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Learn English

The primary goal of Fox Valley Technical College is student success. To be successful and safe in occupational programs, students must meet the minimum requirements for English language proficiency (high intermediate at minimum, with advanced level preferred). Students who do not meet these requirements are encouraged to work on their English language proficiency.

There are two options designed to meet the needs of adults whose native language is not English. Courses focus on reading, writing, speaking and career skills. 


English Language Learning (ELL) - Basic Skills classes are for Wisconsin residents only. If you have never taken English classes or are at a basic English level, this is the place to start. These non-credit classes will help you improve your English language skills, including career advancement and life skills vocabulary, and will help you prepare for the GED/HSED. The pace is slower and you'll progress on a weekly schedule. Classes are free for Wisconsin residents.

Wisconsin Resident Admission

Why Choose FVTC?

Friendly, personalized attention

On-campus advisor

Small class size

Safe and welcoming community

Field trips included

International/Multicultural organizations on campus

Benefits of Learning English With Us

Beginner, intermediate, advanced English levels

16-week sessions

September and January start dates

Academic classroom environment

TOEFL test not required to enter FVTC programs

TOEFL Preparation classes available

Earn English Language Competency Certificates

Continue on to courses that lead to a high school credential

How do I get started?

Applying for admission is the first step. If you are an international student, you can find additional information here:

International Student Admission


If you are interested in pursuing a college program or professional advancement, these Intensive English certificate programs will help you get there quickly. These credit courses allow you to pick your hours, choose your course of study and qualify for student VISA applicant status. Additional international course fees may apply. Contact us for a current cost estimate.

Learn More and Register

English Language Competency - Beginner

English Language Competency - Intermediate

English Language Competency - Advanced

New - Online Intensive English Program Courses

FVTC’s online, intensive English courses allow students in the United States and around the world the chance to study English online. Each online course focuses on specific skill areas: Listening & Speaking, Reading & Vocabulary, and Writing & Grammar. The courses are interactive and engaging to support students in strengthening their English language development. 

Intensive English Foundation

Intensive English Development

Intensive Academic English

Ready to learn more?
Contact FVTC at or 920-735-2443 to get started.