English as a Second Language

The ESL (English as a Second Language) program can help you improve your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Our classes range from providing basic language skills for beginners to helping advanced students prepare for higher education, training, or a career.

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Enrollment for ESL classes will reopen on July 1, 2024. Please complete the application for ESL classes in the fall semester and select a test date for your required reading assessment. Openings are available on a first-come basis. Please select "ESL (Adult Education)" as the type of application. 

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Tuition Fully Covered

All ESL classes are free to students.

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Next Steps

Need help transitioning into college or a career after your Adult Education classes? Our Transitions Coordinator can help you with one-on-one career exploration, applying to college, finding funding for college, referrals to other agencies, and more! To get started, make an appointment with the Transitions Coordinator at (815) 921-4296.


Approximately 36.58% ($406,612) of total grant dollars to the Adult Education Program are provided through Federal funding. Rock Valley College provides, on an individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in class activities or meet class requirements.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Adult Education Office at (815) 921-2000 to discuss their needs for accommodations. Rock Valley College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.