Learn English

English as a Second Language/
English Language Learners Program

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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.

The Office of Bilingual Education works with students whose first language is not English and with students who are fluent in English and Spanish or Hmong. We offer courses to help students improve their English skills and obtain their GED certificate in Spanish. We also offer bilingual occupational programs and transitional assistance into bilingual college-level degree and diploma programs. 

Visit this link for more ESL information.  

Our Diverse Community

The department provides English language instruction to a linguistically diverse (25 language groups) and culturally diverse (50 countries) population. The student population comes from all educational and ethnic backgrounds. The program serves students living in Milwaukee and includes resident aliens, refugees and U.S. citizens.

Features and Services

  • Six levels of instruction ranging from beginning literacy to high 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:

Forest Home Library Adult Study Center
1432 West Forest Home Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204
International Language Center
4204 South Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

International Learning Center
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
1243 South Cesar E. Chavez Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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

802 West Mitchell Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204