English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language program offers four levels of language and skills training for adults to improve English listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills. Classes are student-centered and interactive. We welcome students from all walks of life – whether they are visiting the United States for short-term or living in Minnesota. Regular sessions meet twice per week for 10 weeks for a total of 40 classroom hours.

 2016 Class Schedule

SPRING 2016: April 12 – June 16, 2016 $225.00

  • Testing/Registration April 5, 6, 7 at 6:30 pm (no appointment necessary)
  • 10 weeks – classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

SUMMER INTENSIVE: July 12 – Aug 18, 2016 $225.00

  • Testing/Registration July 5, 6, 7 at 6:30 pm (no appointment necessary)
  • 6 weeks – classes meet Tuesday, Wed and Thursday evenings; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

FALL 2016: Sept 13 – Nov 17, 2016  $225.00

  • Testing/Registration Sept 6, 7, 8 at 6:30 pm (no appointment necessary)
  • 10 weeks – classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


  • $225 per session +  $25 registration/testing fee
  • $30 – $45 textbook – available at front desk
  • Payment may be made in cash, checks made out to the International Institute of Minnesota, or by credit card (VISA or MasterCard only) at the front desk or over the phone
  • Students may sign up for free, weekly one on one tutoring; by appt

Additional Information:

  • Students do not receive letter grade; classes are pass/fail
  • Certificates of Completion provided at last class
  • Class space is limited; 8 – 18 students; average 14 students
  • Free tutoring for enrolled students (depending on availability)
  • The Institute does not provide I20 paperwork or help with acquiring visas for study in USA
  • Teachers are trained in the Communicative Language Teaching methodology and use a variety of teaching strategies and activities that encourage student participation and engagement
  • Students must be 18+ years old for admission; 16+ for the Summer Intensive course
  • The Institute does not need or ask for any specific documents or visa for enrollment
  • Fall, Winter & Spring sessions meet twice per week for 10 weeks (40 hours). Summer Intensive meet 3 times per week for 6 weeks (34 hours)
  • Refund policy: 50% of the class fee if notified 5 days after class start date; 0% thereafter
  • All classes and testing held on site: 1694 Como Ave St Paul MN, conveniently located between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, across the street from MN State Fairgrounds

Assessment and Registration:

  • New students must take an assessment/placement test to decide correct level (fee is $25)
  • Assessments are offered three evenings before class start dates; if unable to attend testing dates; please call for an appointment

Class Level Descriptions:

  • High Beginning (Level 4) – grammar, vocabulary, and clear communication skills
  • GRAMMAR & COMMUNICATION – Intermediate (Levels 5 & 6) – grammar focus and day-to-day English use to communicate with confidence
  • ACADEMIC ENGLISH – Advanced (Level 7) – develops essential grammar and writing skills; communication and TOEFL prep
  • ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONALS – Advanced (Level 8) – writing formal letters, TOEFL prep, grammar, interviewing and presentation skills for professional  and academic use, may be a continuation for Academic English students
  • CONVERSATION & PRONUNCIATION – Advanced –  improve fluency, pronunciation, intercultural communications, and American everyday expressions

If you would like further information or to enroll in class, please contact Dominique Winders at 651-647-0191 x 340 or fill out the form below:

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