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Academic English Language Program

The AELP is a higher-level English language program that is designed to help you prepare for college-level classes.

AELP offers Academic Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication courses. Other offered classes focus on how to acheive success on your college and career goals.

  • You'll receive grades from in-class assignments, homework and exams in your courses. If you pass a class, you advance to the next level. Once you pass the final level with a grade of C or better, you are able to enter college-level classes at Heartland. You can repeat courses if necessary.

Throughout the program, teachers and staff will help you set goals and plan for your next step. Most AELP students go on to complete college classes, certificates and degrees.

Class availability

AELP classes are offered during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Class Schedule

Heartland offers various daytime and evening AELP classes. Classes generally vary depending on class selection. Most students enroll in more than one class each semester.

Enrollment Requirements

  • AELP students must be 17 or older in age. Any student under the age of 18 will have to fill out a high school release form before attending classes.
  • AELP students must be be able to meet all English proficiency requirements to participate in the program.
  • AELP students eligibilty to take classes will also depend on your permanent address and your visa type if you are in the United States on a visa. If you have an international student visa (F1), you must apply through Heartland's international admission process.


U.S. citizens and other local residents may be eligible for tuition-free classes. For other students, tuition rates depend on your permanent address and your visa type if you are in the United States on a visa. Please contact us at 309-268-8180 for more details about your specific case.

Call us Today to Enroll!

To enroll in the Academic English Language Program (AELP), you will need to take an English proficiency test. Please contact us at 309-268-8180 to set up an appointment.

Childcare Options: You may contact the Child Development Lab on Heartland's campus at 309-268-8210 to learn more about your childcare options.

Contact Us

Heartland Community College
Student Commons Building, 1000
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

Para información en español: 309-268-8185.