English as a Second Language Program

Morgan State University’s Program in English as a Second Language:

Culture and Language Immersion Focused on You

The ESL Program at Morgan State University consists of three interrelated components: language instruction, cultural immersion and educational field experiences. The program’s foundational aim is to increase students’ oral and written proficiency in standard American English. This is accomplished through classroom and laboratory based education in spaces designated for ESL instruction. However, our programs extend beyond the conventional classroom. We immerse our students in the English language through the study of American and African-American popular culture that includes a series of lectures, workshops, and excursions.  This communicative approach is proven to reinforce language instruction by emphasizing meaningful speech, vocabulary acquisition and oral communication over simple content mastery. Our programs reach past our community’s vicinity to take full advantage of our geographic proximity to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.  This method gives international students critical context for understanding American culture and integrating into the University community. We are focused on culture and language immersion: we journey with our students as they delve into cultural events at the University, throughout the city of Baltimore and beyond.

 The March - August session will begin on March 11, 2014.  The summer program will run June 23-August 5, 2014.  The Fall 2014 session will begin on August 25, 2014.  See this page for additional dates and deadlines.MSU classroom

The program offers the following courses based on participants’ TOEFL scores:

ESL Beginning Literacy (Level 1)


ESL Beginning Low (Level 2)


ESL Beginning High (Level 3)


ESL Intermediate Low (Level 4)


ESL Intermediate High (Level 5)


ESL Advanced Low (Level 6)

ESL Advanced High (Level 7)

Regular programming for the Baltimore community and beyond includes all 7 levels of ESL listed above as well as:

  • English for specific purposes (nursing, health professions, business, government, sciences, engineering, etc)
  • Conversation
  • Customized programs
  • Online programs available 24/7
  • TOEFL preparation
  • Additional programming available

Summer 2014 Session Costs:  $8995.00*

*Includes five hours of instruction daily (Monday - Friday), books, lab fees, and costs of cultural excursions. Rates are subject to change.

ESL Level Descriptions

ESL Fall 2013 Report

For more information, contact Professor Elizabeth Gunn, email: elizabeth.gunn@morgan.edu, telephone: 443-885-1980.