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.

Placement & Registration

Students must come to Building K. 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.

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.

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.
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: Campus Building K, and satellite locations.

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, transition to advanced/academic ESL 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.
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.

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.
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: Building K, and satellite locations.