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.

Instruction is carried out one-on-one with an individual tutor or in a larger group setting. LSW currently serves students from approximately 50 different countries.

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.