Literacy Services of Wisconsin's ELL program supports other world language speaking students with reading, writing, spelling, and verbal skills. Our students currently come from over 50 different countries or 25% of the world.

This program focuses on the needs of students from these countries and many more around the world. It provides one-on-one instruction in reading, writing, spelling, and verbal skills for non-English speakers.

In addition to academic achievement, ELL students also work to achieve goals such as employment, housing, driver licenses, and, ultimately, U.S. citizenship. We are proud to offer a community engagement program which will take ELL students to relevant institutions in and around our Milwaukee community and educate them about the services and history of notable places.

Meet Tony


Tony grew up in Yuriria, Guanajuato, Mexico. He came to the United States in July of 2015 and within a month enrolled as a student at Literacy Services. Initially his English speaking skills were quite limited, but he never missed a class and always attended conversation groups. His motivation enabled him to improve his skills at a rapid pace. As his language skills grew, so did his confidence. It was not long before he was able to seek employment and handle job interviews. Tony now works in one of the businesses at the Milwaukee Public Market. His natural curiosity and motivation drive him to continue to take on more responsibilities in his job.