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*

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* Scheduling and availability vary by location

General ELL

Instruction ranges from beginner-level survival English 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.

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.


Literacy Services of Wisconsin’s High School Equivalency Diploma for English Learners (HSED-EL) is a 16-week HSED program designed specifically for English learners of any language background who are seeking a secondary credential.

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