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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

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.
*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, IL
Registration
: Tuesday, September 2, 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 4

Glenbrook South High School
4000 Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025
Registration: Tuesday, September 2, 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 4

Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60046
Registration: Tuesday, August 26, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 6-8:45 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday, 6:00-8:45 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 2

Maine East High School
Potter at Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Registration: Tuesday, September 2, 6:45-9:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 330, 6:45-9:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 4

Maine West High School
1755 South Wolf, Des Plaines, IL 60018
Registration: Wednesday, September 3, 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 8

Niles West High School
5701 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Registration: Tuesday, September 2, 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 4

Niles North High School
9800 Lawler Avenue, (West of Old Orchard Shopping Center)
Registration: Wednesday, September 3, 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: Monday, September 8

Family Focus
2010 Dewey St., Evanston
Registration: Wednesday, September 3, 6-8 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 6-8 pm
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6-8 pm
First Class: Monday, September 8

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Daytime Classes



BEGINNING TO ADVANCED ESL


Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL
Registration: Tuesday, September 2, 10 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 10 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Friday, 10 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Friday, September 5

First Congregational Church
766 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines, IL
Registration: Tuesday, September 2, 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 4

Niles Community Church
7401 Oakton Street, Niles, IL
Registration: Tuesday, September 2, 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 4

Oakton Community College
7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, Room B110, Skokie, IL
Registration: Friday, August 22, 9am-12:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: Fridays only, 9am-12:15 pm
Class Meets: Fridays, 9am-12:15 pm
First Class: Friday, September 5


BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE ESL


District 65 - Family Center
Joseph E. Hill Administration Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston, IL
Registration : Tuesday, September 2, 9 -11 am
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 9:30 am -12 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 am -12 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 4

Niles Township Schools, ELL Parent Center
9440 N. Kenton, Skokie, IL
Registration: Saturday, August 30, 9:15 am-12 pm
Ongoing Registration: Saturday, 9:15 am-12 pm
Class Meets: Saturday, 9:15 am -12 pm
First Class: Saturday, September 6

Rosemont Recreation Center
7128 Barry Street, Rosemont, IL
Registration and First Class: Monday, September 3, 9 - 11 am
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 9 - 11 am
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 - 11 am
First Class: Monday, September 8


Afternoon Classes



BEGINNING  ESL


Rosemont Recreation Center
7128 Barry Street, Rosemont, IL
Registration and First Class: Tuesday, September 2, 1 - 3 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 1 - 3 pm
Class Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 - 3 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 4



INTERMEDIATE ESL


Center for Professional Development
Old Orchard Mall, Skokie, IL
Registration: Wednesday, September 3, 1:30-4 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 1:30-4 pm
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-4 pm
First Class: Monday, September 8



INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ESL


Family Focus
2010 Dewey St., Evanston, IL
Registration: Wednesday, September 3, 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: Monday, September 8

District 65 - Family Center
Joseph E. Hill Administration Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston, IL
Registration: Tuesday, September 2, 12:30-3 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 12:30-3 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-3 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 4


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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., 9/5, 6-8:45 pm
HIS A15-02, NPL, 9 Mon, 9/8, 6-8:30 pm
HIS A15-03, NPL, 9 Mon, 9/8, 9:30 am-12 pm
HIS A15-04, FOR, 11 Mon./Wed., Registration: 9/24, 6-8 pm
HIS A15-05, OC/SK, 9 Sat, 9/27, 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.

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, 9 Mon-Thu., 9/15, 12:40-3:20 pm
COM A19-02, OC/DP, 9 Mon-Thu., 9/15, 2:30-5:30 pm

INTENSIVE GRAMMAR REVIEW I    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, 8 Mon, 10/6, 9:45 am – 12:30 pm

TOEFL PREP SEMINAR                            Fee: $149 (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 A45-01, OC/SK, 9 Sat., 9/27, 9:20 am -12:20 pm
COM A45-02, OC/SK, 9 Mon., 9/29, 9:20 am -12:20 pm
COM A45-03, OC/SK, 9 Tue., 9/30, 6:45 - 9:45 pm

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, 8 Sat., 10/4, 9:15 am - 12 pm

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/SK, 11 Wed., 9/10, 6:45-9:30 pm
COM A29-02, OC/DP, 11 Sat., 9/13, 9 am-11:45 am

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, 8 Wed., 10/1, 9:45 am-12:30 pm

COMPOSITION FOR INTERMEDIATE
ESL STUDENTS                                                     Fee: $119
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, 8 Fri., 10/3, 10 am - 12:45 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 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, August 29 - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Introduction to Spanish for Health Care Workers Age 50 and Over

Learn how to converse with Spanish-speaking patients and guests in any health care setting.

Wednesdays, September 3 - November 5

Space is limited! Register by August 22 and take advantage of a $79 reduced fee. (After August 22, fee is $100)

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.

Offered through the American Association of Community Colleges Plus 50 Encore Completion Program.