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English as a Second Language Program

Calling All Non-Native English Speaking Students!

Our ESL Program, the Institute for English Language Studies, provides more than just English language classes. While you will strengthen your ability to speak English, our program is also designed to help you face the challenges of learning a foreign language in a foreign country. Through ESL at Taylor, English language learners will be prepared linguistically, academically, culturally, and spiritually for success in an immersive academic English experience at an American higher education.

How it Works

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. 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.

Invested Instruction

Our professors work with you to develop your English academic skills and abilities. You will receive individualized instruction from trained professionals from a variety of disciplines in a small classroom setting as well as one-on-one tutoring. 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. 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.

Cultural Immersion

In addition to taking courses in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture from highly qualified ESL teachers, you will experience life at an American university, learning in a setting that establishes 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.

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.

See for Yourself

Jack Peterson, ESL Program Director and Assistant Professor of English Language Teaching, discusses the Institute for English Language Studies and the international student experience.

Contact the English Language Teaching Department

Jack Peterson, Department Chair, Assistant Professor of English Language Teaching, and ESL Program Director

English Language Teaching Department

Distinct Programs, Same Goal

The English Language Teaching department aims to connect Taylor students to diverse populations from all around the world through language. Whether you want to teach English to non-native speakers or advance your understanding as a non-English or basic-English speaker, our ESL and TESOL programs will help you pursue the skills you need to meet your goals.

Our two distinct programs, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), stimulate understanding and collaboration between linguistically and culturally distinct populations, foster effective language education, and advocate for the needs of international visitors and immigrants in the community. ESL and TESOL students pair up to develop better English teaching and speaking skills, broaden their cultural experiences, and increase their marketability nationally and internationally.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Charlie Brainer

Associate Dean of International Programs & Asian Initiative & Associate Professor of English Language Teaching Department


Jack Peterson

Department Chair & Assistant Professor of English Language Teaching & ESL Program Director



Kirsten Regier

TESOL Program Coordinator & Instructor of TESOL