ESL students in class

Want to improve your English skills?

ESL is for or adults 18 and older whose first language is not English, SWCC’s Adult Education & Literacy Program offers tuition-free English classes at several sites in the region.

What will I learn?

Students will improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in a supportive, friendly environment. Participants also learn about U.S. culture, government, and the responsibilities and benefits of citizenship. The ultimate goal of ESL is to help students transition to high school equivalency completion, college education or training, and employment (or better employment).

What should I expect if I enroll?

Students will learn the details of the program and take an assessment in reading and listening. Assessment results will help determine your level of English skills and start you on your learning journey. 

Classes are offered at the following locations:

Town Location Phone Number
Creston SWCC Creston Campus
1501 W. Townline Street, Creston, IA
Room 212/214, Instructional Center
Osceola SWCC Osceola Center
 2520 College Dr., Osceola, IA
Red Oak SWCC Red Oak Center
 2300 4th St., Red Oak, IA

Please call the closest class site for the class schedule and orientation appointment.

How long will it take? 

The length of time it takes to learn a new language is different for each student depending on factors like, how much time you put into studying, how much you practice, and your class attendance. It can take students anywhere from three months to two years to learn English.

Class sessions are eight weeks and attendance is mandatory.  Students continue to enroll in sessions until they have mastered the English language. 

Have questions?

Contact Adult Education Success Center at 641.782.1305 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete this interest form and we will contact you.

How do I enroll?

Contact the nearest class site location.

Worksite ESL

SWCC’s AEL program also partners with local employers to offer ESL classes in the workplace. Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.