English as a Second Language (ESL)

ABEC’s fall classes will be remote. Complete our form to sign-up for classes and we will contact you when registration is open.

Gaining confidence in written and spoken English skills can be key to your success in college and the workforce. ECC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program focuses on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Courses are offered day and evening at several locations including the Elgin, Carpentersville, Streamwood, and the Hanover Park Education and Work Center. As a student, you will be supported as you gain English language fluency for success in school and at work. All ESL classes are offered at no cost to eligible non-native English speakers.

Part-Time ESL Programs

Beginning Level

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.

Who Should Attend: Non-native English speakers from any language group or nationality.

Intermediate Level

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, make the transition to advanced/academic ESL classes, or enter the workforce. An academic advisor is available to help students make the transition.

Who Should Attend: Non-native English speakers from any language group or nationality who wish to prepare for higher-level education or employment opportunities.

Advanced Level

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.

Who Should Attend: Non-native English speakers from any language group or nationality who wish to prepare for entrance into college-level classes.

Registration


Sign-up for classes using our online form and we will contact you to complete the process.

Email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6904 for more information.

How to register

Sign-up for classes

Disclosure of Federal Participation
Approximately $636,330 (36%) of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at ECC is federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.