Learning English

City Colleges of Chicago offers free English classes to Illinois residents who are non-native English speakers. English as a Second Language (ESL) courses range from providing basic language and life skills for complete beginners to helping advanced students refine their English in preparation for higher education, vocational training, or a career. Reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar are included at all levels of instruction.

English as a Second Language (ESL) placement testing and registration is done by appointment. The placement test for morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday classes is given on several dates during each sixteen-week semester (fourteen weeks in the summer semester). In addition to completing the college placement testing, appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Find a program on CCC’s website, or call your nearest campus:

Richard J. Daley College
7500 South Pulaski Rd.

Harry S. Truman College
1145 West Wilson Ave.

Kennedy-King College
6301 S. Halsted St.

Malcolm X College
1900 West Van Buren St.

Olive-Harvey College
10001 South Woodlawn Ave.

Wilbur Wright College
4300 North Narragansett Ave.

To search for additional English course options, visit the National Literacy Directory or the Illinois Adult Learning Hotline.

For online English-learning opportunities, see:

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