English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Program Tabs

Program Overview

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:

  • Childcare in the Children's Learning Center
  • Classes at seven levels of language study from basic to academic writing skills
  • Computer software and library resources available
  • Course work in conversation, grammar, writing, reading and pronunciation
  • Free conversation practice
  • Small class sizes

Learn about our non-credit ESL class offerings. 


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

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Program Locations

Washington Campus 

Program Cost

$85 per credit hour*

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the 2018-2019 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

Employment Outlook

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Degrees & Certificates

To Find a Class

Search ESL in the online schedule of classes to find Summer 2018 and/or Fall 2018 classes. Before enrolling, students are required to take a placement test to determine the level of English competency.

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

Contact Us

For assistance in English call 602-286-8575 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.

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ESL Information

(602) 286-8575
108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Shannon McGrath
Division Chair
(602) 286-8742