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.

2014 Class Schedule

WINTER Session:  Jan 14 – March 20 – in session

SPRING Session: April 15 – June 19

  • Testing/Registration April 8, 9, 10 @ 6:30 pm (no appt necessary)
  • Classes meet Tuesday & Thursday for 10 weeks 6:30 – 8:30 pm

SUMMER INTENSIVE: July 14 – Aug. 21

  • Testing/Registration July 8, 9, 10  @ 6:30 pm (no appt necessary)
  • Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday for 6 weeks 6:30 – 8:30 pm


  • $200 per session -  $20 registration/testing fee
  • $30 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

Additional Information:

  • Students do not receive letter grade; classes are pass/fail
  • Certificates of Completion provided at last class
  • Class space is limited; 8 – 15 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

Assessment and Registration:

  • New students must take an assessment/placement test to decide correct level (fee is $20)
  • 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) – students learn grammar, vocabulary, and clear communications skills
  • Intermediate (Levels 5 & 6) – focus is on grammar and day-to-day English to communicate with confidence
  • Advanced (Level 7) – emphasis is on personal professional writing skills and improvement of grammar and communication for daily use in business, school, and personal life
  • High Advanced (Level 8) – works on 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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