English Language Acquisition Program (ELAP)
The ELAP program offers ESL and Citizenship classes.
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
- 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
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.
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.
classes are not intended for tourists, but for those who have come to the USA
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
FALL 2015 - SESSION II
|Daytime ELA Classes|| || || || |
|Belleville Campus - Beginners||MC Room 1460||9-11:50 a.m.||M-Th||Nov. 17 - Dec. 15|
|Belleville Campus - Multi-level||MC Room 1460||12:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.||M-Th||Nov. 17 - Dec. 15|
|Belleville Campus - Advanced||MC Room 1461||9-11:50 a.m.||M-Th||Nov. 17 - Dec. 15|
|Belleville Campus - Academic||MC Room 1461||12:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.||M-Th||Nov. 17 - Dec. 15|
|Sam Wolf Granite City Campus||Room 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 - Beginners||MC Room 1460||6-8:50 p.m..||M, W||Nov. 16 - Dec. 14|
|Belleville Campus - Advanced||MC Room 1461||6-8:50 p.m.||M, W||Nov. 16 - Dec. 14|
|Sam Wolf Granite City Campus - Advanced||Room 533||6-8:50 p.m.||M, W||Nov. 16 - Dec. 14|
|Sam Wolf Granite City Campus - Multi-level||Room 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