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



Spring Term – 2019

Orientation                                                     January 18&19                       

First Day of Classes                                      January 22

Reading Day – No Class                              February 22

Spring Break – No Classes                          March 11-15

Late Arrival Registration                             March 18

Spring Finals Week                                       May 13-17

Last Day of Classes                                       May 17

Summer Term – 2019

Orientation                                                      May 28

First Day of Classes                                       May 28

Independence Day – No Classes                 July 4

ESL Summer Finals Week                           July 22-26

Last Class Day                                                July 26



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