Rock Valley College
ESL students posing on campus with their instructors


The ESL (English as a Second Language) program can help you improve your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Our classes range from providing basic language skills for beginners to helping advanced students prepare for higher education, further training, or a career. We offer classes several times during the year at numerous locations throughout the community.

Can you tell me more about the ESL classes?

ESL classes start several times throughout the year and meet 2-4 times each week in the morning or evening. We have several locations throughout the area where classes take place.

Who are our students?

Our students represent a wide variety of cultural and educational backgrounds. Classes are only for those who are 17 years or older who are NOT enrolled in high school.

What is the cost of an ESL class?

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

How do I enroll in ESL classes?

Please call (815) 921-2000 to learn more about how to enroll.

Academic ESL Program

The Academic ESL Program 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.

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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.