Choosing Noncredit or Credit Classes

Oakton offers both credit and noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

Which one is right for you?

Credit ESL is a tuition-based program. Credit ESL courses focus on academic and advanced preparation for college and university courses as well as workplace skills.

     • Skills: writing, reading, grammar, vocabulary, listening-speaking, vocabulary
     • Levels: Low-intermediate through advanced
     • Locations: Classes are held at the Skokie and Des Plaines campuses
     • Times: Morning, afternoon, evening, and some Saturday classes
     • Semesters: Classes are offered in spring, summer, and fall

For more information, contact the ESL Coordinator, Stacy Cameron at 847-376-7193 or scameron@oakton.edu.

 

Noncredit ESL offers two programs: the Free program, and the Low-cost Tuition program.

Free classes:

     • Integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, conversation, grammar, career readiness, critical thinking,
     • Levels: Beginning through advance
     • Locations: Classes are held at many locations within the Oakton's district
     • Times: Morning, afternoon, and evening classes
     • Semesters: Classes are offered in spring, summer, and fall

Low-cost Tuition Courses:

     • Integrated skills: Intensive ESL (listening, speaking reading, writing, conversation, grammar)
     • Isolated skills: conversation, pronunciation, grammar, idioms, reading & writing, and TOEFL Prep.
     • Levels: Low-intermediate through advance levels
     • Locations: Classes are held mainly at the Skokie and Des Plaines campuses
     • Times: Morning, afternoon, evening, and some Saturday classes
     • Semesters: Classes are offered in spring, summer, and fall

For more information contact Steve Cohn (Adult Education) at 847.635.1426 or scohn@oakton.edu.