English as a Second Language (ESL)

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 Spartan Drive Campus 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

Courses are offered day and evening at the Spartan Drive Campus and satellite locations. All classes are offered free of charge to eligible immigrant students.

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


Students must come to Building K, Room K101A, or call 847-214-6904 to enroll in a program. Students will attend a pre-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. A placement test is required.