ESL Learners

Our staff and volunteers serve an ethnically diverse community, helping students feel more comfortable, confident, and successful in everyday life.

Because of our modified services due to COVID-19, most of our ESL resources are now online. For more information, please contact Katrina Belogorsky to learn more.

Oakton Community College Adult Literacy classes

We provide 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. We also offer a book group for English language learners. View our events calendar.

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. Classes are offered by the Alliance for Lifelong Learning. For more information, check the calendar or call 847-635-1426.

ESL Collection

Learning English for the first time or new to the United States? Our ESL Collection has books, DVDs, audiobooks and many other helpful resources, including:

  • 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.