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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


Improve your English speaking and reading skills. Testing and registration are available by appointment at the Forest View Education Center, located at 2121 S. Goebbert Rd. in Arlington Heights. Schedule your appointment through the District 214 Adult Education website. Classes will meet at the Central Library Adult Classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Reading 101


This advanced reading class covers vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. Testing and registration is required and will be held at the Forest View Education Center, located at 2121 S. Goebbert Rd. in Arlington Heights. Schedule your appointment through the District 214 Adult Education website. Classes will meet at the Central Library Adult Classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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

Prepare for the naturalization exam and interview. In-person registration is available at the first class on Thursday, Jan. 20; please bring your green card. Class will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 5:45 - 8:45 p.m. in the Central Library Adult classroom. Early registration is available through the District 214 Adult Education website.

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

Read to Learn

Improve your reading and writing skills by working with trained volunteer tutors. Testing and registration are available by appointment at the Forest View Education Center, located at 2121 S. Goebbert Rd. in Arlington Heights. Schedule your appointment through the District 214 Adult Education website.

Two sessions of Read to Learn will be offered:

Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. online via Zoom beginning Monday, Feb. 7

OR

Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Central Library Adult Classroom beginning Wednesday, Feb. 9

More ESL Resources

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