Moraine Valley Community College || ESL

English as a Second Language

The ESL faculty members will help non-native speakers of English develop basic interpersonal communication skills by fostering an environment in which effective language learning takes place. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated in a communicative approach curriculum, providing students the opportunity to practice and improve their English language proficiency throughout the six levels. The ESL department endeavors to assist students with the following level competencies:

Beginning: function in a very limited way in situations related to immediate needs; understand frequently used words in context and very simple phrases spoken slowly and with some repetition; communicate with great difficulty.

Intermediate: satisfy basic survival needs; participate in conversation in limited social situations; communicate with some hesitation, relying on description and concrete terms.

Advanced: understand and communicate in a variety of contexts related to daily life and work; show control of basic grammar; develop and utilize more complex structure.

Parents as Educational Partners: Moraine Valley partners with elementary and middle schools to provide English language instruction to ESL parents. The curriculum is based on school materials that parents need for their children's success.

Placement Testing and Registration

English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered for adult residents whose native language is not English. The college has classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level students. There is no tuition for ESL classes.

It is essential that all ESL students attending class at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, IL, take part in placement testing and registration. You must have a ticket in order to attend placement testing.

Please call our office at (708) 974-5340 for ticket and registration information.

Students who test out of ESL on the placement assessment have the option of enrolling in Adult Basic Education classes or the Intensive English Language program.

Citizenship Information

On Campus
Citizenship classes are designed for those students who are preparing to apply for the naturalization interview and exam. The course covers basic information on United States history and government as well as dictation practice. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for 12 weeks.

It is essential that all students who are interested in taking the citizenship course take part in placement testing and registration at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, IL.


For more information, contact the Adult Basic Education Office-Building B, Room B260 at (708) 974-5340.

Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website at for application information and forms.