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. 

Spring 2016 - Session II
Belleville Campus        
Beginning ESLMC Room 14609-11:55 a.m.M, W, FMarch 21 - May 13
Beginning ESL MC Room 14606-8:50 p.m.M, WMarch 21 - May 9
Intermediate ESLMC Room 14619-11:55 a.m.M, W, FMarch 21 - May 13
Intermediate ESLMC Room 14626-8:50 p.m.M, WMarch 21 - May 9
Advanced ESLMC Room 1461 9-11:50 a.m. T, ThMarch 22 - May 12
Advanced ESLMC Room 1461 6-8:50 p.m.M, WMarch 21 - May 9
Vocabulary DevelopmentMC Room 1460 12:30-2:20 p.m. M - Th March 21 - May 10
ESL on ComputersMC Room 14609-11:50 a.m.TMarch 22 - May 10
 Academic Reading for Non-Native English SpeakersMC Room 1461 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. M-Th March 21 - May 10 
Sam Wolf Granite City Campus        
Intermediate/Advanced ESLRoom 533 9-11:50 a.m. T, ThMarch 22 - May 10
Beginning/Intermediate ESLRoom 533 6-8:50 p.m. M, W 

March 21 - May 9

Advanced ESLRoom 533 6-8:50 p.m. T, Th March 22 - May 10
Fairmont City Library        
Beginning/Intermediate ESLLibrary 12-2:50 p.m. W, F March 30 - May 20

Registration for New Students

All new students wishing to enroll in our free classes are required to complete paperwork and take a written test to determine program eligibility and level.

Pre-Registration Session for New Students:
Thursday, March 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(arrive anytime between 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; registration & testing will take approximately 1.5 hours)

Location:  SWIC Belleville Campus, Adult Education Office, 2273 Main Complex building
New students may also complete paperwork and take the required test on the first day of class.

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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. 5363