English as a second language (ESL)

Georgia Gwinnett College

Program Description

English as a second language (ESL)

Georgia Gwinnett College

English as a Second Language

Established in January 2015, the English Language Institute (ELI) provides English as a second language (ESL) instruction and cultural learning opportunities on the beautiful campus of Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC).

The ELI offers both regular instruction and special short-term programs for English language learners at a range of proficiency levels. At the ELI, the quality of each participant's learning experience is our primary concern.

What is special about the GGC ELI program?

GGC offers international participants a safe location to study, a friendly campus to meet American students and beautiful natural scenery to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Study in small classes. ELI classes normally have fewer than 12 participants and provide individual attention for participants studying intensive English.
  • Have opportunities to observe undergraduate classes to gain first-hand experience of a U.S. college classroom while studying in the ELI.
  • Take field trips to some important historic sites in the Atlanta area to enrich knowledge of American culture.
  • Meet American language partners to practice English and make friends.
  • Benefit from learning English in our culturally diverse campus community.


Location: Building D, Room 2102


English Language Institute (ELI), D-2102
Georgia Gwinnett College
1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

The English Language Institute has been established and is administered through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Internationalization and the School of Transitional Studies.

ELI Vision

The GGC English Language Institute (ELI) is intended to meet the academic, professional or personal literacy needs of students with English as a second or additional language (ESL) to succeed in an English-speaking higher educational institution such as Georgia Gwinnett College or in their chosen walks of life. The ELI’s programs are delivered by a highly-qualified staff enthusiastically committed to active engagement with all learners, consistent with GGC’s four pillars: scholarship, leadership, service and creativity.

ELI Mission

The core program of the GGC English Language Institute (ELI) aims primarily to support F-1 undergraduate international students, domestic students, or others interested in learning English who may not yet meet the requirements for college admission and who need to develop academic English. Students who complete the Intensive English Program (IEP) curriculum are prepared for college-level work in an English-speaking higher educational institution. Students who study in the Everyday English Program (EEP) may take courses to develop their spoken English, along with reading and writing, for professional or personal purposes or for possible future study. Special short-term programs (STP) provide groups or individuals with tailored instruction and immersive English language experiences.


Classes are small, with an average of 8 to 12 participants per class, and usually no more than 15. Classes prepare you for success in an American college or university and introduce you to U.S. culture and university life. Classes meet 20 hours a week, on average four to five hours each day, Monday through Friday.

You will be assigned to one of three curriculum levels, based on your placement test results. Participants must spend additional time preparing and studying for their classes, and those who have successfully completed one level will be promoted to the next level.

Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and run through mid-afternoon. Mandatory classes are always finished before 3 p.m.


English grammar is taught and practiced through a variety of communicative and functional activities.

Reading and Writing

Courses focus on building vocabulary, reading, and study skills with level-appropriate materials. You will learn and practice techniques that will help you develop the writing skills necessary for academic success.

Speaking and Listening

Communicative activities will help you improve your comprehension and expression of spoken English and reinforce vocabulary and pronunciation.


At the end of each term, certificates will be awarded to all participants who complete the ELI program and are ready to apply for regular admission to a college or university.

2016-2017 ELI Academic Calendar

  • Fall 2016, Session B Oct. 3 – Nov. 29
  • Spring 2017, Session A Jan. 9 – March 3
  • Spring 2017, Session B March 13 – May 5

Participants must attend at least 85 percent of their classes and do the assigned work.

Cultural Experience

Full-time ELI participants enjoy many of the same privileges as GGC students, including access to health services, the Student Center and recreational facilities. You are invited to participate in many social and cultural events such as banquets, cookouts and field trips to historic and cultural landmarks. The ELI has an activities coordinator that plans weekend trips and local activities.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 26, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
Full time
USA - Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Sept. 2018
USA - Lawrenceville, Georgia
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