General Information

  • 12.01.2015


The mission of the ESOL program is to develop students’ academic and intercultural communication skills, vital to life in the United States. The program provides a complete course of instruction as well as electives in the linguistic and pragmatic aspects of the English language, thereby enabling students to acclimate to and fully participate in diverse communities ranging from local to international, and college to university.

The ESOL program intends to accomplish its mission by pursuing the following objectives:

  • Create a supportive learning environment.
  • Offer a curriculum that is based on consistent quality and continuous research in order to stay abreast of trends in the field.
  • Carefully evaluate each student individually during the recruitment process and provide the necessary academic guidance and support in order to enable them to achieve their English language learning goal. 
  • Build upon students' academic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Assess and monitor students’ academic progress utilizing an ongoing evaluation process.
  • Encourage students to learn about American culture in order to bridge cultural differences and ease the transition into American schools and culture.
  • Recruit and maintain highly qualified and experienced instructors who understand students' needs.
  • Provide staff development in appropriate instructional, counseling, and assessment strategies for instructors and administrators.



In addition to having worked in the United States, all ESOL instructors have acquired extensive intercultural and pedagogical skills via vast overseas experience. Moreover, the majority of them hold advanced degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Linguistics, English, or Education. GCU’s commitment to quality and self-evaluation is evident not only in our teachers’ excellence, but also in our staff’s, as shown by our dedication to professional development, locally and nationally.



  • Interactive courses, using audio/visual materials and multimedia-based technology.
  • Separate classes for Grammar, Writing, Reading, and Speaking/Listening.
  • Specialized courses include Academic Writing, American Culture, TOEFL Prep, and more.
  • Unlimited online speaking, listening, pronunciation, and TOEFL practice.
  • Small class sizes, Individualized attention.
  • Free Tutoring Center for extra help.
  • Expert language instructors.