ESL: English as a Second Language
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.
About the ESL Program:
- Designed for adults 17 years and older whose native language is not English
- Teaches listening, speaking, reading, writing, and conversation skills;
- Introduces students to U.S. culture;
- Offered free to students through Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity 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.
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.
- 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.
- Children are not permitted to attend registration or classes.
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.
BEGINNING – ADVANCED ESL
Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Thursday, June 29, 6-9:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: July 5 and July 6, 6-8:15 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6-9:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, July 5, 6-9:30 pm
Niles Public Library
6960 Oakton Street, Niles
Registration: Thursday, August 24, 6-7:45 p.m.
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 6-7:45 p.m.
Class Meets: Tuesday/Thursday, 6-8:45 p.m.
First Class: Tuesday, August 29
BEGINNING - HIGH BEGINNING ESL
Maryville Academy (Ziggy Building)
1150 North River Road, Des Plaines (Enter from Central Road)
Registration: Wednesday, July 5, 6-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays, 6-8:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6-8:30 pm
First Class: Monday, July 10, 6-8:30 pm
BEGINNING TO ADVANCED ESL
Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Friday, August 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Class Meets: Tuesday/Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
First Class: Tuesday, August 29
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., 7/7, 6-8:45 pm
HIS A15-102, DPL, 9 Mon., 7/10, 6-8:30 pm
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.
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.
Textbooks will be available for purchase at the first class session for cash only.
Note: Tuition fees are subject to changes in State funding.
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. No class 7/4.
COM A50-101, OC/SK, 11 Tue., 6/13, 9 am-12 pm CRN 50005
Registration: Tue, 6/6, 9 am-12 pm
COM A50-102, OC/SK, 11 Tue., 6/13, 6:30-9:30 pm CRN 50006
Registration: Tue., 6/6, 6:30-9 pm
PRACTICAL READING AND WRITING SKILLS Fee: $149
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, 11 Wed., 6/21, 6:30-9:30 pm CRN 50007
Registration: Wed., 6/14, 6:30-9 pm
COM A53-102, OC/SK, 11 Wed., 6/21, 9 am-12 pm CRN 50008
Registration: Wed., 6/14, 9 am-12 pm
INTENSIVE ESL Fee: $199
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. No class 7/4.
COM A19-101, OC/SK, 17 Tue./Wed./Thu., 6/6, 12:40-3:20 pm
COM A19-102, OC/SK, 17 Tue./Wed./Thu., 7/19, 12:40-3:20 pm
INTENSIVE GRAMMAR REVIEW Fee: $149
For intermediate speakers of ESL. Learn to speak and write better by improving your knowledge of English grammar.
COM A70-101, OC/SK, 11 Mon., 6/19, 6:30-9:30 pm CRN 50010
Registration: Monday, 6/12, 6:30-9 pm
IDIOMS AND VOCABULARY BUILDING Fee: $149
For intermediate speakers of ESL. Develop your awareness of and skills in using common American idioms and idiomatic phrases.
COM A54-101, OC/SK, 11 Mon., 6/19, 9 am-12 pm CRN 50009
Registration: Monday, 6/12, 9 am-12 pm
TOEFL PREP SEMINAR Fee: $169
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, 11 Mon, 6/12, 12-3 pm CRN 50003
COM A45-102, OC/SK, 11 Thu., 6/15, 6:30-9:30 pm CRN 50004
IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION Fee: $169
For intermediate speakers of ESL. Learn subtle differences between English and your native language. Improve your speaking skills so native American English speakers can understand you more easily.
COM A29-101, OC/DP, 11 Thu., 6/22, 9 am-12:15 pm CRN 50924
Registration: Thursday, 6/15, 9 am-12 pm
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, 6:30-9 p.m.
Availability Dates: July 5 - August 28, 2017