GST Language Center – ESL Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP)                                                                        

GST Language Center offers a full-time, year-round English Language Program, which provides an intensive program of language training program for nonnative English speaking students from around the world.  It is primarily designed to provide our students  with instructional support that will enable them to participate fully in their educational experience in our school and in their social lives in the United States and/or to improve personal prospects for business or personal reasons. The objectives of our program are to develop basic oral communication skills and to develop proficiency in the language domains of grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to develop competence in intercultural interactions, and to encourage participation in the full range of instructional activities in the regular education curriculum and in extracurricular activities that foster understanding American culture.

The 20 hour per week program includes training in reading and writing, oral communication skills, listening and speaking, and grammar.


This program is designed to provide non-native English speaking students with dramatically improved language skills by providing a small student/teacher ratio 15 to 1, and by providing a standardized, integrated, intensive, and structure-based curriculum. From level 3 on, there is a recommended list of field trips, guest speaker, films, music, and resources to add to the student’s overall language education.

Entrance requirements

To be admitted, prospective students must be at least 18 years of age, and be literate in their native language. Applicants are also required to take a written placement test and appear at a personal interview. All students are placed at a level consistent with their determined oral and written language skills.

Course length

The ESL program is divided into 6 separate levels.

Each level is 160 clock hours long.

Class schedule

Per level of instruction, full time day classes meet four hours a day 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Monday

through Friday for 8 weeks.

Per level of instruction, full time evening classes meet four hours in the evening 6:00 PM-10:00 PM,

Monday to Friday for 8 weeks.

*Each level meets 20 hours per week for instruction.

ESL/IEP Program Outline

Program Name      Morning Hrs         Aft/Eve Hrs          Course            Clock Hours

ESL  Level I                  *8                             8                    ESL-101                160

ESL  Level II                  8                             8                    ESL-102                160

ESL  Level III                 8                             8                    ESL-103                160

ESL  Level IV                8                             8                     ESL-104                160

ESL  Level V                 8                             8                     ESL-105                160

ESL  Level VI                8                             8                     ESL-106                160

*Number of Weeks                     The IEP is a 960 clock hour program of training.