Special Programs

The ESL Program at Governors State University offers special programs for participants sponsored by universities, governments, and other groups of interests from all over the world. The ESL program will design an academic and cultural immersion experience program based on the group’s needs and desires such as length, instructional hours, and activities. If your institution is interested in a specific program, please contact ESL Director Akiko Ota for more information at aota@govst.edu.

  • Turkish Faculty American Cultural and Professional Development Experience

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    • Provides academic instruction in speaking and listening, reading and writing, multimodal literacy, and optional courses in TOEFL test preparation
    • Provides opportunities to attend presentations on various intercultural topics and discuss pedagogy and research practices
    •  Includes: Housing, meals, local transportation, textbooks, all course instruction, evening and weekend trips, insurance
    •  Provides evening and weekend excursions to Chicago’s museums, restaurants, and historical sites. Trips to other Illinois historical and geographical locations will also be offered

  • Summer Young Adult Program

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    • Provides international young adults between the ages of 15-25 an opportunity to be immersed in the English language.
    • Provides English language instruction, workshops on American culture and history as well as cultural excursions
    • Offers opportunities to explore Chicago’s music, sports, theater, art, nature and shopping as well as the culture and community of the region