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ESL: English as a Second Language - Fall


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

Daytime Classes

Beginning to Advanced ESL

Beginning to Intermediate 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


ALL LEVELS - BEGINNING TO ADVANCED

Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 6:30-9:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room S-108, 6:30-9:15 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-9:15 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 10

Glenbrook South High School
4000 Lake Avenue, Glenview
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 6:45-9:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 199, 6:45-9:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 10

Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 West Pratt Avenue, Lincolnwood
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 6-8:45 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 10

Maine East High School
Potter at Dempster Street, Park Ridge
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 6:45-9:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 330, 6:45-9:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 15

Maine West High School
1755 South Wolf, Des Plaines
Registration: Wednesday, September 9, 6:45-9:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, Room C211, 6:45-9:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Monday, September 14

Niles West High School
5701 Oakton Street, Skokie
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 6:45-9:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 2199, 6:45-9:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 10

Niles North High School
9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie
(West of Old Orchard Shopping Center)
Registration: Wednesday, September 9, 6:45-9:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, Room 2065, 6:45-9:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 16


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Daytime Classes


BEGINNING TO ADVANCED ESL

Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Friday, September 11

First Congregational Church
766 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 8:50-11:30 am
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 8:50-11:30 am
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:50-11:30 am
First Class: Thursday, September 10

Niles Community Church
7401 Oakton Street, Niles
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 12:20-3 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 12:20-3 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:20-3 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 10

Oakton Community College
7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Room B110, Skokie
Registration: Friday, September 4, 9 am-12:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: Fridays only, 9 am-12:15 pm
Class Meets: Fridays, 9 am-12:15 pm
First Class: Friday, September 11

BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE ESL

District 65 - Family Center
Joseph E. Hill Administration Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston
Registration and First Class: Tuesday, September 8, 9:15-12 am
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 9:15 a.m.-12 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15 a.m.-12 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 10

Rosemont Recreation Center
7128 Barry Street, Rosemont
Registration and First Class: Wednesday, September 9, 9 am-12 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 9 am-12 pm
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 am -12 pm
First Class: Monday, September 14

 

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Afternoon Classes

INTERMEDIATE ESL

Center for Professional Development
Old Orchard Mall, Skokie
Registration: Wednesday, September 9, 1-4 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 1-4 pm
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 16

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ESL

Family Focus
2010 Dewey Street, Evanston
Registration: Wednesday, September 9, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 16

District 65 - Family Center
Joseph E. Hill Administration Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, September 8, 12:15-3 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 12:15-3 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15-3 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 10

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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 A15-01, SKL, 9 Fri., 9/11, 6-8:45 pm
HIS A15-02, NPL, 9 Mon., 9/14, 6-8:30 pm
HIS A15-03, FOR, 11 Mon./Wed., 9/28, 6-8 pm
Note: To enroll in HIS A15-03, students must attend registration on 9/23, 6-8 pm.
HIS A15-04, OC/SK, 9 Sat., 9/26, 9:15 am-12 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.

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

INTENSIVE ESL                                                                Fee: $349
Classes meet four times per week. They allow students to develop both extensive language skills and cultural awareness. Class size is limited and students receive individualized attention at an intermediate level. (Pre-registration in-person is required. Call 847-635-1426 for pre-test dates).
COM A19-01, OC/SK, 10 Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., 9/8, 12:40-3:20 pm

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.
COM A45-01, OC/SK, 10 Sat., 9/19, 9-11:45 am            CRN 61125
COM A45-02, OC/SK, 10 Mon., 9/21, 9-11:45 am         CRN 61126
COM A45-03, OC/SK, 10 Tue., 9/22, 7-9:45 pm            CRN 61127

INTENSIVE GRAMMAR REVIEW                                Fee: $119
For intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Learn to speak and write better by improving your knowledge of English grammar.
COM A70-01, WFOO, 10 Mon., 9/28, 9:45 am-12:30 pm CRN 61130

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH PRACTICE                 Fee: $119
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 A50-01, OC/SK, 10 Sat., 9/26, 9-11:45 am            CRN 61128

IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION                          Fee: $149
Learn subtle differences between English and your native language. Improve your speaking skills so native American English speakers can understand you more easily.
COM A29-01, OC/DP, 13 Sat., 9/12, 9-11:45 am            CRN 61122

IDIOMS AND VOCABULARY BUILDING                 Fee: $119
For intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Develop your awareness of and skills in using common American idioms and idiomatic phrases.
COM A54-01, WFOO, 10 Wed., 9/23, 9:45 am-12:30 pm CRN 61129



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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 Campus
Days and times: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm and 6:30-9 pm; Tuesdays, 9:30 am-12 pm and 6:30-9 pm; Fridays, 12:30-2:30 pm
Availability Dates: Friday, September 4 to Friday, December 4, 2015

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Fall 2015 Registration Now Open

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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