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


Fall Term – 2017

Orientation                                                      August 17-22

First Day of Classes                                       August 23

Labor Day—No Classes                                September 4

Fall Break—No Classes                                October 18-20

Late Arrival Registration                                October 24

Thanksgiving Break—No Classes                November 22-24

Fall Finals Week                                            December 11-15

Last Day of Classes                                       December 15

Spring Term – 2018

Orientation                                                      January 11-12                       

First Day of Classes                                       January 16

Spring Break – No Classes                           March 5-9

Late Arrival Registration                                March 12

Reading Day – No Class                               March 30

Spring Finals Week                                       May 7-11

Last Day of Classes                                       May 11

Summer Term – 2018

Orientation                                                      May 21

First Day of Classes                                       May 21

Memorial Day – No Classes                         May 28

Independence Day – No Classes                 July 4

ESL Summer Finals Week                           July 23-27

Last Class Day                                              July 27



Department Information

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Burpee 2nd Floor
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