Milwaukee ESL Resources
Intensive English Programs
Marquette University does not offer a full-time intensive English language program. However, the following programs offer full-time study in English in the Milwaukee area. They typically prepare adults who are interested in increasing their English proficiency so that they can enter a U.S. university.
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Intensive English Program
Curtin Hall, Room 674, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: (414) 229-5757; Fax: (414) 229-6258
This program is open to international students as well as resident aliens, refugees, and U.S. citizens.
- Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute
19 N. Pickney St., Madison WI 53703
Phone: (608) 257-4300
WESLI has a strong tradition of excellence, and offers eight quality study programs for international students and professionals. The campus is in the heart of beautiful downtown Madison, Wisconsin, rated as one of the best cities to live and study in the U.S.
- MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College) ESL
Downtown Campus - By Appointment Only
This program has six levels of English instruction ranging from beginners to advanced. They have classes offered during the day, evenings, and Saturday mornings offered at 4 different campus locations throughout the Milwaukee area.
Milwaukee Public Library
- Milwaukee Public Library—Central Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Phone: (414) 286-3000
The Milwaukee Public Library has many ESL books and audio-visual resources that you can borrow once you get a library card. To obtain a library card, you will need to provide two forms of identification (driver’s license, utility bill, recently postmarked mail, etc.) showing your name and current address in Milwaukee County.
Community-based ESL Tutoring Services
These community-based organizations generally offer one-on-one or small group tutoring to adults who are learning English. They help adults improve their English literacy skills so that they can function better within American society. The services are usually free or cost a small fee.
- International Learning Center (formerly Indochinese Learning Center)
639 N. 25th St.
Adults; serve mostly non-literate refugees but accept other students; focus on communication & life skills; also citizenship and family literacy programs; daytime and some evening hours
- Literacy Services of Wisconsin
555 N. Plankinton Ave.
One-on-one tutoring: one or more 90-minute session(s) per week, scheduled according to student needs and tutor availability; small group or classroom with an instructor; learning labs: guided independent study; drop-in tutoring
- S.O.S. Center
4620 W. North Ave.
Ages 5-Adult; mostly Hmong immigrants but all are accepted