English as a Second Language

Villanova University's English as a Second Language program was established to increase English language fluency and individual confidence in listening, speaking and writing.

We seek to provide the highest quality and broadest range of English instruction. Students are provided counseling and cultural information pertinent to understanding and adjusting to life in the U.S. We provide an atmosphere conducive to learning and facilitate the progress of students towards achievement of their individual goals and development.

About the Program

Program Goals:

  • develop and maintain confidence in the English language
  • prepare ESL students to study in an academic setting where American English is the language of communication
  • provide ESL students with an orientation to the cultural and social environment of the USA

Persons interested in improving:

  • English language fluency in a range of situations from informal conversations to formal lectures and presentations
  • communication skills in daily life with English speakers in work and school settings
  • academic and professional writing
  • job and academic potential through increased confidence in their listening, speaking and writing

Courses offered in rotation throughout the year:


The program is taught by Debra K. Kwiterovich-Hoover, a specialist in English as a Second Language education with a Master's Degree in teaching ESL from West Chester University. Ms. Kwiterovich-Hoover has been with Villanova University, International Student Office since 1990, and among her many duties she is committed to educating non-native speakers in a sensitive and competent manner.

Please contact us at 610-519-4300 for more information.

Course Fees

Course Schedules

Spring 2018 Course

Understanding Grammar

Dates: Wednesdays, January 24 to April 18, 2018
Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Villanova University Main Campus