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Academic English Language Program

The Academic English Language Program (AELP) is an intensive ESL program designed to help students prepare for success in future college-level coursework.

Frequently Asked Questions

What classes are offered in the AELP?

Classes are offered in Academic Reading, Academic Writing, and Academic Oral Communication. There are three levels of each course and a fourth level capstone course. Students are assessed at admission and placed at the appropriate level.

Who is eligible to enroll in the AELP?

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must meet minimum English proficiency requirements. Each applicant will complete ESL assessment to determine readiness for and placement in the program. International applicants and F1 visa holders are eligible to enroll but must apply through Heartland's international admission process.

What is the AELP schedule?

AELP classes generally meet for two hours twice a week. Classes are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters and daytime or evening hours may be available. Detailed class schedules will be shared at the time of application.

How much do AELP classes cost?

AELP classes are offered at no cost to district residents.  F1 visa holders and other international students will be charged tuition. Interested students are encouraged to contact us for more information about costs.

What is the application process?

Applicants are required to submit an application and complete intake assessment. Interested students should contact Kerry Urquizo to apply.

Kerry Urquizo, Coordinator of ESL Programs
Heartland Community College
Student Commons Building, 1000
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
(309) 268-8433

How does a student complete the AELP?

In order to successfully complete an AELP class, a student must meet minimum requirements as outlined in course syllabi. Regular attendance and class participation are expected. Students who successfully complete an AELP course may advance to higher level courses in the AELP sequence. Students may repeat courses if necessary.

The amount of time needed to complete the program will depend on a student's English proficiency at entrance as well as rate of progress while enrolled.