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Whether you speak little or no English, JCCC offers free English as a Second Language classes at your level.

ESL students working with an instructor in a classroom

There is a material fee. Classes fill quickly. No student is guaranteed a place in class.

ESL classes are available for:

  • Permanent Kansas residents.
  • Adults 18 years or older.
  • Adults with student or tourist visas are not eligible.

One of the requirements to become a citizen of the United States is the ability to read, write, understand and speak English. Enrollment in Johnson County Adult Education English as a Second Language classes is often the first step on the path of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Individuals with an advanced ability to read, write, understand and speak English can refer to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website for information about the U.S. naturalization process, requirements and procedures.

Separate citizenship classes are not offered with this program at this time.


Note that there are changes to this program to respond to COVID-19 restrictions and requirements.

  • Class space is very limited. We can’t accept as many students as previously.
  • Classes will be held online using Zoom. You will need to have the correct equipment to succeed in class.
    • Required equipment [Download a printable PDF of the Required Technology List]
      • A reliable internet connection
      • A desktop computer with a camera OR a laptop computer with a camera OR a tablet with a keyboard and a camera
      • A smart phone with a camera
      • A quiet room in your home where you can attend class and study.
    • If there is more than one student in the same house, each student must have their own equipment or each student must attend class at a different time.
  • Good attendance will be required.
  • You will be required to come to the West Park location in person in November and December to finish testing.
  • You must be able to attend classes consistently until December 10.
  • If you stop attending classes before December 10, you may not be readmitted for the spring session in January.
  • You will need to pay for books and pay a material fee.
  • Students in the same family can’t share books or equipment.
  • You must be in class on the first day of class.

Registration, Testing, Orientation and Technology Training

  • You will need to come to the West Park location to sign up for an appointment for a testing time.
  • While at the West Park center, everyone must wear masks the entire time and stay 6 feet apart.
  • You must sign up in person and each person must sign up themselves; you cannot sign up family or friends.
  • Do not bring children, friends or family to sign up or to testing.

Sign ups

  • Monday, August 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 18, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Sign ups may close early if all available spaces are filled.

Testing, Orientation and Training

You will need to come to the West Park location four times (three hours each time: 12 hours total) before classes begin to complete testing, orientation, to purchase books and to complete training for online classes.

For training for online classes, you will need to bring your equipment with you. If you miss a session, you will not be able to attend ESL classes until January.

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