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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Learn English by taking classes in one of the following programs: 

   

Academic ESL

     

Adult ESL

Purpose:

 

Learn English for academic and professional purposes. 

  • Getting a degree
  • Updating or advancing a current profession
  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking about complex subjects
     

Learn English for success in daily living. 

  • Going to stores and restaurants
  • Handling the monthly bills
  • Developing better workplace communication

Immigration Note:

       
  • Students with B, F, J and M visas ARE NOT eligible for this program. Students with H visas ARE eligible

Advantage:

 
  • Provides smaller class sizes
  • Targets specific skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
  • Prepares students to communicate with high levels of fluency
  • Prepares students for academic level classes 
     
  •  Free to residents and citizens
  • Offered in many locations
  • No previous English necessary 

 

Previous Education:

 
  • It is recommended that students have finished high school in their country or in the U.S. 
     
  • Students can enter with any level of education

 

Levels of English:

 
  •  For high beginning to high advanced learners of English

    If students plan to study a degree or certificate at College of DuPage or need English for professional purposes, we welcome them to enroll directly into Academic ESL.
     
  • For zero level to high intermediate learners of English

    If students have never studied English before, they may find it helpful to start with Adult ESL classes. After they build their ESL skills, they are welcome to transition into the Academic ESL program.