GECO is a free English class for adults administered and taught by MA/TESOL and TESOL Certificate students at Gonzaga. The purpose is to provide a service to the community while giving our students authentic teaching practice and a context for their observations and reflections on topics studied in the MA/TESOL program. The program incorporates a system of cascading mentorship, whereby more experienced students and faculty members mentor and observe less experienced teachers. It has also become a very popular site for graduate and undergraduate students from a wide range of majors and programs wanting to increase their intercultural competence by having sustained interaction with multilingual leaners.

There are three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The curriculum for the program is established at the start of each semester (fall, spring, and summer) by surveying interested participants on the kinds of topics they would like to study. Typical topics include: Housing and Maintenance, Jobs and Phone Calls, Helping My Kids with School, and Going to The Doctor.

GECO is normally held on Saturday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30 in the Rosauer Center on Gonzaga's campus, but has been virtual for the past year.

Hailey Herrington, MA/TESOL student and GECO Coordinator

If you would like to teach or volunteer in the program, please contact Hailey Herrington, GECO Coordinator. Hailey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in French from the University of Idaho in 2019. Afterward, she spent a school year as an English Teaching Assistant in Martinique, France, and joined the MA/TESOL program in 2020.



For ESL students   Para estudiantes   Для студентов   لطلاب   학생들을 위해   对于 ESL 学生  Dành cho sinh viên ESL   Okwabafundi be-ESL   ESL विद्यार्थीहरूको लागि   Kwa ophunzira a ESL   Rijikuul ESL

Please see the GECO English website (click here).