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.

COVID-19 Update:
For the safety of our students and faculty, the classes below will be offered online. For more information, please call 847.635.1426 or e-mail adulted@oakton.edu.

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.

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

Offered via distance learning:

Online class that was scheduled to be offered at Maryville Academy (Ziggy Building)
Online Orientation: Monday, June 29, 6-8:30 pm
Ongoing registration: until 7/13
Class meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6-8:30 pm
First class: Wednesday, July 1, 6-8:30 pm

Online class that was scheduled to be offered at Lincolnwood Public Library
Online Orientation: Tuesday, June 30, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing registration: until 7/14
Class meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:45 pm
First class: Thursday, July 2, 6-8:45 pm

Online class that was scheduled to be offered at Niles Public Library
Online Orientation: Tuesday, June 30, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing registration: until 7/14
Class meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:45 pm
First class: Thursday, July 2, 6-8:45 pm

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Daytime Classes


ALL LEVELS - BEGINNING TO ADVANCED

Offered via distance learning:

Online class that was scheduled to be offered at Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)
Online Orientation: Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Ongoing registration: until 7/14
Class meets: Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
First class: Friday, July 3, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

 

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Citizenship Education Classes

The summer citizenship classes will be offered via distance learning.

CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION                        No fee required
Instruction in U.S. history and government to prepare for the citizenship examination.
HIS A15-101, 8 Mon., 7/6, 6-8:45 pm
Online Orientation: Monday, 6/29, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing registration: until 7/13
HIS A15-102, 8 Fri., 7/3, 6-8:45 pm
Online Orientation: Friday, 6/26, 6-8:45 pm
Ongoing registration: until 7/10

 

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Low-cost Tuition ESL Classes

 

Low-cost Tuition ESL classes have been cancelled for the Summer term.

 

 

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