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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

Any level of learner accepted, from beginner to advanced. Classes cover reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills. 

At select locations, we also offer: 

  • Professional certificate classes
  • Citizenship classes


  • ​​​More than 70 locations in Chicago (class offerings vary by location)
  • Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend courses 

Who is Eligible

Students must: 

  • Be 18 years or older
    • Or ​16/17 years old with a high school separation form
  • Live in Illinois

Apply Today

After applying, you will need to visit a City Colleges location to take a placement exam, which can take up to 3 hours.