Ready to get started? After you watch the Information Session presentation, you will need to submit an Adult Education Pre-Registration Form* and receive your student ID (called an X-Number).
* not required for returning students

Students with X-Numbers should call (630) 966-4600 to schedule your placement test. After your test you will receive information about your next step, completing your online Orientation.

ELA Program Information

English Language Acquisition (ELA) is a language program designed for adults, 16 years and older, whose native language is not English. The ELA program helps students improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills from literacy to the advanced level. Students improve English skills while also learning about U.S. culture. There is no tuition fee for these classes.

Before entry into the program, a student must obtain an English skills assessment for accurate placement. Placement testing is done weekly throughout most of the year.

ELA classes meet in the mornings from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or in the evenings from 6 - 9:30 p.m. Classes begin six times per year, in August, October, January, March, May and July. Classes are held at the Aurora Downtown Campus and at various other locations in the community.

Upon successful completion of the ELA program, students participate in a ceremony and receive a certificate of achievement.

For further testing and enrollment information, please attend one of the Information Sessions offered at the Aurora Downtown Campus. Reservations are not required.

Contact Us

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Adult Education
Aurora Downtown Campus, Room 457
(630) 966-4600

Our advisors and counselors are bilingual.


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Available Hours:
Mon. - Thur. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.