Federal and state funds are granted to all Adult Learning Centers to provide free instruction in English language acquisition and citizenship skills. Instruction at some locations is designed for adults who have limited proficiency in the English language or whose native language is not English. Instructional emphasis is on listening and speaking as well as reading and writing.  Instruction is also designed for foreign-born adults who wish to become United States citizens. Persons completing this program are prepared to pursue citizenship through the prescribed Immigration and Naturalization Service process. 

At the Fargo Adult Learning Center, an Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program is available.  IELCE definition per WIOA: “Education services provided to English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, that enables such adults to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. Such services shall include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and may include workforce training.” 

See Adult Learning Center page - Assessments for assessments available for ESL students.

Should you not find what you need on this website, please contact the Adult Education Office at (701) 328-2393.  Our office is located on the 11th floor of the State Capitol Building: office hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.

English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education