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ESL

Learn English

Whether you want to learn English to prepare for a career, college, or to contribute to your family and community, our free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are here to help.    

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What You Will Learn

  • Reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills
    • Any level of learner accepted, from beginner to advanced
  • Special courses to earn professional certificates and to pursue citizenship.

Convenient Classes

  • ​​​More than 80 locations in Chicago (Class offerings vary by location.)
  • Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend coursesorning, afternoon, evening, and weekend courses 

Who is Eligible

  • ​16 years or older 
  • Live in Illinois

Apply Today

  • Apply online 
    OR
  • Visit a City Colleges location to apply.  
    • Bring a government-issued ID (e.g. driver’s license, state ID, or passport) and proof of address with you.  Social security number NOT needed.  J1 visas NOT permitted.

Tip: After applying, you will need to visit a City Colleges location to take the placement exam, which can take up to 3 hours.  Call ahead to the college nearest you to schedule your exam.