ESL: English as a Second Language - Spring


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

Continue to improve your English speaking, reading, and writing skills. Day 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

Daytime Classes

Low-cost Tuition ESL Classes

Computer Lab for ESL, Literacy, and GED Students



 

Free ESL Classes*

About the ESL Program:

  • Designed for adults 17 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 for tourists, but for those who have come to the U.S. to live.

Au Pairs
Per Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) 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 Teresa 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, January 10, 6:30-8:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room S104, 6:30-8:15 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-9:15 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 12

Glenbrook South High School
4000 Lake Avenue, Glenview
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 199, 6:45-8:30 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 12

Niles Public Library
6960 West Oakton, Niles
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 6-7:45 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 6-7:45 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 12

Maine East High School
2601 W. Dempster, Park Ridge
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 330, 6:45-8:30 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 12

Maine West High School
1755 South Wolf, Des Plaines
Registration: Monday, January 9, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, Room C211, 6:45-8:30 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, January 11

Niles West High School
5701 Oakton Street, Skokie
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 2199, 6:45-8:30 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 12

Niles North High School
9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie (West of Old Orchard Shopping Center)
Registration: Monday, January 9, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, Room 2025, 6:45-8:30 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, January 11

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Daytime Classes


BEGINNING TO ADVANCED ESL

BEGINNING ESL

Rosemont Recreation Center
7128 Barry Street, Rosemont
Registration: Wednesday, January 18, 9-11 am
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 9 am-12 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 9 am-12 pm
First Class: Monday, January 23

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED ESL

Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 9:30-11:30 am
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 9:30-11:30 am (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, January 17

First Congregational Church
766 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 8:50-11:30 am
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 8:50-10:30 am (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:50-11:30 am
First Class: Thursday, January 12

Niles Community Church
7401 Oakton Street, Niles
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 12:20-2 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 12:20-2 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:20-3 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 12

Oakton Community College
7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, Room B111, Skokie
Registration: Friday, January 6, 9 -11:15 am
Ongoing Registration: Fridays only, 9 -11:15 am (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Fridays, 9 am-12:15 pm
First Class: Friday, January 13

BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE ESL

District 65 - Family Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 9:30-11 am
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 9:30-11 am (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 am - 12 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 12

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ESL

District 65 - Family Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, January 10, 12:30-2 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 12:30-2 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-3 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 12

Family Focus
2010 Dewey Street, Evanston
Registration: Monday, January 9, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 9:30 am-12:30 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, January 11

Oakton Community College
7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, Room B111, Skokie
Registration: Monday, January 9, 1-3 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 1-3 pm (Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 1-4 pm
First Class: Wednesday, January 11

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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. No class 1/16, 2/20, 3/27, 3/29.
HIS A15-01, SKL, 9 Fri., 1/13, 6-8:45 pm; Registration: 1/6, 6-7:45 pm
HIS A15-02, NPL, 9 Mon., 1/16, 6-8:30 pm; Registration: 1/9, 6-7:30 pm
HIS A15-03, ELC, 11 Mon./Wed., 1/23, 6-8 pm; Registration: 1/18, 6-7 pm
HIS A15-04, OC/SK, 9 Sat.,1/14, 9:15 am-12 pm; Registration:1/7, 9:15-11 am
HIS A15-10, SKL, 9 Fri., 3/17, 6-8:45 pm
HIS A15-20, NPL, 9 Mon. 3/20 6-8:30 pm
HIS A15-30, ELC, 11 Mon./Wed. 3/27, 6-8 pm
HIS A15-40, OC/SK, 9 Sat., 3/18, 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 a $9 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 a $9 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. No class 1/16, 2/20, 5/29/17.
COM A19-01, OC/SK, 11 Mon.-Thu., 1/9, 12:40-3:20 pm
COM A19-10, OC/SK, 11 Mon.-Thu., 3/23, 12:40-3:20 pm

INTENSIVE GRAMMAR REVIEW I  Fee: $149
For intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Learn to speak and write better by improving your knowledge of English grammar. Class meets at Westfield Old Orchard Mall (next to Mario Tricocci Salon), 4999 Old Orchard Center, Suite E2, Skokie. No class 3/20.
COM A70-01, WFOO, 10 Mon., 1/23, 9:45 am-12:30 pm CRN 40099

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 Tue., 1/17, 6:45-9:30 pm CRN 40093
COM A45-02, OC/SK, 10 Sat., 1/21, 9 am-11:45 pm CRN 40094
COM A45-20, OC/SK, 10 Tue., 4/4, 6:45-9:30 pm CRN 40095

IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION  Fee: $169
Learn subtle differences between English and your native language. Improve your speaking skills so native American English speakers can understand you more easily. No class 3/25.
COM A29-01, OC/DP, 13 Sat., 2/4, 9 am-11:45 pm CRN 40090

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH PRACTICE  Fee: $149
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 A50-30, OC/SK, 10 Sat., 2/4, 9-11:45 am CRN 40096

IDIOMS AND VOCABULARY BUILDING  Fee: $149
For intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Develop your awareness of and skills in using common American idioms and idiomatic phrases. Class meets at Westfield Old Orchard Mall (next to Mario Tricocci Salon), 4999 Old Orchard Center, Suite E2, Skokie. No class 3/22.
COM A54-01, WFOO, 10 Wed., 1/18, 9:45 am-12:30 pm CRN 40098

COMPOSITION FOR INTERMEDIATE ESL STUDENTS  Fee: $149
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 A61-01, OC/SK, 10 Wed., 1/25, 6:45-9:30 pm CRN 40097

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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 and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m.; Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m.
Availability Dates: January 18 - May 17

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