Free English Language Acquisition (ELA) 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.
There are seven course levels, beginning through high to intermediate. Classes meet four to 10 hours per week online and at more than 25 locations throughout the district during the morning, afternoon and evening.
All ELA students are required to complete a placement test prior to starting their classes. Find a testing location.
College of DuPage ELA student Martha Santillan (second from left, pictured with her mother, daughter and son) passed her citizenship interview and test, becoming a United States Citizen in April 2023.
Students working on English assignments.
ELA instructor teaching students how to accept criticism gracefully.
ELA Instructor working with with ELA students.
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After Completing 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.
"Not being able to communicate felt like a disability to me. For many of us, the only thing we need to succeed and reach our full potential is for someone to give us a fighting chance." - Ana SolaresAna's COD Story
Academic English Language Studies (ELS)
Adult Education and ELA Office
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
Coordinator, Student Services
If you are attempting to register for a class, leave a message and Adult Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.