Rock Valley College

About the ESL Program

The ESL (English as a Second Language) program can help you improve your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students also learn basic math skills, receive coaching in civic and community participation, and learn skills important for the workplace. ESL classes range from providing basic language skills for beginners to helping advanced students prepare for higher education, further training, or a career. All ESL classes are free to students.

Can you tell me more about the ESL classes?

Students attending ESL classes become part of a caring community of support.

The curriculum used in the Rock Valley College ESL program is founded on the English Language Proficiency standards, and it is integrated with the Common Core & College Readiness standards. ESL instructors are trained in lesson planning and development. They participate in regular ongoing trainings specific to adult education to ensure students receive the best possible learning experience.

Who are our students?

Students attending ESL classes come from a wide variety of culture and language backgrounds. Typically, there are more than fifty countries represented in the Rock Valley College ESL program, and more than 40 languages represented.

What is the cost of an ESL class?

Classes are FREE for residents of the Rock Valley College district.

When and where are ESL classes?

Classes are held at varying times and at numerous locations throughout the community. Many locations are accessible by walking or by bus. Classes meet 3-4 days per week, 2 1/2 hours per day.

How do I enroll in ESL classes?

Enrollment opportunities are typically offered in July, September, and December/January. During open enrollment sessions, the application will be found on the website Prospective students take a reading assessment and are placed in the appropriate class.