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Learn more about Literacy & Citizenship:
Learn English, improve your reading skills or prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam with our mix of in-person and online resources available through the Library, including:
  • English as a second language classes and book discussions
  • Weekly conversation clubs
  • Citizenship preparation courses
  • A special collection of books, CDs and DVDs to help improve English skills
  • Online language-learning resources for Schaumburg Library cardholders like Mango and Pronunciator

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Claudia Baranowski at @email. You can also check out some of our favorite free sites for language learning.

English as a Second Language

Intermediate


Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the Adult Classroom at the Central Library from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. In-person registration and testing will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m.; please be on time.

Or, take advantage of early registration and testing in mid-August through D214 Community Education at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Use Door #31.

Conversation Clubs

We host free discussion groups for intermediate students who want to use and improve their English speaking skills.  

Space is limited; email Claudia Baranowski at @email if you are interested in attending.

Online Tools for Learning English

Brainfuse HelpNow

Tutors are available from 2 - 9 p.m. every day with live homework help for math, science, English, social studies and adult learning. Take ACT, SAT, AP, GED, TOEFL and U.S. citizenship practice tests. 

News For You

Easy-to-read news stories to help you learn to read, write, speak and understand English. New stories are posted each week along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle and more. Listen to each story in full or sentence by sentence. Type passcode 2AE4B3 in the box that says "Enter Your News For You Password."  

Read It!

Geared toward English language learners, you can find short articles written to support your reading skills as you learn about topics you need for school and everyday life.

Citizenship Classes

Classes meet from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays in the Central Library Adult Classroom beginning Thursday, Sept. 15. Register at the first class. Please bring your green card.

Can't make it to class, but still want to prep for the test? Try ProCitizen.

Read to Learn

Two sessions will be offered for Fall 2022. Please choose only 1 day.

Monday classes: Testing will take place at the Central Library on Monday, Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. Fill out the Student Registration Form online through D214 Community Education. Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Central Library Rasmussen Room starting Sept. 12.

Wednesday classes: Testing will take place at the Central Library on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. Fill out the Student Registration Form online through D214 Community Education. Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Central Library Adult Classroom starting Sept. 7.

More ESL Resources

Contact these community organizations directly for more information about their English as a Second Language classes: