ESL: English as a Second Language


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 16 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.

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.
  • 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 33 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 7, 6:30-8:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room S-131, 6:30-8:15 pm
(Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-9:15 pm
First Class: Tuesday, January 14

Glenbrook South High School
4000 Lake Avenue, Glenview
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 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 9

Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 West Pratt Avenue, Lincolnwood
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 6-7:45 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 6-7:45 pm
(Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class: Tuesday, January 9

Niles Public Library
6960 West Oakton Street, Niles
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 6-7:45 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 6-7:45 pm
(Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 9

Maine East High School
2601 West Dempster, Park Ridge
Registration: Wednesday, January 8, 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: Tuesday, January 14

Maine West High School
1755 South Wolf, Des Plaines
Registration: Wednesday, January 8, 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: Monday, January 13

Niles West High School
5701 Oakton Street, Skokie
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 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 9

Niles North High School
9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie (Just West of Old Orchard Shopping Center)
Registration: Monday, January 6, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, Room 2065, 6:45-8:30 pm
(Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, January 8

Maryville Academy
1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines (Classes are held in the “Ziggy” building)
Registration: Monday, January 6, 6-7:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 6-8:30 pm (Starting from the first
class)
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6-8:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, January 8

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Daytime Classes


MORNING CLASSES

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED ESL

First Congregational Church
766 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 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 9

Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 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: Friday, January 10

Oakton Community College
7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Room B111, Skokie
Registration: Friday, January 3, 9 am-12:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: Fridays only, 9 am-12:15 pm
(Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Friday, 9 am-12:15 pm
First Class: Friday, January 10

INTERMEDIATE ESL

District 65 - Family Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 9:30 am-12 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 9:30 am-12 pm
(Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 am-12 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 9

AFTERNOON CLASSES

Niles Community Church
7401 Oakton Street, Niles
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 12:20-3 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 12:20-3 pm
(Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:20-3 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 9

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ESL

District 65 - Family Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, January 7, 12:30-3 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 12:30-3 pm
(Starting from the first class)
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-3 pm
First Class: Thursday, January 9

Oakton Community College
7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Room B111, Skokie
Registration: Monday, January 6, 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 8

 

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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 2/17, 5/25.
HIS A15-01, SKL, 18 Fri., 1/24, 6-8:45 pm (Registration: 1/17, 6-8:45 pm)
HIS A15-02, OC/SK, 18 Sat., 1/25, 9:15 am-12 pm (Registration: 1/18, 9:15 am-12 pm)
HIS A15-03, NPL, 17 Mon., 2/3, 6-8:30 pm (Registration: 1/27, 6-8:30 pm)
HIS A15-04, DPL, 17 Mon., 2/3, 6-8:30 pm (Registration: 1/27, 6-8:30 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.

Textbooks will be available for purchase at the first class session for cash only.

Note:
Tuition fees are subject to changes in State funding.

INTENSIVE ESL      Fee: $359 (new students only)
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 more information. No class 1/20, 2/17, 5/25.
COM A19-01, OC/SK, 11 Mon.-Thu., 1/14, 12:40-3:20 pm
Registration: 1/13, 12:40–3:20 pm
COM A19-10, OC/SK, 11 Mon.-Thu., 3/31, 12:40-3:20 pm
Registration: 3/30, 12:40–3:20 pm

INTENSIVE GRAMMAR REVIEW I     Fee: $159
For intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Learn to speak and write better by improving your knowledge of English grammar. No class 3/27.
COM A70-01, OC/DP, 12 Fri., 1/31, 9:45 am-12:45 pm
Registration: 1/31, 9:45 am-12:45 pm         CRN 40122

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

IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION      Fee: $159
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/DP, 12 Sat., 1/25, 9 am-12 pm
Registration: 1/18, 9 am-12 pm              CRN 40124

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH PRACTICE      Fee: $159
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 3/28.
COM A50-01, OC/SK, 12 Sat., 2/1, 9 am-12 pm
Registration: 1/25, 9 am-12 pm              CRN 40133

IDIOMS AND VOCABULARY BUILDING       Fee: $159
For intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Develop your awareness of and skills in using common American idioms and idiomatic phrases. No class 3/25.
COM A54-01, OC/DP, 12 Wed., 2/5, 9:45 am-12:45 pm
Registration: 2/5, 9:45 am-12:45 pm       CRN 40123

COMPOSITION FOR INTERMEDIATE ESL STUDENTS     Fee: $159
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. No class 2/17.
COM A61-01, OC/SK, 12 Mon., 2/3, 6:45-9:45 pm
Registration: 1/27, 6:45-9:45 pm            CRN 40141

 

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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
Days and Times:
Monday and Wednesday, 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:
Monday, January 13 to Friday, May 8

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