ELP Program Overview

English Language Programs offers classes in the fall, spring and summer semester. All courses at ELP are non-credit-bearing. ELP offers four levels of classes.

Upon admission to ELP, students will be given a test to determine their level of English language proficiency. Based on these test results, students will be placed in classes at the appropriate level.

Program Schedule
Summer 2020
Fall 2020
Application Deadline
May 1
July 1
Arrival Dates
June 26-27
Aug. 13-14
Student Orientation
June 28-29 Aug. 15-19
First day of classes
June 30
Aug. 24

ELP offers a 16-week intensive program during the fall and spring semester. Fall semester begins in mid-August. The Spring semester begins early in January.

During the Fall and Spring semester, students are

  • Enrolled in four courses (if full-time)
  • Required to have 18-22 hours of ESL instruction each week
  • Encouraged to participate in at least one hour of cultural activities and one hour of after-class tutoring


Due to COVID19 concerns, summer 2020 ELP classes will be delivered entirely online.

Each summer, ELP offers a six-week intensive English language program. Classes generally start the first week in July and end in the middle of August.

During the summer semester, students are

  • Enrolled in four courses (if full-time)
  • Required to have 26.5 hours of ESL instruction each week
When face-to-face sessions are available again, we encourage you to participate in at least two hours of cultural activities and two hours of after-class tutoring each week.

ELP can customize programs for universities and institutions that wish to send students or teachers to ELP in groups. Customized programs can be offered during any semester throughout the year. Please email elp@winona.edu for more information or call us at +1.507.457.5442.

  • Teacher Training workshops or classes can be customized for groups of ELL, ESL or EFL teachers to provide focused training in the areas of Second Language Acquisition, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Critical Thinking and more.
  • Academies for high school or college age students consist of a combination of intensive English language study along with academic and college preparatory workshops alternating with cultural excursions.

Cultural Activities

ELP provides its students with a variety of activities each semester. The activities are meant to help students with language acquisition and socialization outside of the classroom. 


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