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 – 2016  
Summer Orientation May 19-20
1st Day of Classes May 23
Independence Day – No Class July 4
ESL Summer Finals Week July 18-22*
Last Day of Classes  July 22

Fall Term – 2016
Fall Orientation August 18-23
First Day of Classes August 24
Labor Day – No Classes September 5
Fall Break – No Classes October 19-21
Late Arrival Registration October 24
Thanksgiving Break – No Classes November 23-25
ESL Fall Finals Week December 12-16*
Last Day of Classes December 16

Spring Term – 2017
Spring Orientation January 13
First Day of Classes January 17
ESL Reading Day – No Class February 24
Spring Break – No Classes March 6-10
Late Arrival Registration March 13
ESL Spring Finals Week May 9-13*
Last Day of Classes May 12

Summer Term – 2017
Summer Orientation May 18-19
1st Day of Classes May 22
Independence Day– No Class July 4
Last Day of Classes July 21
ESL Summer Finals Week July 17-21

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.


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