English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Free English Language Acquisition (ELA; formerly ESL) classes for non-native speakers are available for all proficiency levels. These classes help beginning, intermediate and advanced students improve English skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding (listening). The classes are directed at improving English conversational skills for home and workplace literacy.

New students are required to register and attend orientation before attending classes. An initial assessment is provided for placement in the appropriate English proficiency level.

Special Interest Classes

To enroll in a Special Interest Class a student must be currently enrolled in an English Language Acquisition class.

Computer Classes

English Language Acquisition software applications provide supplemental ELA lessons and practice for all English proficiency levels. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) practice is also available in this class.

TOEFL Classes

Advanced international students who wish to continue their education at the post-secondary level may be required to take the TOEFL to evaluate their potential success at the college level. Colleges and universities consider only the most recent TOEFL score within a two-year period. The TOEFL may also be desired in select occupations. Students can improve speaking, reading and writing skills, and can take TOEFL practice tests.

Get to Know the USA: The Road to Citizenship

This class offers an overview of the history, geography, customs, traditions, holidays, parts and functions of the U.S. government and general life in the U.S. to all levels of ELA students. Students will improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills while exploring the USA. The instructor addresses the 100 questions on the U.S. Citizenship Test and prepares prospective citizens to take the test in the future. This specialty class covers all aspects of the process of naturalization – eligibility requirements, needed documents, application forms and mock interviews with test practice.

To enroll, new students must attend the ELA registration and orientation session before the first “Get to Know the USA: The Road to Citizenship” class. This is altogether a new look at U.S. Citizenship – a cultural discovery of the USA! For more information, contact SCC AEL at 636-922-8411.

See the ELA non-credit class schedule for locations and class times.

Student Recognition Ceremony

Outstanding students are recognized at an annual Student Recognition Ceremony. For more information, call St. Charles Community College at 636-922-8411.

ESL Classes for College Credit

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also available for college credit for those who intend to pursue academic interests.

For information about ESL credit classes, call 636-922-8574.

Success Story

Office Info

Office Hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Office Location

Learning Resource Center (LRC)
Room 209

Office Phone Number



Amanda Rose
Associate Dean of Adult Education & Literacy

Patty Boxdorfer
AEL Coordinator

Ingrid Casillo
AEL Lead Teacher

Shirley Berryman
AEL Lead Teacher

Jeanette Boria
Project Coordinator

Sonja Mugler
Administrative Secretary 

Eileen Rich
Office Assistant