Academic English as a Second Language Program (ESL)

Since 1991, we have served more than 1,000 English learners from around the world in our Academic ESL Program. Our students are refugees, student-visa holders, businessmen and businesswomen, and visiting scholars.

We are an accredited program with a strong reputation for excellence and innovation. ESL faculty members and staff are committed to preparing our students to be competitive with their American counterparts in vocational and academic programs and in the workforce.

We focus on helping our students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as develop their study skills.


Students who complete the Academic ESL program:

  • Read, write, listen, speak to succeed in academic and vocational classes.
  • Develop study skills to succeed in academic and vocational classes.
  • Work with online classes.
Earn a Certificate of Proficiency

Graduation and Transition Ceremony

In May, we honor students who have completed the advanced level. On the same day as the college graduation, the ESL Graduation Ceremony is held in the morning for friends and family to celebrate your accomplishments. The college administration, including the president and members of the board, as well as college faculty and staff join together to honor the students completing the Adult Education ESL Program and Academic ESL Program.


Get started

Before you begin the program, you will take the language placement test. The score that you receive on this test will help us figure out which classes would be most helpful for you in reaching your goals.

ESL Testing & Placement

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic ESL Program

Before you enroll in the ESL Program, you will be given a language placement test. Your level is determined by your score on the test. For more information about ESL classes, please call 309-796-5183.

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