Information about the ESL Program at Governors State University

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


 A map of the chicagoland area showing Governors State University's 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


Angelica Damiani


External Programs Specialist




Wes Barnes


Chris Greiner



Karolina Kowalczyk


Contact Information:

Governors State University ESL Program

School of Extended Learning
Governors State University

1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60684, USA