ESL Academic Calendar

Join us all year round. We begin a new session every two months! If you can’t make it at the beginning of a session, our flexibility allows students to enter at any time and join the current classes in that session. The program is designed to provide "mini-lessons" that give an overview of previous sessions and give assignments that cover prerequisite material to bring students up to speed quickly in classes.
We recommend a minimum of 2 sessions of study for students to realize a clear and considerable improvement in their language skills. Improvement is fully dependent on the student's commitment and determined work in learning the language. Our instructors focus on teaching learning strategy skills to help students to become autonomous learners. Students will develop a strong foundational knowledge of English and learn studying and language acquisition strategies to assist their continued efforts in learning English.
Our structure:
  • 3 terms per year: spring, summer and fall
  • 2 sessions per term: spring 1 + 2, summer 1 + 2, fall 1 + 2
  • 8 weeks per session = two months
  • 1 week break at the end of each term


Summer Term - 2015  
First Day of Classes June 1
Late Registration July 6
Last Day of Classes July 24

Fall Term - 2015

Fall Orientation August 13-18
First Day of Classes August 19
Labor Day – No Classes September 7
Fall Break – No Classes October 14-16
Late Arrival Registration October 19
Thanksgiving Break – No Classes November 25-27
ESL Fall Finals Week December 7-11*

Last Day of Classes

December 11

Spring Term - 2016

Spring Orientation January 18
First Day of Classes January 19
ESL Reading Day – No Class February 26
Spring Break – No Classes        March 7-11
Late Arrival Registration March 14
ESL Spring Finals Week  May 9-13*
Last Day of Classes May 13

Summer Term - 2016

Summer Orientation May 19-20
1st Day of Classes May 23
Independence Day– No Class     July 4
ESL Summer Finals Week July 11-15*
Last Day of Classes July 15

ESL students are required to attend finals during the scheduled week, day, and time. Final exams and other final culminating activities may only occur during the finals week and may not be taken early. Students are required to attend their complete schedule during this week. Students who do not complete all final assessments and activities will not pass their courses. 


Department Information

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Kent Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 001-815-226-4161
Maria Diemer, ESL Coordinator

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm