Rockford ESL Program

The English as a Second Language Program (ESL) at Rockford University is focused on students preparing for university study or professional programs. It is a course of study based on an integrated skills approach with listening, speaking reading, writing and grammar components.  The goal is for students to matriculate to a Baccalaureate program.

The ESL program offers a high quality English program for degree seeking students.  Rockford University strives to meet or exceed our students’ expectation for developing their linguistics and academic skills.  Students are supported to make the transition from their own countries to life in the United States.  The small classes enable Rockford University to meet the ordinary and extraordinary need of its students, ensuring that their experience at the University is productive and fulfilling.  Rockford University’s ESL program is accredited by the Higher Education Commission Association of Colleges and Schools.

Important:  All beginning students must have some prior study of English and be able to use or understand 200-400 words in English.


ESL Intensive Day Program 

Rockford offers a full-time Intensive English Program, with integrated classes in reading/writing, listening/speaking and grammar.  These classes are supported with an enrichment class, university preparation and personalized learning, reading workshop and writing lab.  Academic skills such as inferring, note taking, and test taking helps students develop strategies for academic course work and passing the TOEFL. 

This program is ideal for international students who want to get undergraduate or graduate degrees at an American college or university. It is also great for people that want to improve their English for business or other job opportunities. 

US F-1 Student Visa: All foreign students must obtain an F-1 Student Visa to study in the United States. Students will obtain an F-1 Visa application (Form I-20) once they are accepted into the Rockford University ESL program.


Private Tutoring 

Rockford University can design one-on-one study sessions for students who are enrolled and need private tutoring with an instructor. The program is tailored according to the student’s schedule and progression rate. Program available upon request.