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.

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.

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, 10/18 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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

Wednesday, December 12, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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 Conversation Practice

AHML Cardholders Only
For advanced English learners. Students must pass a competency test and be accepted into the program before beginning.
  • Provided by volunteers
  • Available by appointment
  • Improve your conversational and reading skills

Citizenship Services

The following resources are helpful for people interested in becoming U.S. Citizens:
Practice Interview Sessions - sign up in the ESL office 
Wednesday, 11/28 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/19 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Citizenship 101: an overview of the naturalization process presented by United States Citizenship and Immigration Service's Maria de Carmen Rodriguez 
Wednesday, 11/7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Cardinal Room

Read To Learn

The current session runs from September 12, 2018 to December 5, 2018
Registration for Fall 2018 will be:
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 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 Spring 2018 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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Visual Thesaurus

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus lets you look up word meanings and find other terms to use.

Test Preparation

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

Upcoming Programs

  • Wednesday, January 9, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 13, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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