About:

  Governors State University's English as a Second Language Program is designed to serve the needs of international and U.S. students that have an interest in improving their English language skills. Our primary focus is with the academic success of the students whose first language is other than English. The ESL program also provides special programs for those who are interested in improving their English and learning about American culture and university life.

Mission Statement:

  • Provide the students with effective language instruction and learning facilitation
  • Maintain top quality faculty and staff
  • Provide innovative programming and services offering cutting edge teaching, curriculum design, and research.
  • Provide support and resources to all students, faculty, and the community to enhance individual growth and global understanding.
  • Foster professional cooperation and collaboration

Location:

The ESL Program is part of the Governors State University campus in the heart of Chicago’s Southland near I-57, a major north-south route, and I-80, the region’s major east-west route. The campus is a 37-mile drive from downtown Chicago and 35 minutes from Joliet, Kankakee and Gary.

Faculty and Staff:

Administrative Faculty and Staff

Akiko Ota

 

ESL Program Director

708.534.3143

aota@govst.edu
esl@govst.edu  

Angelica Damiani

 

Intensive ESL Program Office Assistant

708-235-6922

adamiani@govst.edu
esl@govst.edu  

 

Instructors:

Wes Barnes

708.534.4988

wbarnes@govst.edu

Chris Greiner

 

708.534.4988

cgreiner@govst.edu 

Karolina Kowalczyk

708-534-4988

kkowalczyk@govst.edu

Contact Information:

Governors State University ESL Program

School of Extended Learning
Governors State University

1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60684, USA
708-235-6922 
esl@govst.edu  

 

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

     

    Service:


    We are dedicated to providing support and resources to all students, faculty, and the community to enhance individual growth and global understanding.
    Provide skills, information, and knowledge that enable others to communicate in English and support faculty in their professional development.