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Learn more about Literacy & Citizenship:
Note: Literacy and citizenship programming and procedures may be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Claudia Baranowski at @email.

We know that learning looks different right now, with face-to-face meetings happening over screens. It's not what we're used to, but it doesn't mean we have to stop learning altogether. In addition to the great resources we have available to Schaumburg Library cardholders like Mango and Pronunciator, we'd like to mention some of our favorite free sites for language learning.

English as a Second Language

Intermediate


Registration for the Fall 2021 session has ended. Please check back for more information on the Spring 2022 session as it becomes available.

Reading 101


Registration for the Fall 2021 session has ended. Please check back for more information on the Spring 2022 session as it becomes available.

ESL Tutoring

Need help improving your English reading and speaking skills? Get one-on-one help with a tutor. Call the Elgin Literacy Connection at (224) 215-6515 to be matched with a tutor in the Schaumburg area. 

If you're interested in helping others, we're also looking for volunteer tutors! You'll need to complete a 12-hour training and commit to spending 1 to 2 hours per week with an English language learner. If you're interested, visit the Elgin Literary Connection website or call them at (847) 742-6565.

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."  

Citizenship Classes

Registration for the Fall 2021 session has ended. Please check back for more information on the Spring 2022 session as it becomes available.

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

Read to Learn

Registration for the Fall 2021 session has ended. Please check back for more information on the Spring 2022 session as it becomes available.

More ESL Resources

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