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ESL: English as a Second Language - Summer

Learn more about the differences between the credit and non-credit ESL courses Oakton offers.

Continue to improve your English speaking, reading, and writing skills. Daytime and evening classes are available. Students are to register in person only on the date shown for each location. Call 847-635-1426 for more information.

Free ESL Classes
Evening Classes

Beginning to Advanced ESL

Beginning to Intermediate ESL

Daytime Classes

Beginning to Advanced ESL

Beginning to Intermediate ESL

Intermediate to Advanced ESL

Low-cost Tuition ESL Classes

Computer Lab for ESL, Literacy, and GED Students


Free ESL Classes*

About the ESL Program:

• Designed for adults 16 years and older whose native language is not English
• Teaches listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills;
• Introduces students to American culture;
• Offered free to students through Title II of the Workforce Investment Act as administered by the Illinois Community College Board.
*ESL classes are not intended for tourists, but for those who have come to the U.S.A to live.

Au Pairs
Per ICCB (Illinois Community College Board) regulations, au pairs are required to take post-secondary classes and cannot enroll in Oakton’s free ESL classes. They may, however, enroll in the College’s low-cost tuition classes.

Course Information:

• Students may be admitted until registration cut-off date; if space is available
• College-bound or advanced ESL students should call 847-635-1821 to see if they have sufficient English skills to take college classes.

Counseling and Registration:

• Students must bring identification and Social Security number, if available
• Admission to free ESL classes is only available to students who register in person
• Special registration dates are listed below.

Note: Tuition fees are subject to changes in State funding.

Oakton Community College is committed to equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities. To request disability accommodations, contact Theresa O’Sullivan at 847.635.1759.

*Free classes are funded by the Illinois Community College Board.  In compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment), approximately 37 percent of the adult education program is federally funded.

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Evening Classes


Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, June 30, 6-9:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: July 1 and 2 , 6-9:15 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6-9:15 pm
First Class: Wednesday, July 1, 6-9:15 pm

Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 West Pratt Avenue, Lincolnwood
Registration: Tuesday, June 30, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, July 14th, 6-8:45 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class: Tuesday, July 7, 6-8:45 pm

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Daytime Classes


Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Friday, June 26, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays, July 7 and 10, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, July 3, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus
7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie
Monday, May 18, 9 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: May 20, 21, 9 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-12:30 pm (and on one Friday: 5/22)
First Class: Tuesday, May 19, 9 am-12:30 pm

Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus
1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines
Monday, May 18, 9 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: May 20 and May 21, 9 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-12:30 pm (and 1 Friday on 5/22)
First Class: Tuesday, May 19, 9 am-12:30 pm

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Citizenship Education Classes

CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION             No fee required
Instruction in U.S. history and government to prepare for the citizenship examination.
HIS A15-101, SKL, 9 Fri., 7/10, 6-8:45 pm

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Low-cost Tuition ESL Classes

General Description:
Classes focus on meeting special needs or developing a specific skill. They supplement the free ESL classes. Classes are designed for students who are at an intermediate or advanced level.

Tuition fees are subject to change. You may register by mail or in person. Please register before the first day of class. Unlike free ESL classes, tuition-charged classes close after the second class. For information, call 847-635-1426.

Processing Fee:
Registrants, including seniors, will be charged an $8 non-refundable processing fee at the time of each registration. However  , students who register online at Oakton's Web site will only be charged once per semester for an unlimited number of classes. Those registering in person, by mail, or fax, will be charged an $8 fee with each registration form.

Tuition fees are subject to changes in State funding.

Fee: $119 (10 sessions)
For intermediate ESL students. Improve listening and speaking skills to function more effectively in business and social situations. Expand your understanding of cultural differences.
COM A50-101, OC/SK, Tue., 6/23, 9-11:45 am              CRN 50132
Registration: Tue, 6/16, 9 am-12 pm
COM A50-102, OC/SK, Tue., 6/23, 6:45-9:30 pm           CRN 50133
Registration: Tue., 6/16, 6:45-9:30 pm

WRITING SKILLS                                
Fee: $119 (10 sessions)
For intermediate ESL students who have basic English literacy. Develop skill in writing for information, making complaints, and requesting refunds. Get help in understanding and answering business and social letters.
COM A53-101, OC/SK, Wed., 6/24, 6:45-9:30 pm          CRN 50134
COM A53-102, OC/SK, Wed., 6/24, 9-11:45 am             CRN 50135

INTENSIVE ESL                     Fee: Listed with section (below)
Classes meet three times each week and provide an opportunity for students at a high intermediate level to develop extensive language skills. Pre-registration and placement test are required. Call 847.635.1426 to schedule a test date.
COM A19-101, OC/SK, Tue./Wed./Thu., 6/9, 12:40-3:20 pm, $199 (18 sessions)
COM A19-102, OC/SK, Tue./Wed./Thu., 7/22, 12:40-3:20 pm, $149 (11 sessions)

INTENSIVE GRAMMAR REVIEW         Fee: $119 (10 sessions)
For intermediate speakers of ESL. Learn to speak and write better by improving your knowledge of English grammar.
COM A70-101, OC/SK, Mon., 6/22, 6:45-9:30 pm          CRN 50136

TOEFL PREP SEMINAR                       Fee: $149 (10 sessions)
Colleges and professional accrediting agencies require that non-native speakers pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Prepare for the TOEFL with timed practice on similar tests. Become familiar with test formats and language problems encountered by other non-native speakers.
COM A45-101, OC/SK, Thu, 6/11, 6:45-9:30 pm            CRN 50130
COM A45-102, OC/SK, Mon., 6/15, 12:15-3:00 pm        CRN 50131

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Computer Lab for ESL, Literacy, and GED Students

Open only to students enrolled in Oakton’s free ESL, Literacy, GED, and Bridges classes. Practice English or Math skills on the computer with the help of an instructor. Nine seats available on a first come/first served basis.

Location: Oakton Community College, Room A210, Skokie

Days and times: Mondays/Wednesdays, 9:30 am-2:30 pm; Tuesdays, 6:30-9 pm

Availability Dates: July 1 to August 24, 2015

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Online Flexible Registration System
Register using our online Flexible Registration system with its shopping cart functionality. The online registration system serves as a convenient method to search, register, and pay for classes. Visit our How to Register page and find out more.

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