Western's English as a Second Language Institute (WESL)


For 40 years, CEA-accredited WESL Institute has provided excellent English language education for students from all over the world. Located in the safe and friendly small-town community of Macomb, Illinois, our students find the freedom and support to pursue their educational and social interests at affordable prices. We are happy to help in many ways with our outstanding international student services.

We have had wonderful experiences working with students from countries such as Thailand, China, Libya, Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Egypt, India, Iran, South Korea, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Russia, the UK, Qatar, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, and many others! We look forward to helping you reach your educational dreams.

WESL General Information 

Established in 1977, WESL Institute provides international students the opportunity to improve their English skills through a 21-hours-per-week intensive ESL program. 

Courses are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters (16 weeks each) and the Summer semester (10 weeks) at three levels: Foundation (Basic); Intermediate; and University Preparation (advanced). 

All instructors hold Masters degrees and have received special training in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Upon successful completion of the WESL program, students who meet all other admission requirements are admitted as regular degree-seeking students at WIU.

These students are assisted in their transition to the University with special advising and registration sessions. Besides providing services to students seeking a degree at WIU, WESL also serves individuals who want to improve their English skills for professional and/or personal development.

Our Mission

The mission  of WESL Institute is to provide an intensive English program that prepares international students academically, socially, and culturally for success at a U.S. university.



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Contact Us

Phone: (309) 298-2485
Email: wesl@wiu.edu

WESL Institute, Memorial Hall 346
Western Illinois University 
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

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CEA Accreditation

Commission on English Language Accreditation. Since 2001, the WESL Institute has been accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

EnglishUSA Accreditation

American Association of Intensive English Programs. The WESL Institute is a member of EnglishUSA: the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). 

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