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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

Fall 2020 registration is now closed. Please check back in November for more information on spring classes.

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

Fall 2020 citizenship classes 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; register for an appointment online.

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

Read to Learn

Fall 2020 registration is now closed. Please check back in November for more information on spring classes.

More ESL Resources

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