English Language Learners

Blackhawk Technical College provides English Language Learning (ELL) classes and labs for students who wish to develop more proficient English skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These classes are offered at various times and campuses and students can join most classes at any time.

The ELL program is open to students of all levels of proficiency. These classes are offered at no charge; however, nominal material fees may be charged. In order to be eligible, students must be at least 18 ½ years of age and live in Rock or Green County. Haz clic aquí para ver información sobre las clases en español.

What are my options?

classroom of adult ELL students

Adult Day ELL Classes

Classes at beginning, low, and high intermediate levels are available during the day. For more information, contact (608) 757-7666.

4-7 p.m. Mondays: Monroe Campus, 210 Fourth Ave., Monroe, WI 53566


9 a.m. — 12 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday: Central Campus, 6004 S County Road G, Janesville, WI 53546

Family ELL Classes

two female students with their daughters

This program is designed to increase the literacy level of the whole family. Learn more about the program and eligibility requirements or contact Cindy Laube at (608) 361-1905 or by email at to get started.

Schedule: Monday through Friday: 8:15 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

Location: Beloit Even Start — Brother Dutton School
717 Hackett Street, Beloit, WI 53511

About the Even Start Program

We offer a comprehensive family literacy program called Even Start. The program is designed to increase the literacy level of the whole family and is comprised of four components:

Component 1: Adult Education

  • Classes for parents in English Language Learning (ELL).
  • Individualized and small group instruction in math, communication skills, employability, civics, and more.
  • Assistance with transition to post-secondary education.

Component 2: Early Childhood Education

  • Emergent literacy and school readiness activities.
  • Developmental and school readiness screenings for children.
  • Service coordination with Head Start, Pre-K and elementary schools.

Component 3: Parent Time

  • Information to help parents support their child's learning.
  • Connections to additional community resources.
  • Problem-solving to help remove barriers to program participation.

Component 4: Interactive Literacy Activities

  • On-site literacy activities between parents and children facilitated by program staff.
  • Transition to home activities and materials to support learning in the home.
  • Family enrichment activities and events outside program hours during the year.

While parents are in an adult education classroom learning English, children are in a separate, on-site early-learning environment that fosters the development of early literacy skills. Information acquired during parent time can be applied during interactive literacy activities that take place between parents and children during program hours.

Program Eligibility

All Even Start services are free-of-charge to eligible families. Criteria for family eligibility include:

  • At least one parent with a need to improve English through English Language Learning classes
  • At least one child under the age of five
  • Household income at or below poverty level
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