English Language Acquisition

ESL class

English Language Acquisition Program (ELAP)

The ELAP program offers ESL and Citizenship classes.

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is a free educational opportunity for adult community members, 16 years of age or older, whose primary language is not English. ESL classes improve a student's English skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for the purpose of community participation, employment, or to further educational opportunities in the U.S. We welcome non-native English speakers from any language family or nationality.

Free citizenship courses are offered to prepare permanent residents for the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Examination.  

ESL classes

  • Class Levels
    Part-time ESL classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students will be placed in the appropriate level class(es) based on pre-test. Our friendly classes assist immigrant students in progressing toward self-sufficiency and economic success.

  • Times and Locations
    Daytime and evening courses are offered at the Belleville and Granite City campuses. A satellite afternoon class is offered at the Fairmont City Library. See the current schedule at the bottom of this page. Five 8-week sessions are offered each year: Two 8-week sessions in fall, two 8-week sessions in spring semester, and one 8-week session over summer.

  • Specialized ESL classes include:
    Vocabulary Development 
    – for intermediate to advanced level ESL students
    ESL on Computers – for students whose first language is not English and who have minimal or no computer experience.
    Academic English – for students who have successfully completed the Advanced level ESL course and obtained the necessary test score. The Academic English course is a bridge course providing additional English reading and writing instruction for those students intending to pursue further academic study or high school equivalency preparation courses.

  • Cost
    Our classes are offered free to eligible students through Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as administered by the Illinois Community College Board. Students enrolled in the ELAP will be required to take a test periodically to document their progress with English.


Who can attend:

  • Our classes are available to adult community members living in the state of Illinois, 16 years of age or older, whose primary language is not English.

  • ESL classes are not intended for tourists, but for those who have come to the USA to live.

  • Per ICCB (Illinois Community College Board) regulations, International students (F visa), visitors to the U.S., and Au Pairs (J visa) are not eligible for ESL or other adult education courses.



  • Pre-registration is available by appointment in the Adult Education Office, SWIC Belleville campus; a placement test is required to register in any of our ELAP classes. Call 618-222-5363 or send email to julie.wojtal@swic.edu to schedule a pre-registration appointment.

  • Students may be admitted until the registration cut-off date (3rd day of class) if space is available.

  • Students may also register and join classes at the midterm of each 8 week session. Contact the ELAP Office at 618-222-5363 or by email to learn more about joining a class at mid-term.



Daytime ELA Classes    
Belleville Campus - BeginnersMC Room 14609-11:50 a.m.M-ThNov. 17 - Dec. 15
Belleville Campus - Multi-levelMC Room 146012:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.M-ThNov. 17 - Dec. 15
Belleville Campus - AdvancedMC Room 14619-11:50 a.m.M-ThNov. 17 - Dec. 15
Belleville Campus - AcademicMC Room 146112:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.M-ThNov. 17 - Dec. 15
Sam Wolf Granite City CampusRoom 533 9-11:50 a.m. M - Th Nov. 17 - Dec. 15
Fairmont City Library noon-2:50 p.m. W, F Nov. 13 - Dec. 16
Evening ELA Classes    
Belleville Campus - BeginnersMC Room 14606-8:50 p.m..M, WNov. 16 - Dec. 14
Belleville Campus - AdvancedMC Room 14616-8:50 p.m.M, WNov. 16 - Dec. 14
Sam Wolf Granite City Campus - AdvancedRoom 5336-8:50 p.m.M, WNov. 16 - Dec. 14
Sam Wolf Granite City Campus - Multi-levelRoom 533 6-8:50 p.m. T, Th Nov. 12 - Dec. 10


Spring 2016 classes begin January 19, 2016.

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For pre-registration or more information, call or email:

Julie Wojtal at 618-235-2700, ext. 5363
Toll-free in Illinois 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5369