ESL (English as a Second Language)

Please Note:

Both Oakton Community College campuses will remain closed to the public, including students.  For more information, please visit the OCC remote operation web page.  All language lab modern language and ESL conversation groups will be transitioned to online delivery starting March 30. Please check our lab calendar or email to join a group online.

The Language Lab offers many resources for ESL (English as a Second Language) students.

ESL Conversation

Come and practice speaking informal English in a comfortable, friendly environment. Free English conversation groups are held each semester at both the Des Plaines and Skokie Language Labs. Groups are not held when the college is closed or when classes are not in session.

Des Plaines - Spring 2020 Schedule from February 3rd through May 28th.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (all levels)
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (all levels)

Skokie - Spring 2020 Schedule from February 3rd through May 28th.

Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (intermediate)
Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (all levels)

Please Note: Basic conversation skills in the language required.

Conversation Groups may need to be canceled depending on the needs of language classes. Call ahead for best results.

TOEFL Classes & Preparation Material

Are you preparing for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)? Consider taking a TOEFL PREP SEMINAR at Oakton!

TOEFL classes are enrolling now and will start soon:

TOEFL PREP SEMINAR       Fee: $179
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. No class 3/24, 3/28.
COM A45-01, OC/SK, 12 Tue., 1/7, 6:45-9:45 pm
Registration: 1/7, 6:45-9:45 pm              CRN 40130
COM A45-02, OC/SK, 12 Sat., 2/1, 9 am-12 pm
Registration: 1/25, 6:45-9:45 pm            CRN 40131
COM A45-10, OC/SK, 12 Tue., 4/7, 6:45-9:45 pm
Registration: 4/7, 6:45-9:45 pm              CRN 40132

The Language Labs offer TOEFL preparation materials for on campus use, as well as limited assistance to Oakton credit or non-credit students preparing for the speaking section of the TOEFL. Contact the Language Lab for more information about these TOEFL preparation options.

ESL Materials

The Language Lab has a vast collection of ESL audio, print materials, and videos/DVDs to support English language learners. These materials cover a wide range of levels and topics, to assist with grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing and speaking. Materials are available on both campuses. Contact the Language Lab for a complete list of resources.

ESL Links

This list of ESL web sites offers tools to improve grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing, vocabulary and listening skills.