English as a Second Language
Learn English at WCTC
WCTC has many options for you to learn the English language. These classes can help you prepare for college classes taught in English and help you communicate at home, at work and in the community.
- College and Career Readiness: Take ESL classes to prepare for college and/or your future career.
- Preparation for Occupational Programs: Practice workplace communication and learn language related to the tools and terminology of your field.
- College Level: Take noncredit ESL courses to learn study skills and succeed in your academic program.
Choose an option below to learn more:
ESL Levels 1 – 6 (Beginning to Advanced)
- No cost
- Day and evening classes
- Listening/speaking, reading, writing/grammar
- Individual help and computer-assisted instruction
- Emphasis on functioning successfully in the community, workplace and higher education
Testing and Registration
- Testing and registration for new students is required.
- Call 262.695.6521 to place your name on the registration and testing list.
- Plan on spending three hours to complete the process.
- If classes are filled, we will add your name to a waiting list.
Get in Touch
Questions? We'd love to help! Submit your information using the form below, and a member of our team will be in touch.
Practice workplace communication, explore careers and take advantage of ESL instruction related to the tools and terminology of the field. Programs include healthcare, welding and nail technician.
These classes may only be offered one semester a year. Call 262.695.6521 for current course offerings.
WCTC offers noncredit college-level ESL courses at the Pewaukee Campus Student Enrichment Center for a small fee. These classes provide academic language skills and study skills to help you prepare for college classes and succeed in your studies.
These classes are geared for non-native speakers of English at the advanced level who are preparing for classes at WCTC or are already enrolled in credit courses or programs. A language assessment is required.
College ESL Classes
All fall 2020 classes are being held online via Zoom. Click a course title below to see the upcoming schedule.
College ESL Writing/Grammar Review (861-783)
- Review basic grammar; parts of speech; phrases; clauses; connecting ideas, sentence problems, word choice; subject-verb agreement; punctuation
- Write two descriptive paragraphs and two essays
- Learn about academic sources
- Cite and document sources using APA format
College ESL Reading/Study Skills (861-782)
- Read for information – predict, skim, scan, identify organizational patterns, find main ideas and details, make inferences, summarize, paraphrase
- Increase vocabulary
- Improve study skills
College ESL Speaking/Listening (861-784B)
- Interview and present information about campus resources
- Develop discussion techniques
- Improve speaking ability
- Improve listening comprehension
- Practice taking lecture notes
ESL Academic Pre-College Writing (861-772)
This is a prerequisite of College ESL Writing/Grammar Review.
- Review basic grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, spelling
- Write well-organized, logical paragraphs
- Learn to write for different purposes/types of information
- Develop a process for planning, organizing, drafting and editing a written assignment
- Know how to correctly format the page for computer-written assignments
ESL Pronunciation (861-110)
This is a two-credit course.
- Improve consonant and vowel sounds (i.e. wash v. watch or man v. men)
- Improve pronunciation of words with common word endings
- Learn common stress patterns (i.e. 50 v. 15)
- Improve one’s rhythm of English
- Learn how to group words together (i.e. Let’s eat, Grandma. v. Let’s eat Grandma.)
- Improve intonation (i.e. You lost your wallet. – statement or question)
ESL Center (861-785)
This is not a structured class. Work independently on personal learning goals and get extra practice to improve your language skills in:
- Reading and vocabulary
- Grammar and writing
- Conversational skills
You can visit the ESL Center to get help on assignments for your college-credit courses (i.e. English Composition).
How to Register
Follow these steps to register. After registering, call 262.691.5311 to schedule an appointment.
New! Foundational Learning
You can earn college credits and build career skills in one of our new Foundational Learning tracks. Take classes in Business, CNC Machining or Healthcare while also learning English as a second language. Abundant scholarship funding is available!