Learn English

English as a Second Language/
English Language Learners Program

First Step: Request Info  Second Step: Create an Account and Apply

(NOTE: To help verify future student identities, MATC charges a $2 processing fee on all applications. Learn more about this fee here.)

Have questions and want to talk to an advisor? Email us!


To enroll in the ESL/ELL program, you will need to complete the following.

Step 1: Complete the Online MATC Admissions application form.

Step 2: Make an appointment to take the TABE Class-E test at any of the following assessment centers. This academic screening is required for course placement.

Downtown Campus - By Appointment Only
Room M428

Mequon Campus - By Appointment Only
Room A110

Oak Creek Campus - By Appointment Only
Room A106
414-571-4711 or 414-571-4631

West Allis Campus- By Appointment Only
Room 138

Step 3: Email to make an appointment with an advisor to help you register for classes.

Program Goals

  1. To prepare students for postsecondary courses and programs.
  2. To help students learn English so they may function more effectively at work, at home and in the community. 

ESL/ELL students learn in a variety of ways: group, individualized, computer-assisted language learning, Weekend College and online. A student may choose courses in oral language development, vocabulary improvement, reading and writing skills, pre-employment English, and computer skills. They also can get help in preparing for citizenship. Outreach programs for business and industry are available as well.

Visit this link for more ESL information.  

Our Diverse Community

The department provides English language instruction to a linguistically diverse (more than 30 languages) and culturally diverse (50 countries) population. The student population comes from all educational and ethnic backgrounds. The program serves students living in Milwaukee.

Features and Services

  • Six levels of instruction ranging from beginning literacy to advanced
  • Day classes, evening classes and a Saturday morning workshop
  • Short- or long-term programs
  • Instruction in developing communication skills such as reading, writing and speaking
  • Crossover instruction for technical programs
  • Vocational ESL
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • ESL classes at community-based organizations
  • Online Instruction
  • Field trips to acquaint students with the Milwaukee area
  • Student organizations
  • Academic advising

ESL/ELL Contacts

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
700 West State Street, Milwaukee

Mequon Campus
5555 West Highand Avenue

Oak Creek Campus
6665 South Howell Avenue

West Allis Campus
1200 South 71st Street

Community Outreach Sites

English as a Second Language is offered at various community-based organizations (CBOs) in the Milwaukee area. Contact these sites for more information:

Milwaukee Public Library virtual ELL/ESL help link:

International Community Center
4204 South Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

International Learning Program
639 North 25th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Journey House
2110 West Scott Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Literacy Services of Wisconsin (Laubach Center)
555 North Plankinton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

SER Jobs
2514 South 102nd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53227

Spanish Center (School)
614 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-384-3700, ext. 208
2701 South Chase Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207