English Language Learning Center 


Mission and Goals:

We have a passion for serving students who want to master the English language. We believe that language is the key to academic success, inclusion, global connection and job readiness. This is why our program goes far beyond the basics—it encourages complete confidence when communicating, whether in writing, speaking or engaging in online forums. The comprehensive curriculum is designed and taught by professional faculty for maximum effectiveness in academic and career pursuits. 



English Language Learning Center (ELLC) provides a full range of Intensive English Program and other types of language support for international students, professionals, and community members. Instructions are delivered both face-to-face and online modalities. (Note: All the classes are delivered online in Fall 2020). 




Akiko Ota, Ed.D.
English Language Learning Center Director




Latoya Atkins

Office Support Specialist




English Language Learning Center is part of the Governors State University campus in the heart of Chicago’s Southland near I-57. The campus is a 37-mile drive from downtown Chicago and 35 minutes from Joliet, Kankakee and Gary


Contact Information  

 English Language Learning Center at Governors State University  

School of Extended Learning 
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60684, USA
708-235-6922 | esl@govst.edu