Western's English As A Second Language Institute (WESL)

Established in 1977, WESL Institute provides international students the opportunity to improve their English skills through a 20-hour-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 in the west-central Illinois region 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 program in academic English for international students who are preparing to enter an American college or university.

The WESL curriculum is designed and taught by a professional faculty to prepare students academically, socially, and culturally for success as university students.


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Contact Us

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

WESL Institute, MH 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.

Website: http://www.cea-accredit.org/

EnglishUSA Accreditation

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

Website: http://www.englishusa.org/