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English as a Second Language

• Work on Reading, Writing and Oral skills
•  Five different levels of structured ESL classes
•  Use the School of Academic Advancement’s Learning Center for extra practice
•  Access to software like Focus on Grammar and Typing; participate in a Conversation group


Who can take ESL Classes at Madison College?

•  ESL classes at Madison College are offered to adults who are permanent residents of Wisconsin, refugees or US citizens. We do not provide classes to individuals who hold a temporary, non-immigrant U.S. visa, such as B, F, J or H.

• You must be 18 or older to take ESL Classes at Madison College


Getting Started

New Students
If you have never taken an ESL class at Madison College, you must attend an Orientation.  

Returning Students
Have you ever taken an ESL class at Madison College?  If so, you do not need to attend Orientation.  You will probably need to take the ESL test.  

Please contact our office!   We will look up your Student Account and tell you how to take the test and help you register for classes!


    608-258-2440, option 8

    Madison College Downtown
    211 N. Carroll Street, Room D209


When are classes offered?


Spring Semester SPRING REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
January 20 – May 15, 2015
Registration begins: December 10, 2014

Interim Session – Advanced ESL Students
June 1 – July 10
Registration begins:  March 31, 2015

Interim Schedule – Advanced ESL  
Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 11:50am
   OR
Monday – Thursday 6:30 – 8:50pm

Summer Session – ESL Levels 1 – 4 
June 22 – August 14
Registration begins:  May 6, 2015

Summer Schedule – ESL 1 – 4  
Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 11:20am
   OR
Monday – Thursday 5:30 – 8:20pm

Not sure what level you are?  Check out the information above in “Getting Started!” 

Do I need to register?
•  Yes!  Students must register to take a class!
•  New students will register at Orientation
•  Returning students (students who have taken a class before) may register if they have an updated ESL Test. Contact our office to see if you can register!