English as a Second Language Program and Classes

Madison Community ESL (English as a Second Language)

Classes Start October 11 - December 15

Do you want to learn to speak English? Is communicating with your employer and children’s teachers difficult?

Join the Madison Community English as a Second Language (ESL) program. This class is for anyone who wants to learn English. We have a beginner and an advanced class.

Classes begin on October 11 and will be every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Madison High School, 800 NE 9th Street. Childcare is provided.

The class will focus on:

  • Helping you in your day to day activities (work, doctors, banks, stores)
  • Helping you prepare for job interviews
  • Helping you speak to your children’s teachers
  • Helping you read and write English

The environment will focus on respect and safety, so you will feel comfortable learning. Costs are affordable at $25 for the entire program. In some instances, this may be paid by your employer.

Email registration forms to kari@madisonworks.com. Call 256-0797 with questions.

Registration Forms:

Register today!!

LAIC starts ESL class to help Madison workforce Article courtesy of the Madison Daily Leader, published on October 23, 2015.


Why the ESL Program Is So Important to Our Community

The Madison community continues to become more diverse. Our businesses, schools, hospital, restaurants and stores are finding it increasingly difficult to communicate with non-English speaking residents and employees.

At the LAIC, we wanted to help these entities as well as make life easier for those who don’t speak English.

Madison did not previously have an ESL program and we recognized one was greatly needed. We reached out to the Department of Labor, Career Learning Center, Madison Central School District and Dakota State University for guidance and assistance. They were in full agreement a program was needed.

A Madison Community ESL board was established and board members include Jacy Fry, DSU International Programs; Jim Baltzer, Department of Labor and Regulation; Sandy Salley, Career Learning Center, Janel Guse, Madison Elementary Principal and Julie Gross, Lake Area Improvement Corporation.

Our mission is basic: “To provide English training for speakers of other languages in the Madison community and surrounding areas with the intention of improving communication for the school district and workforce while empowering non-English speaking community members and growing the success of the community as a whole.”

For more information about classes call 605-256-0797.

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