Back to top
Learn more about Literacy & Citizenship:
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.

And don't forget about the services we've moved online, like our Conversation Club, citizenship programs and author interviews.

English as a Second Language

Registration is open for Spring 2021 classes, which will be offered in a hybrid mode. Some classes will be on site at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, and/or also presented online in Zoom meetings. Learn more.

Students who did not take the test in Fall 2020 need to register for a testing appointment.

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. Trainings also will be held periodically at the Library; please check back for 2020 dates.

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. 

Citizenship Classes

Registration is now open for Spring 2021 citizenship classes, which will be held using a hybrid model, both on site at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, and online using Zoom. Students must take an in-person placement test. For an appointment please call Ewa Crowe at 847-718-7730 or email at Learn more.

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

Read to Learn

This 10-week class is designed for adults who already speak English but want to improve their reading and writing skills.

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

More ESL Resources

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