Summer Hours: COD Glen Ellyn campus is closed on Fridays through Aug. 11. Visit the Campus Hours page for more information and exceptions.

English Language Acquisition (ELA)

ELA classes improve a student's English skills in the areas of conversation, listening/speaking, reading and writing for the purpose of community participation, employment or to further educational opportunities. 

The First Step: Registration and Placement Exam

Please call (630) 942-3697 to schedule your appointment.
You may take your test at one of the locations below. 

Upcoming Testing Dates

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

9 a.m.
May 30 and 31
June 3

5 p.m.
May 30 and 31

Naperville Center
1223 Rickert Drive
(630) 942-4700

10 a.m. or 5 p.m
May 25

Please note:

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

Additional Courses and Locations

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! Students can move through ELA levels at an accelerated pace with classes that 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


Register today!

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email 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

Summer Hours: June 4 through Aug. 13
Summer hours at COD are in effect June 4 through Aug. 13. During this time, most buildings on the Glen Ellyn campus are closed Fridays to Sundays.

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)

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