ESL: English as a Second Language

Learn more about the differences between the credit and noncredit ESL courses Oakton offers.

IMPORTANT: All classes will be held online for the Fall 2020 semester. Students will be required to have a computer or smart phone with internet access, including a built-in camera and microphone. Thus, students may attend class in the privacy of their own home. Classes will NOT meet in-person/face-to-face this fall.

Online registration for all ESL classes started on Monday, August 3 at 9 a.m.

There will NOT be any in-person registration this fall semester.

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



 

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


Classes will meet online on the days and at the times listed below.

ALL LEVELS - BEGINNING TO ADVANCED

Online (previously offered at Evanston Township High School)
Ongoing Registration:
Until 10/1
Class Meets:
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-9:15 pm
First Class:
Thursday, September 10

Online (previously offered at Glenbrook South High School)
Ongoing Registration:
Until 10/1
Class Meets:
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class:
Tuesday, September 15

Online (previously offered at Lincolnwood Public Library)
Ongoing Registration:
Until 10/1
Class Meets:
Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class:
Tuesday, September 1

Online (previously offered at Maine East High School)
Ongoing Registration:
Until 10/1
Class Meets:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class:
Thursday, September 10

Online (previously offered at Maine West High School)
Ongoing Registration:
Until 10/5
Class Meets:
Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class:
Monday, September 14

Online (previously offered at Niles West High School)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/1
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 10

Online (previously offered at Niles North High School)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/5
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6:45-9:30 pm
First Class: Monday, September 14

Online (previously offered at Niles Public Library)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/1
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:45 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 1

Online (previously offered at Maryville Academy)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/5
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 6-8:30 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 2

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Daytime Classes


Classes will meet online on the days and at the times listed below.

ALL LEVELS - BEGINNING TO ADVANCED

Online (previously offered at Evanston Public Library)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/1
Class Meets: Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 1

Online (previously offered at First Congregational Church)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/1
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:50-11:30 am
First Class: Tuesday, September 1

Online (previously offered at Niles Community Church)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/1
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:20-3 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 1

Online (previously offered at Oakton Community College)
Ongoing Registration:
Until 10/2
Class Meets:
Friday, 9 am-12:15 pm
First Class:
Friday, September 4

BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE ESL

Online (previously offered at Rosemont Recreation Center)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/5
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 9 am-12 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 9

 

AFTERNOON CLASSES

Classes will meet online on the days and at the times listed below.

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ESL

Online (previously offered at Oakton Community College)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/5
Class Meets: Monday and Wednesday, 1-4 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 2

Online (previously offered at District 65 - Family Center Joseph E. Hill Administration Center)
Ongoing Registration: Until 10/1
Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15-3 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 1

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Citizenship Education Classes

Classes will meet online on the days and at the times listed below.

CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION   No fee required
Instruction in U.S. history and government to prepare for the citizenship
examination.

HIS A15-01, 10 Fri., 6-8:45 pm. Class starts 9/4.
Ongoing registration until 9/18 (previously held at Skokie Library)

HIS A15-02, 10 Sat., 9:15 am-12 pm. Class starts 9/5.
Ongoing registration until 9/19 (previously held at Oakton Community College/Skokie campus)

HIS A15-03, 10 Mon., 6-8:30 pm. Class starts 9/14.
Ongoing registration until 9/28 (previously held at Niles Public Library)

HIS A15-04, 10 Mon., 6-8:30 pm. Class starts 9/14.
Ongoing registration until 9/28 (previously held at Des Plaines Library)

HIS A15-05, 11 Mon./Wed., 6-8 pm. Class starts 9/9.
Ongoing registration until 9/23. No class 10/12 (previously held at Rosemont Recreation Center)

 

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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.

Tuition fees are subject to change. Register before the first day of class. Unlike free ESL classes, tuition-charged classes close after about the second class session. For information, call 847-635-1426.

All registrants, including seniors, will be charged a $9 non-refundable processing fee at the time of each registration.

Classes will meet online on the days and at the times listed below.

Register for Low-cost Tuition ESL Classes

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. Prospective students must first have instructor approval to register. Contact Steve Cohn, Program Assistant, at scohn@oakton.edu for placement test information. No class 10/29, 11/11.
COM A19-01, Online, 10 Mon.-Thu., 9/8, 12:40-3:20 pm
Ongoing registration until 9/17

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 11/28.
COM A45-01, Online, 12 Tue., 9/15, 6:45-9:45 pm.
Ongoing registration until 9/22                                    CRN 60095
COM A45-02, Online, 12 Sat., 9/19, 9 am-12 pm.
Ongoing registration until 9/26                                    CRN 60096

IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION           Fee: $159
Learn subtle differences between English and your native language. Improve your speaking skills so native U.S. English speakers can understand you more easily. No class 11/28.
COM A29-01, Online, 12 Sat., 9/26, 9 am-12 pm.
Ongoing registration until 10/3                                   CRN 60089

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 11/11, 11/25.
COM A54-01, Online, 12 Wed., 9/16, 9:45 am-12:45 pm.
Ongoing registration until 9/23                                   CRN 60099

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 11/28.
COM A50-01, Online, 12 Sat., 9/19, 9 am-12 pm.
Ongoing registration until 9/26                                   CRN 60097

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 11/27.
COM A70-01, Online, 12 Fri., 9/25, 9:45 am-12:45 pm.
Ongoing registration until 10/1                                  CRN 60101

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.
COM A61-01, Online, 12 Mon., 9/21, 6:45-9:45 pm.
Ongoing registration until 9/28                                 CRN 60100

 

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