Adult Education

English Language Learners

Adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are free and offered at a variety of times and days across Arkansas.

Arkansas adult education centers and literacy councils provide instruction for beginners to advanced adult English language learners. Students can receive instruction in speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, citizenship, and workplace language skills designed to accommodate any language ability. Programs can also assist students with high school equivalency degrees and post-secondary preparation.

Each adult education center and literacy council has unique programs, events, and schedules to address the local needs of the students. Classes are open enrollment so students can join classes at any time. Programs may offer one on one tutoring, small groups, and large classes in addition to Distance Learning opportunities. Students are assessed with standardized tests to see their progress and address their needs. Program staff and instructors are trained to assist students with their educational, employment, and language goals.

With improved language skills, students can access community resources, improve employment opportunities, or enroll in college or vocational training programs in addition to having a greater voice and involvement in their community.

ESL Instructors/Directors

The Division of Workforce Services, Adult Education holds trainings and an annual English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute for teachers of adult ESL learners.

Any interested teachers should contact:

Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center (AALRC)
Email: info@aalrc.org
Phone: 501-907-2490

For questions regarding ESL program content and development, contact:

Wendy Kittler
Email: wendy.kittler@arkansas.gov
Phone: 501-682-1973

Resources:

ESL Curriculum Guidelines
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Literacy Information and Communications System

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FROM THE ARKANSAS DIVISION OF WORKFORCE SERVICES​

Unemployment claims

To file an unemployment claim, please visit EZARC.ADWS.Arkansas.gov. Questions about unemployment insurance claims may be directed to the UI Hotline: 1-844-908-2178.

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1099s

If you received unemployment insurance benefits during the year 2022, you need a 1099 form to file your income tax return. The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services will mail 1099s by January 31, 2023, to the address on file as of January 17, 2023. If you do not receive your 1099 in the mail by February 12, 2023, you may call the UI Hotline to be sure we have the correct address on file. 1099s will not be mailed to updated addresses prior to February 12, 2023. UI Hotline: 1-844-908-2178 Read more here.

ADWS provides interpretation and translation services, at no cost, for clients who need assistance in accessing and participating in available services and programs. To request an interpreter or translator, please contact your nearest local office. 

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