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ESL (English as a Second Language)

ESL (English as a Second Language)

The Language Lab offers many resources for ESL (English as a Second Language) students.

ESL Conversation

Come and practice speaking informal English in a comfortable, friendly environment. Free English conversation groups are held each semester at both the Des Plaines and Skokie Language Labs. Groups are not held when the college is closed or when classes are not in session.

Des Plaines - Fall 2015 Schedule, September 14 through December 3

Monday: 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Wednesday: 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Thursday: 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Skokie - Fall 2015 Schedule, September 14 through December 3

Monday: 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Tuesday: 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m.
Wednesday: 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

Please Note: Basic conversation skills in the language required.

Conversation Groups may need to be canceled depending on the needs of language classes. Call ahead for best results.

TOEFL Classes & Preparation Material

Are you preparing for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)? Consider taking a TOEFL PREP SEMINAR at Oakton! For more information, please contact Kenneth Mcquaig

TOEFL classes are enrolling now and will start soon:

TOEFL PREP SEMINAR                               Fee: $149
Passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of non-native speakers by colleges and professional accrediting agencies. Prepare for the TOEFL with timed practice on similar tests. Become familiar with test formats and language problems encountered by other non-native speakers.
OCC/Skokie Campus, 10 classes, Saturdays
starting 9/19/15, 9-11:45 am           
OCC/Skokie Campus, 10 classes, Mondays
starting 9/21/15 9-11:45 am        
OCC/Skokie Campus, 10 classes, Tuesdays
starting 9/22/15, 7-9:45 pm           

The Language Labs offer TOEFL preparation materials for on campus use, as well as limited assistance to Oakton credit or non-credit students preparing for the speaking section of the TOEFL. Contact the Language Lab for more information about these TOEFL preparation options.

ESL Materials

The Language Lab has a vast collection of ESL audio, print materials, and videos/DVDs to support English language learners. These materials cover a wide range of levels and topics, to assit with grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing and speaking. Materials are available on both campuses. Contact the Language Lab for a complete list of resources.

ESL Links

This list of ESL web sites offers tools to improve grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing, vocabulary and listening skills.

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Language Lab Locations

Des Plaines campus
Room 2446

Skokie campus
Room C132

Semester Hours

Fall & Spring

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Sunday

Note: the Language Lab closes for class visits as noted on the daily calendar

For more information about the Language Lab, please contact:
Beth Wrobel, Language Lab Coordinator