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Noncredit ESL offers two programs: the Free program and the Low-cost Tuition program.

Free classes*:

General Information:

Our free ESL program is designed for adults 16 years and older whose native language is not English. Courses are offered free to students through Title II of the Workforce Investment Act as administered by the Illinois Community College Board.

Course Information:

  • Children are not allowed to participate in ESL classes
  • Students may be admitted until registration cut-off date if space is available
  • Integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, conversation, grammar, career readiness, critical thinking,
  • Levels: Beginning through advanced
  • Locations: due to COVID-19, all courses will be virtual
  • Times: Morning, afternoon, and evening classes
  • Semesters: Classes are offered in spring, summer, and fall

Admission Procedures

New Students: Please complete the pre-registration form.

Note: Per ICCB (Illinois Community College Board) 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. ESL classes are not intended for tourists, but rather for those who have come to live in the United States.

 

Low-cost Tuition Courses:

General Information:
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.

Course Information:

  • Integrated skills: Intensive ESL (listening, speaking reading, writing, conversation, grammar)
  • Isolated skills: conversation, pronunciation, grammar, idioms, reading & writing, and TOEFL Prep.
  • Levels: Low-intermediate through advance levels
  • Locations: due to COVID-19, all courses will be virtual
  • Times: Morning, afternoon, evening, and some Saturday classes
  • Semesters: Classes are offered in spring, summer, and fall

View low-cost ESL courses

*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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