English as a Second Language (ESL)

 GateWay Community College offers many levels of classes to help students improve their English language skills. For more information, please contanct Enrollment Services.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to serve the needs of students who are not native speakers of English.

The ESL program offers:

  • Classes teaching multiple English skills at many levels
  • Computer software and library resources available
  • Course work in conversation, grammar, writing, reading and pronunciation
  • Free conversation practice
  • Small class sizes


The ESL program helps students improve language skills for use in daily life, including:

  • Communicating with school officials and teachers
  • Effective employer communication
  • Career advancement
  • Personal, educational and professional growth

Childcare Services

Visit the Children’s Learning Center for details on childcare options.

Custom ESL Classes

The ESOL program at GateWay Community College is now able to provide custom ESL classes for community partners. Please contact our ESL information line about custom English language education.

Program Locations

Washington Campus 

Program Cost

$97 per credit hour*

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases in tuition, course fees, and book costs. Estimates are based on the 2022-2023 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

To Enroll in an ESL Credit Class:

1. Go to the Enrollment Office to complete an enrollment form
2. Take the CELSA test in the Testing Center
3. Enroll in an ESL class at the Enrollment Office
4. Pay for the class, or use a payment plan to pay over time
5. Attend class on the first day & learn English!

Interested in non-credit classes? See our non-credit ESL class offerings. 

Contact Us

For assistance in English call 602-286-8063 or (602) 286-8088 for assistance in Spanish.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.