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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

Intermediate


Fall 2021 classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Central Library Adult Classroom beginning Thursday, Sept. 9. Students must be registered to attend. Testing and registration is now open at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights. Visit https://www.ce.d214.org/adulted to make an appointment to register.

Reading 101


Fall 2021 classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Central Library Adult Classroom beginning Tuesday, Aug. 24. Students must be registered to attend. Testing and registration is now open at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights. Visit https://www.ce.d214.org/adulted to make an appointment to register.

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. 

Citizenship Classes

Fall 2021 classes meet Mondays and Thursdays in the Central Library Adult Classroom from 6 - 9 p.m. beginning Monday, Sept. 13. Bring your green card with you to register at the first class. Or, you can schedule an appointment to register early at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights. Please visit https://www.ce.d214.org/adulted for an early registration appointment.

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.

Two sessions will be offered for Fall 2021. Weekly classes begin:

  • Wednesdays starting Sept. 8 in the Central Library Adult classroom from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
OR
  • Mondays starting Sept. 13, online from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Students must be registered to attend the classes. Testing and Registration is now open at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights. Visit https://www.ce.d214.org/adulted to make an appointment to register.

More ESL Resources

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