English Language Acquisition

ESL class

English Language Acquisition Program (ELAP)

The ELAP program offers ESL and Citizenship classes.


The Adult Education Department offers basic English language instruction through our ELA classes for adult community members, 16 years of age or older, whose primary language is not English.  ELA 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.  

ELA classes

  • Class Levels
    Part-time ELA 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. Each year we offer two 8-week sessions in fall semester and two 8-week sessions in spring semester. Shorter summer classes are also offered.

  • Specialized ELA classes include:
    ELA Reading & Vocabulary 
    – 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.
    ELAP Transitional Reading –.  This Adult Education class is designed for non-native English speakers who have completed or tested out of Adult Education ELAP classes and who are preparing for post-secondary education at a U.S. college or university. This course is designed to strengthen reading skills and will focus on reading comprehension, ability to make inferences, reading speed, and vocabulary building strategies.
  • 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, and who qualify for our services based on testing criteria. 
  • ELA 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. 

Summer 2016 
Belleville Campus        
Beginning & Intermediate ELA8:30 - 11:20 a.m.M-ThJuly 5 - 28
Advanced ELA8:30 - 11:20 a.m.T, ThJuly 5 - 28
Beginning & Intermediate ELA6-8:50 p.m.M, T, WJuly 5 - 28
Advanced ELA6-8:50 p.m. M, T, WJuly 5 - Aug. 8
Sam Wolf Granite City Campus        
Intermediate & Advanced ELA9-11:50 a.m. T, W, ThJuly 5 - Aug. 4
Beginning ELA6-8:50 p.m. T, W, Th

July 5 - Aug. 4

Fairmont City Library        
Beginning & Intermediate ELA6 - 7:50 p.m. T, W, ThJuly 5 - 28


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.  Please call 618-222-5363 to schedule your pre-registration and testing session.

Pre-Registration & Testing for NEW and RETURNING students:


Belleville – Adult Education Office, room 2273
Tuesday, June 28, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29, 9:00 – 11:30 am


Granite City – room 533
Monday, June 27, 5:00 – 7:30 pm


Note: New students must register by no later than day 3 of the class. 

 Fall semester ELA classes will begin the week of August 22, 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. 5363      

For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Steven’s Amendment), approximately 19% ($467,258) federal funds were used to support Adult Education Programs.