ESL Learners

Skokie Public library staff and volunteers are serving an ethnically diverse community helping students feel more comfortable, confident, and successful in everyday life.

Oakton Community College Adult Literacy classes

Skokie Public Library provides space for native and non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their reading. Classes meet in the Radmacher Meeting Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15 am-12:15 pm and on Saturdays 9 am-noon.

For more information, call 847-635-1426 or visit Oakton's ESL class schedule.

ESL Conversation Programs

ESL Café - A weekly conversation group with community members. Tutors from the ELL Parent Center will be on hand to help with conversations and to answer your questions. Drop-in event. Every Wednesday, 12:30-2 pm in either the Radmacher Meeting Room or Book Discussion Room.

ESL One-On-One Conversation Program - Skokie Public Library volunteers provide free English conversation practice for ESL learners. Time is flexible. For more information call 847-324-3113 or email.

Citizenship Classes

Skokie Public Library provides free citizenship preparation classes throughout the year on Fridays 6-8:45 pm in the Book Discussion room. These classes are offered by the Alliance for Lifelong Learning. For more information, check the calendar or call 847-635-1426.

ESL Collection

Our ESL Collection has books, DVDs, audiobooks and many other helpful resources for people who are learning English or are new to the United States.

Look in the Citizenship Corner, located between World Languages and the Writers' Nook on the first floor, for:

  • Information about citizenship classes and resources passing the test in many languages
  • The latest news on legislature on immigration topics
  • Health literacy resources, including options for free or low cost health care
  • GED brochures
  • ESL classes information flyers
  • VITA (Volunteers in Teaching Adults) booklets
  • Flyers from ethnic communities

ESL Volunteers

Skokie Public Library is always looking for volunteers, including for ESL volunteer teaching positions.

If you're interested, check the job description.