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 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.

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 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
Registration: Tuesday, September 4, 6:30-8:15 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room S-131, 6:30-8:15 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-9:15 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 6

Glenbrook South High School
4000 West Lake Avenue, Glenview
Registration: Tuesday, September 4, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 199, 6:45-8:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 11

Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 West Pratt Avenue, Lincolnwood
Registration: Tuesday, August 28, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 6-8:45 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class: Thursday, August 30

Maine East High School
2601 Dempster Street, Park Ridge
Registration: Tuesday, September 4, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 330, 6:45-8:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 6

Maine West High School
1755 South Wolf Road, Des Plaines
Registration: Monday, August 27, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, Room C201, 6:45-8:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, August 29

Niles West High School
5701 Oakton Street, Skokie
Registration: Tuesday, August 28, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, Room 2199, 6:45-8:30 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, August 30

Niles North High School
9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie (West of Old Orchard Shopping Center)
Registration: Wednesday, September 5, 6:45-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, Room 2065, 6:45-8:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Monday, September 10

Niles Public Library
6960 West Oakton Street, Niles
Registration: Thursday, August 30, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 6-8:45 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 4

BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE ESL

Maryville Academy
1100 North River Road, Des Plaines (“Ziggy” Building)
Registration: Wednesday, September 29, 6-8:30 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 6-8:30 pm
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6-8:30 pm
First Class: Monday, October 4

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Daytime Classes


BEGINNING TO ADVANCED ESL

Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Registration:
Tuesday, August 28, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing Registration:
Tuesdays only, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Class Meets:
Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
First Class:
Friday, August 31

First Congregational Church
766 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines
Registration:
Tuesday, August 28, 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, August 30

Niles Community Church
7401 Oakton Street, Niles
Registration:
Tuesday, August 28, 12:20-3 pm
Ongoing Registration:
Tuesdays only, 12:20-3 pm
Class Meets:
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:20-3 pm
First Class:
Thursday, August 30

Oakton Community College
7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Room B110, Skokie
Registration:
Friday, August 24, 9 am-12:15 pm
Ongoing Registration:
Fridays only, 9 am-12:15 pm
Class Meets:
Fridays, 9 am-12:15 pm
First Class:
Friday, August 31

BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE ESL

District 65 - Family Center
Joseph E. Hill Administration Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston
Registration:
Tuesday, August 28, 9-11 am
Ongoing Registration:
Tuesdays only, 9:15 am-12 pm
Class Meets:
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15 am-12 pm
First Class:
Thursday, August 30

Rosemont Recreation Center
7128 Barry Street, Rosemont
Registration: Wednesday, August 29, 9 am-12 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 9 am-12 pm
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 am-12 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 5

ADVANCED ESL

Family Focus
2010 Dewey Street, Evanston
Registration: Wednesday, August 29, 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: Wednesday, September 5

AFTERNOON CLASSES

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ESL

Oakton Community College
7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Room B110, Skokie
Registration: Wednesday, August 29, 1-4 pm
Ongoing Registration: Mondays only, 1-4 pm
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 5

District 65 - Family Center
Joseph E. Hill Administration Center
1500 McDaniel, Evanston
Registration: Tuesday, August 28, 12:15-3 pm
Ongoing Registration: Tuesdays only, 12:15-3 pm
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15-3 pm
First Class: Thursday, August 30

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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 10/8, 11/12.
HIS A15-01, ELC, 12 Mon./Wed., Registration: 9/5, 6-8 pm
HIS A15-02, SKL, 9 Fri., Registration: 9/7, 6-8:45 pm
HIS A15-03, OC/SK, 9 Sat., Registration: 9/8, 9:15 am-12 pm
HIS A15-04, NPL, 9 Mon., Registration: 9/10, 6-8:30 pm
HIS A15-05, DPL, 9 Mon., Registration: 9/10, 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.

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 11/24.
COM A50-01, OC/SK, 11 Sat., 9/22, 9 am-12 pm   CRN 60119

INTENSIVE ESL   Fee: $359
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). No class 11/12.
COM A19-01, OC/SK, 10 Mon.-Thu., 9/4, 12:40-3:20 pm

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 11/24.
COM A45-01, OC/SK, 11 Tue., 9/18, 6:45-9:45 pm   CRN 60117
COM A45-02, OC/SK, 11 Sat., 9/22, 9 am-12 pm      CRN 60118

IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION   Fee: $179
Learn subtle differences between English and your native language. Improve your speaking skills so native American English speakers can understand you more easily. No class 11/24.
COM A29-01, OC/DP, 13 Sat., 9/8, 9 am-12 pm   CRN 60114

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.
COM A54-01, OC/DP, 11 Wed., 9/19, 9:45 am-12:45 pm   CRN 60113

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 10/8 and 11/12.
COM A70-01, OC/DP, 11 Mon., 9/17, 9:45 am-12:45 pm   CRN 60112

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 10/8 and 11/12.
COM A61-01, OC/SK, 11 Mon., 9/17, 6:45-9:45 pm   CRN 60132

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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/Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m. (beginning 8/20)
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. (beginning 9/11)
Wednesday/Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (beginning 9/26)

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