English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) is the use or study of English by speakers with different native languages. WCTC’s ESL courses are held at the College’s Waukesha Campus. By taking ESL classes, non-English-speaking students develop skills to communicate effectively at home, at work and in the community. It also prepares them for college-level coursework.

ESL: Basic Education (Waukesha campus)

Information about ESL Levels 1 – 6 (Beginning to Advanced)

  • No cost
  • Day and evening classes
  • Listening/Speaking, Reading, Writing/Grammar
  • Individual help and computer-assisted voice recognition instruction
  • Emphasis on functioning successfully in the community, workplace and higher education

Testing and Registration

  • Testing and registration for new students is required each semester.
  • Call 262.695.6500 to place your name on the registration and testing list.
  • Plan on spending three hours to complete the process.
  • Waiting lists are in effect when classes are filled.

ESL: Preparation for Occupational Programs

Some or all of these classes may only be offered one semester a year:


ESL students interested in entering the healthcare field can develop the pre-technical skills and basic skills need to enter the industry.

  • Learn more about becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant and other healthcare programs
  • Practice workplace communication
  • Get help with course and career selection
  • Take advantage of ESL instruction related to medical terminology and medical charts


ESL students can develop the pre-technical skills and basic skills needed to prepare for entering a Welding-related occupation.

  • Learn more about the specific occupation
  • Practice workplace communication, math skills, and other work-related skills
  • Get help with course and career selection
  • Take advantage of ESL instruction related to Welding vocabulary

ESL: Life in the United States

Civic Literacy

Through field trips and speakers, learn about the governmental and community-based institutions that are needed to function in American society.

  • Police and fire
  • Banking
  • Employment
  • Motor Vehicle Department
  • Health care
  • Voting, library and social service

U.S. Citizenship

Prepare to take the examination required by the Immigration and Naturalizing Service (INS) to become a United States citizen.

  • General introduction to significant dates, events and documents in US history
  • Identification of Americans who played an important role in establishing the country.
  • Overview of the development of the U.S. government
  • Explanation of the rights and responsibilities of individuals in the country.

ESL: College Level (Pewaukee campus)

College ESL is geared for advanced ESL students preparing for or already enrolled in WCTC classes. College ESL classes are offered at the Pewaukee Campus "Learning Place" for a small fee. A language assessment is required. After registering for the class, call 262.691.5318 to schedule an appointment.

College ESL classes

  • Reading/Study Skills
  • Writing/Grammar
  • Speaking/Listening
  • College ESL Open Lab