Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

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.  

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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.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OCTOBER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 

E-Mail List

To be the first to receive registration information about future ESL classes via e-mail, please fill out the form below:

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

 
 

INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM (IEP)

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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. 

CHECK BACK IN JANUARY FOR SPRING REGISTRATION INFORMATION



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

D.Carlson@rockvalleycollege.edu
(815) 921-2000
 


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Rock Valley College provides, on a flexible and 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.  Approximately 33.8% ($343,988) of total grant dollars to the Adult Education Program are provided through Federal funding.