English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Learning English can change your life. Get more involved in your community, gain skills for improved employment and further your educational opportunities through COD's English Language Acquisition (ELA) program. Classes are free.

ELA classes improve a student's English skills in the areas of

    • Conversation
    • Listening and speaking
    • Reading
    • Writing

Fall 2017 English and Citizenship classes at locations near you.



Fall Registration and Placement Exam

Please call (630) 942-3697 to schedule your appointment.

Testing dates and times:
Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

College of DuPage Main Campus
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110

Please note: Placement testing takes approximately three hours. Children are not allowed in the testing room so please plan ahead.

Find classes near you.


More Program Information

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

Accelerated ELA Courses
You may be able to complete your ELA class in just eight weeks! Classes move at an accelerated pace and meet four days per week.
Available in Bensenville and 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. 


What's Next

After successfully completing the ELA program, students 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)

For Academic ESL, please call (630) 942-2047 or email liberalarts@cod.edu


Register today!

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email CE@cod.edu or register online. To view our complete program listing, see the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

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

Office Hours
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • For the purpose of compliance with Public Law 101-166 (The Stevens Amendment) approximately 26% of the College of DuPage ABE/GED/ESL programs are federally funded.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

  2017 College of DuPage