ESL & Literacy

English language help available through the ESL & Literacy Office.

Literacy Office Hours:

  • Monday–Friday 9 a.m–9 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Call 847-870-4309 or email with questions.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library offers free access to interpreters to assist with library services.

ESL Book Discussions

Come join one of our lively book discussion sessions. Open to all literacy and ESL students.
Please sign-up in the ESL office and you will receive a book to check out for the discussion.
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Tuesday, October 22 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Tuesday, November 19 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Literacy/English as a Second Language (ESL) Links

Computer Learning

We offer computers and software to help you improve and practice English on your own, at your own speed. Topics include:
  • Pronunciation
  • Business English
  • Reading, grammar and writing
  • TOEFL and IELTS preparation
  • American culture

High Beginning - Intermediate ESL Class

This free class is co-sponsored by District 214 and the Village of Arlington Heights.
fall registration - Thursday, 10/3 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (please note that you must attend the entire three hours for testing purposes)
Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room
For more information, call the District 214 Community Education Office: 847-718-7700.

Tea & Talk

The 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
October 9, 2019
November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
Hendrickson Room North

Improve your conversation skills at this monthly conversation group for adult English language learners. Everyone is welcome, including children (please note: no babysitters are available; parents must supervise their children). No registration necessary.

1-on-1 Tutoring and Conversation Practice

AHML Cardholders Only
Practice your conversation skills or work on English-language-learning or literacy-related goals with our volunteer tutors. 
Students will meet with a tutor one hour a week, on the same day and time each week, for a period of one year. 
Students must take a placement test before being placed on the waitlist to receive a tutor. 
Tutoring is available for both adult learners and for children.

Citizenship Services

The following resources are helpful for people interested in becoming U.S. Citizens:
Practice Interview Sessions
offered in partnership with HIAS Immigration and Citizenship
- sign up in the ESL office or online
- participants should bring their completed N-400 form with them to the interview practice session
Wednesday, 10/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/20 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/18 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Citizenship Classes
- offered in partnership with HIAS Immigration and Citizenship
- taught by Judy Yublosky
- students must register in person at 5:30p.m. in the 1st floor Cardinal Room on Monday, September 9
- class will meet from 6:30-8:00p.m. on Mondays September 9 - November 18

Read To Learn

The next session will run from September 10 2019 to December 4, 2019
Registration for Fall 2019 will be:
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:30pm
Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library 
Meets regularly:
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library


Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library

See Fall 2019 Schedule of Read to Learn classes for additional locations.
Read to Learn

One-on-one reading sessions for all English-speaking adults who are learning to read and/or are developing reading skills. New classes begin in the spring and fall. A donation of $15 per class for materials is requested.

For more information call the District 214 Read to Learn Office at 847-718-7724.


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Test Preparation

Testing & Education Reference Center
TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship tests.
US citizenship test

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