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. 

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.

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 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.

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

Register today!

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. To view our complete program listing, see the Fall 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes or Spring 2020 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

Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.