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Adult Basic Education Center
Bldg K, Room K100, ECC Campus
Tel
: 847-214-6904
Fax: 847-931-3919
Hours: M-Th 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Fridays June - Aug.


English Language Learner

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction at ECC is for all non-native English speakers from any language, group or nationality. Instruction covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Classroom instruction and college supportive services provide immigrant students the opportunity to progress toward self-sufficiency and economic success.

Enroll in Part-Time ESL Programs

Courses are offered day and evening and at other area locations. All classes are offered free of charge to eligible immigrant students. View all classes»

Placement & Registration

Students must come to Building K. Students will attend a per-course workshop to prepare themselves for language learning success. Students on certain types of visas are not permitted to enroll in the free adult education program.

Beginning ESL
Who Should Attend Non-native English speakers from any language group or nationality.
Cost Free to eligible students.
How to Enroll Come to Building K, Room K101A, or call 847-214-6904. A placement test is required.
Class Locations ECC Campus (Building K), and satellite locations.

Courses offered at the beginning literacy, low beginning, and high beginning levels equip students with basic survival English skills. Upon completing the high beginning level, students can function in familiar social situations, make inquiries related to everyday activities, express opinions, write simple sentences and read familiar texts.

Intermediate ESL
Who Should Attend Non-native English speakers from any language group or nationality who wish to prepare for higher level education or employment opportunities.
Cost Free to eligible students.
How to Enroll Come to Building K, Room K101A, or call 847-214-6904. A placement test is required.
Class Locations ECC Campus (Building K), and satellite locations.
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Courses offered at the low and high intermediate levels prepare students for higher-level education or employment opportunities. Upon completion of the high intermediate levels, students may exit the program to successfully pursue career/vocational training, transition to advanced/academic ESL or enter the workforce. An academic advisor is available to help students make the transition.

Advanced ESL
Who Should Attend Non-native English speakers from any language group or nationality who wish to prepare for entrance into college-level classes.
Cost Free to eligible students.
How to Enroll Come to Building K, Room K101A, or call 847-214-6904. A placement test is required.
Class Locations ECC Campus (Building K), and satellite locations.

Courses offered at the advanced level prepare students for entrance into college-level classes. Upon completing the advanced level, students are able to read and write at a level that assures success within college-level English courses and can receive free in-district tuition for one, three-credit hour college class to help them achieve their educational and career-related goals. A student services specialist is available to help students make the transition to college-level English.

Enroll in Intensive English Program

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The Intensive English Program follows the highly effective and innovative focal skills approach which allows language skills to build on one another naturally.

Intensive English Program
Who Should Attend Prospective ECC students, international students, professionals, business people and others who want to improve English skills and cultural understanding necessary for success in higher education, the business world or for personal reasons. This program meets the requirements of a full course of study for F-1 international students.
Cost Current rates apply.
How to Enroll Come to Building C, Room C228, or call 847-214-7163. A placement test is required for all new students.
Class Locations ECC Campus (Building C)

IEP Workshop Schedules

There are four modules – listening, reading, writing and per-collegiate. In addition to the modules, students choose from a variety of electives to complete their schedules. After an initial placement, students are reassessed every four weeks with the potential to move to the next module which allows them to move quickly through the program.  A minimum of 12 weeks is required at the per-collegiate module in order to earn a certificate of completion.

Summer Schedule

June 9 - July 3: The focus of these workshops is on reading, writing, grammar and speaking. The classes will meet in the morning and afternoon hours, Monday through Thursday. Download class schedule

July 7 - July 31 (English Language and Cultural Experience): The focus of this program will be on language and cultural. There will be field trips and afternoon enrichment classes. The classes will meet in the morning and afternoon hours, Monday through Thursday. Download class schedule

Fall Schedule

August 18 - September 11; September 15 - October 9; October 13 - November 6 and November 10 - December 4: The focus of these workshops is on reading, writing, grammar and speaking. The classes will meet in the morning and afternoon hours, Monday through Thursday. Download class schedule

Testing Dates

Students must test on one of the following testing dates before registering for classes. No appointment is necessary for testing.

Testing Dates
Date Start Time Location
Thursday, June 5 9 a.m. Building M, Room M104
Thursday, July 3
Monday, July 7
Thursday, August 7
Wednesday, August 13
Friday, August 15
Thursday, September 11
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 6
Thursday, December 4

To learn more about the IEP and to see a youtube video made by our students about the program.

 
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