English Language Teaching

English as a Second Language

Are you a student looking to attend college in America and improve your English at the same time? Our ESL (English as a Second Language) program within our Institute for English Language Studies program is designed to help you face the challenges of learning a foreign language in a foreign country. 

The Institute for English Language Studies prepares English language learners linguistically, academically, culturally, and spiritually for success in American higher education.

  • We work with you to develop your English academic skills and abilities. You will receive individualized instruction from trained professionals in a small classroom setting as well as one-on-one tutoring. You will come away from the program with the required English proficiency, study skills, cultural knowledge, and life habits to help you succeed in your education, career, and life.
  • We provide you with meaningful spiritual and relational connections. As a student in our ESL program, you are welcomed as a part of a unique environment—the Taylor University community. This supportive and encouraging community offers not only cultural opportunities but also relationships and memories to guarantee you an engaging educational journey.

How do I know if this program is for me?

If you are looking for an immersive academic English experience where you can build your linguistic, academic, and cultural skills within a Christian college community, this program is for you. 

What makes Taylor’s ESL program unique?

Beyond our high academic and professional standards, one of the unique aspects of our program is the connection you will make with our faculty and students from a variety of disciplines. These connections are made by joining student organizations on campus, attending chapel, or participating in Taylor activities and traditions.

You will be able to audit undergraduate Taylor courses as English language practice. This provides preparation in academic English, cultural orientation, and academic study skills.

Our program also provides a clear path to receive an undergraduate degree from a program of your choice. Along with strengthening your language skills, you will receive credit for the ESL courses you take.

What does one-on-one tutoring involve?

As a Taylor ESL student, you will be paired with a qualified tutor, not only for the duration of the ESL program but also, upon request, throughout your first year of undergraduate study at Taylor University. Through this tutoring, you will receive individualized English instruction and practice that will support you in your ESL and undergraduate academic work.  

What will the ESL program prepare me for? 

We will prepare you to succeed linguistically, academically, culturally, and spiritually in your first year of undergraduate study, which will hopefully lead to success for years to come. Our goal is for you to graduate from Taylor with an undergraduate degree of your choice, so you can pursue the calling God has for your life.