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English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Free English Language Acquisition classes develop your conversation, listening and speaking, reading and writing skills. Get more involved in your community, gain skills for improved employment and further your educational opportunities through COD's ELA program. Classes and books are free. 

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Students working in ELA class
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Detailed Program Information

Course Levels and Locations

There are seven course levels, beginning through high to intermediate. Classes meet four to 10 hours per week at more than 25 locations throughout the district during the morning, afternoon and evening.

I-DEA ELA Courses

Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) courses teach ELA students English in partnership with college and career skills. Students also complete course material online to learn, practice, and develop concepts before coming to class. Classes are offered three days a week in Glen Ellyn.  


All students must take a placement test and attend a short orientation/intake session prior to registration. Call (630) 942-3697 for registration days and times or email

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After ELA

Once you've successfully completed the ELA program, you may:

  • Prepare for college-level classes:
    Students can register in the Academic English Language Studies (ELS) program to obtain the English skills necessary to take college-level classes and start a degree program.
  • Achieve High School Equivalency:
    The Adult Basic Education (ABE)/High School Equivalency (HSE) program allows students lacking a high school diploma to build their reading, writing and math skills in order to pass the exam to obtain a high school equivalency certificate.
  • Pursue a new career path:
    College of DuPage offers numerous certificate programs which, upon completion, provide the qualifications necessary to obtain employment in industries such as healthcare, information technology, criminal justice or hospitality to name a few.

Academic English Language Studies (ELS)

The Academic ELS program provides English language instruction for students whose native language is not English. For Academic ELS, please call (630) 942-2047 or email  

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To register or for detailed program information, call Adult Education at (630) 942-3697.

Contact Information

Adult Education and ELA Office
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-3697
Fax: (630) 942-3804

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Adult Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at or at any time.