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ESL Students


English as a Second Language


ESL Courses

Beginning ESL

For students who have little or no knowledge of English. Teaches students to speak, read and write using basic vocabulary to describe themselves and their environment.

Intermediate ESL

For students who can speak and write about themselves and their environment using basic vocabulary and structures. They will expand their vocabulary and knowledge of structures and practice using them in everyday situations.

Advanced ESL

Students will strengthen and refine their use of structures learned previously and learn new structures and vocabulary. Students will practice conversation, listening comprehension, reading for meaning, and paragraph writing.

Note: These courses do not apply to any associate degree or career certificate program.

Important Notice

Seats are assigned on the basis of students' test scores and class availability; taking the placement test does not guarantee a seat in a class.

How to Get Started

English as a Second Language classes provide language instruction to adults whose native language is not English. Scores on the ESL placement test will determine the student's level.

1. Know your 7-digit CLC ID

Students need their 7-digit CLC Student ID in order to request a placement test appointment.

I need a CLC ID.

First-time students coming to the College of Lake County must complete the Student Admission Form online or in person to obtain a CLC Student ID. If you need assistance completing this form, please contact the office of Admissions and Records.

I forgot my CLC ID.

Your CLC ID (e.g. student ID) is the 7-digit ID assigned to you after your admission to CLC. You can find your CLC ID on your welcome letter or any prior class schedule. If you still need assistance, please contact the office of Admissions and Records.

I know my CLC ID.

Proceed to step 2 below.

2. Attend Adult Education orientation

Please call (847) 543-2445 to reserve your seat.

3. Request a Placement Test Appointment

There are 3 ways to request a placement test appointment:


ESL Courses

Contact the Adult Basic Education, GED & ESL Division.

Accelerating Opportunity

The Accelerating Opportunity program provides ESL and GED students Adult Education assistance while taking classes toward earning a career certificate.

For Current Students

Priority registration should be used by students who are currently attending classes and would like to enroll for the following semester. Once we verify this information, your request will be confirmed.


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