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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

Intermediate to Advanced 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.

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:

• Classes meet twice weekly for up to 2 2/3 hours over 20 weeks, day or evening
• Students may be admitted any time during the term 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
• College-bound or advanced ESL students should call 847-635-1821 to see if they have sufficient English skills to take college classes.
• 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



ALL LEVELS — BEGINNING TO ADVANCED

Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
Registration
: Monday, June 30, 6-9:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: July 1, 2 and 7 from 6-9:15 pm
Class Meets: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9:15 pm
First Class: Tuesday, July 1, 6-9:15 pm

Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 West Pratt Avenue, Lincolnwood
Registration: Tuesday, June 24, 6-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, July 1 - 22,  6-8:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday, 6-8:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, July 1, 6-8:30

CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION             No fee required
Instruction in U.S. history and government to prepare for the citizenship examination.
HIS A15-101, SKL, 9 Fri., 7/11, 6-8:45 pm


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Daytime Classes



BEGINNING TO ADVANCED ESL

Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Friday, June 27, 10 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesday, July 1 - 22, 10 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Friday, 10 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, July 1, 10 am-12:30 pm.

Oakton Community College, Ray Hartstein Campus
7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie
Registration: Monday, May 19, 9 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, May 20 & 21, 9 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday - Thursdays, 9 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, May 20, 9 am-12:30 pm.

Registration: Monday, July 21, 9 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Monday & Tuesday, July 28 & 29, 9 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday - Thursdays, 9 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Monday, July 28, 9am-12:30 pm.

Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus
1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines
Registration: Monday, May 19, 9 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, May 20 & 21, 9 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday - Thursdays, 9 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, May 20, 9 am-12:30 pm.

Registration: Monday, July 21, 9 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Monday & Tuesday, July 28 & 29, 9 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday - Thursdays, 9 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Monday, July 28, 9am-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., 7/5, 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.

Registration:
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.

INTENSIVE ESL                                              Fee listed with section
Classes meet three (3) times per 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 dates.
COM A19-101, OC/SK, 6 Tue/Wed/Thu., 6/10, 12:40-3:20 pm, $210
COM A19-102, OC/SK, 4 Tue/Wed/Thu., 7/23, 12:40-3:20 pm, $148

INTENSIVE GRAMMAR REVIEW I           Fee: $90 (8 sessions)
For intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Learn to speak and write better by improving your knowledge of English grammar.
COM A70-101, OC/SK, 8 Mon, 6/16, 7 – 9:45 pm

TOEFL PREP SEMINAR                               Fee: $120 (9 sessions)
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.
COM A45-101, OC/SK, 9 Thu., 6/12, 7-10 pm
COM A45-102, OC/SK, 9 Mon., 6/16, 12:15-3:15 pm

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH PRACTICE         Fee: $90 (7 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, 7 Tue., 7/8, 9 am - 12 pm
Registration: Tuesday, 7/1, 9 am-12 pm

COM A50-102, OC/SK, 7 Tues., 7/8, 7-10 pm
Registration: Tuesday, 7/1, 7-10 pm


COMPOSITION FOR INTERMEDIATE
ESL STUDENTS                                                             Fee: $90
Effective writing techniques through step-by-step exercises. Emphasis on developing paragraphs and essays. Course will help students prepare for the writing portion of the TOEFL exam. Textbook required.
COM A61-101, OC/SK, 8 Wed., 6/11, 7-9:45 pm

PRACTICAL READING AND
WRITING SKILLS                                                        Fee: $90 (7 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, 7 Wed, 7/9, 7-10 pm
Registration: Wed, 7/2, 7-10 pm

COM A53-102, OC/SK, 7 Wed, 7/9, 9 am-12 pm
Registration: Wed, 7/2, 9 am -12 pm

IDIOMS AND VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT                 Fee: $90 (9 sessions)
For intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Develop your awareness of and skills in using common American idioms and idiomatic phrases.
COM A54-31, WFOO, 9 Thu., 6/12, 6 - 9 pm


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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 (9) seats available on a first come/first served basis.

Location: Oakton Community College, Room A210, Skokie Campus

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

Availability dates: Monday, July 2-August 21, 2014

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Summer registration opens March 26; Spring registration is ongoing.

Youth STEM Summer Programs
Registration opens March 26.

Online Flexible Registration System

Register using our online "Flexible Registration" system; with its shopping cart functionality. The online registration system serves as a convenient and seamless method for searching, registering, and paying for classes. Visit our How to Register page today and find out more about our flexible registration system.