English Language Learning (ELL)

The focus of Literacy Services of Wisconsin’s ELL program is to help adult learners from around the world improve their English communication skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

In addition to academic achievement, LSW also assists students in realizing personal goals related to citizenship, employment, education, health, and a variety of other skills necessary to navigate American culture.

We offer a variety of learning methods to meet each student's unique educational goals. Class formats vary among sites, but may include:

  • One-on-One Tutoring: One or more 90-minute session(s) per week, scheduled according to student needs and tutor availability
  • Small Group or Classroom with an instructor
  • Learning Labs: Guided independent study*
  • Drop-In Tutoring*

NEW! We now offer Virtual/Online Instruction to support students at all locations during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all in-person services and drop-in tutoring are temporarily unavailable.

* Scheduling and availability vary by location

Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced ELL:  

Instruction ranges from basic survival skills and pronunciation through more intermediate and advanced conversation and vocabulary. Sessions may be tailored to address job-related topics or other areas important to students’ daily lives.

Civics for Citizenship

Study the conversation skills and content required to pass the civics portion of the naturalization interview. (LSW cannot assist with applications or legal matters related to citizenship at this time.

ELL spring semester registration is closed. Enrollment for summer ELL classes begins May 1.

To enroll in any of our programs, schedule an appointment online or call (414) 344-5878.

Locations & Services


Downtown Center

Downtown Center - 555 N. Plankinton Ave.

Class Formats

  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Drop-In Conversation Groups

Northwest Side


Silver Spring Neighborhood Center - 5460 N 64th St.

Class Formats

  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Classroom

South Side

Downtown Center

South Division High School Learning Lab - 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.

Class Formats

  • Classroom


Waukesha Center

Waukesha Center - 831 N. Grand Ave., Second Floor

Class Formats

  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Small Groups
  • Classroom