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English as a Second Language (ESL) 


English as a Second Language (ESL) is a program designed for adults, 17 years or older, whose native language is NOT English.  

ESL students in class

The ESL program helps students improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  ESL classes range from providing basic language and life skills for beginners to helping advanced students refine their English in preparation for higher education, vocational training, or a career.

Can you tell me more about the ESL classes?

Rock Valley College's ESL classes typically start in January and August for 15-17 weeks, with possible summer classes.  Classes meet 5-7 hours per week, during the morning, afternoon or evening, and are located throughout the community.  There are seven different levels of ESL classes.

What is the cost of an ESL class?

For residents of the Rock Valley College District, tuition for these courses is free.

Who are the students?

Our student population represents a diversity of cultural and educational backgrounds.  Our current students are from 65 separate countries and speak 50 different languages.

How do I register for ESL classes?

The Adult Education office will assist students with the registration process on scheduled dates.  Placement testing will be conducted at the time of registration to determine what level of ESL courses a student should enroll in.  The registration process takes about 2.5 hours.


ESL Enrollment

If you are ready to enroll in ESL classes, you must first attend a testing session. Classes are only for adults who are 17 years and older. Students enrolled in high school may NOT attend these classes. Expect the testing to last 2 ½ hours. Children are not allowed to attend.

Click here for a list of ESL testing dates for Fall 2015

Providing a phone number is required in case our staff needs to contact you by phone to properly respond to your question or comment.



The IEP is an Intensive English Program. It is a 15-week, full-time academic ESL program designed to help non-native English speakers transition to academic/credit classes at Rock Valley College. There are two levels in the IEP, beginning and intermediate. 

Student browsing his text book in RVC ESL class


IEP Information Sessions

To receive information for an upcoming IEP Information Session, please fill out the information below:

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Contact Us

For further testing and program information, please call:

Adult Education Office
Stenstrom Center for Career Education
4151 Samuelson Road
(815) 921-2000

Approximately 36.58% ($406,612) of total grant dollars to the Adult Education Program are provided through Federal funding. Rock Valley College provides, on an individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in class activities or meet class requirements.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Adult Education office, 815-921-2000, to discuss their needs for accommodations. Rock Valley College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.