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
- Listening and speaking
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 or email ELA@cod.edu.
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.
For Academic ESL, please call (630) 942-2047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register or for detailed program information, call Adult Education at (630) 942-3697
or visit our office in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110.
View all Continuing Education programs and classes in the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.
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
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)
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