English Language Learning (ELL)

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

LSW also helps students achieve personal goals related to citizenship, employment, education, digital literacy, and other skills necessary to navigate American culture.

To enroll in an English class (FREE of charge), schedule an appointment online or call (414) 344-5878.

We offer a variety of learning formats to meet each student's unique goals:

  • Small group or classroom with an instructor (online or face-to-face): Study English with a professional teacher and other students. Class schedules and modes vary depending on level and location.
  • One-on-one tutoring (online or face-to-face): Work one-on-one with a volunteer ELL tutor up to twice a week. Sessions last 60-90 minutes each and are scheduled according to student needs and tutor availability.
  • Learning labs (face-to-face): Guided independent study*

* Scheduling and availability vary by location

General ELL

Instruction ranges from beginner-level basic English speaking, grammar, and literacy to advanced and specialized conversation, reading, and academic writing. All class levels build skills necessary for success in the workplace, post-secondary education, the USCIS naturalization exam, and our PI 5.09 HSED-EL program.


Literacy Services of Wisconsin’s High School Equivalency Diploma for English Learners (HSED-EL) is a 19-week HSED program designed specifically for English learners of any language background who are seeking a secondary credential.

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U.S. Citizenship Education

Study the English skills and U.S. civics content required to pass the USCIS naturalization exam and interview. PLEASE NOTE: Although LSW cannot assist with N-400 applications or legal matters related to residency or citizenship, we can refer students to legal assistance through our trusted community partners.

Practicum Students

If you are interested in completing your practicum hours for a degree or certification in TESOL/TEFL/ESL at Literacy Services of Wisconsin, please contact the Manager of ELL Programs, Patrice Vnuk (Patrice@literacyservices.org), and the Volunteer Coordinator, Madison Olig (Madison@literacyservices.org), with at least 3-4 weeks lead time. Please note that we are only able to place practicum students at the start of each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer), and available classes and cooperating instructors may be limited.

We also ask that each prospective practicum student meets the following requirements:

  • Complete standard ELL tutor onboard training
  • Commit to volunteering for a period of 6 months
  • Clearly communicate expectations and requirements of your program to both the cooperating instructor and Manager of ELL Programs