Important dates:

Registration opens for summer & fall: April 4

Summer semester: May 23-July 28

Fall semester: August 22-December 8


Register as soon as possible to get the schedule you want.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English Language Institute (ELI) is a semi-intensive language program based in Colorado Springs designed to meet the needs of those individuals who:

  • Are planning to go to an American college or university
  • Need to improve English skills for the work environment
  • Are interested in improving their ability to read, write, and speak English

Levels of study

The English Language Institute has three levels of study: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Students who place in the basic level take three classes in that level before moving on to intermediate. Students in the intermediate level take three classes before moving on to advanced. There are three classes in the advanced level. Those who complete our advanced level will receive a Certificate of Completion. Many students who finish the ELI program continue at PPCC. The ELI offers classes in grammar, writing, reading, listening/speaking, and pronunciation.

Our ELI sequence chart shows you the required classes for each level of our program and a brief description of each course.

Flexible schedules

The English Language Institute offers both daytime and evening classes in the fall and spring semesters. The classes meet twice a week (either on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and go for 15 weeks. In the summer semester, basic and intermediate classes are offered. They meet in the daytime four days per week, Monday through Thursday, for 10 weeks. Take a look at our current brochure and schedule.

All classes are offered at PPCC's Centennial Campus.