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.

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.