguistic skills in order to create a space and position themselves to interact and contribute in explicit ways to the academic community. Eligible students will include Global Bridge students, graduates of Gonzaga's ELC, international freshmen and transfer students, exchange and visiting international students, and other interested persons. Permission to enroll in the course is to be obtained from the Global Bridge Coordinator.
ELCT 180 Special Topics
1.00- 20.00 credits
ELCT 185 ESL pre-test Registration
5.00- 21.00 credits
ELCT 190 Directed Study
1.00- 20.00 credits
Upper Division

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.