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.
citizenship courses are offered to prepare permanent residents for the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Examination.
- 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.
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 ESL||MC Room 1460||9-11:55 a.m.||M, W, F||March 21 - May 13|
|Beginning ESL ||MC Room 1460||6-8:50 p.m.||M, W||March 21 - May 9|
|Intermediate ESL||MC Room 1461||9-11:55 a.m.||M, W, F||March 21 - May 13|
|Intermediate ESL||MC Room 1462||6-8:50 p.m.||M, W||March 21 - May 9|
|Advanced ESL||MC Room 1461 ||9-11:50 a.m. ||T, Th||March 22 - May 12|
|Advanced ESL||MC Room 1461 ||6-8:50 p.m.||M, W||March 21 - May 9|
|Vocabulary Development||MC Room 1460 ||12:30-2:20 p.m. ||M - Th ||March 21 - May 10|
|ESL on Computers||MC Room 1460||9-11:50 a.m.||T||March 22 - May 10|
| Academic Reading for Non-Native English Speakers||MC Room 1461 ||12:30 - 2:30 p.m. ||M-Th ||March 21 - May 10 |
|Sam Wolf Granite City Campus |
|Intermediate/Advanced ESL||Room 533 ||9-11:50 a.m. ||T, Th||March 22 - May 10|
|Beginning/Intermediate ESL||Room 533 ||6-8:50 p.m. ||M, W |
March 21 - May 9
|Advanced ESL||Room 533 ||6-8:50 p.m. ||T, Th ||March 22 - May 10|
|Fairmont City Library |
|Beginning/Intermediate ESL||Library ||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