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English as a Second Language

Content-Based Approach

The central goal of Taylor’s ESL program is to help students develop the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening for both social and academic purposes. We believe that an effective path to language acquisition is through the use of content that is interesting and motivating. So our courses focus on content such as American history and culture, personal identity, Taylor traditions, and Christianity around the world. These content-areas help students prepare for academic study in the United States, while at the same time increasing their English language proficiency.


All our ESL courses are credit-bearing. A typical course is three credits, and students normally take 12-18 credits, or 4-6 courses, in a semester.

Cultural Immersion

As a student in our English as a Second Language program, you will be welcomed as a full participant in 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.

During your time at Taylor University, you will live in a residence hall with other students and participate in our residence life programs. You will also have opportunities to be involved in a variety of clubs and organizations, attend chapel services, and participate in Taylor activities and traditions that help increase your language skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Taylor’s English as a Second Language Programs

Full-time ESL

Our full-time ESL program provides 12 credit hours of English language study at the intermediate level. This is a one-semester program which can be taken by those who intend to go on to study in a degree program at Taylor, or those who just want a semester of English study. Students may also have the option to audit 1-2 regular courses.

Part-time ESL

This program is for students who are admitted to a degree program at Taylor, but who still need some English language development at the high intermediate level. Courses provide preparation in academic English, American classroom culture, and academic study skills. Some of our courses are paired with required regular courses, providing additional support as students move into full-time study in their majors at Taylor.

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Jan Dormer

Director of TESOL and ESL & Professor of TESOL

  • EdD, TESOL Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto
  • MA, TESOL, Ball State University
  • BA, Elementary Education, Asbury College
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Giovanna Domene

Multicultural Student Recruiter

  • BS, Business Management/Systems and Marketing/Systems, with Honors minor and TESOL certification, Taylor University
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