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 everyone. Book discussions meet in Conference Room I. 
Please sign-up in the ESL office and you will receive a book to check out for the discussion.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Tuesday, November 19 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Relish: My life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisely
Tuesday, January 21 from 7:00-8:30PM 
Tuesday, February 18 from 1:00-2:30PM 
The Way it Works by William Kowalski
Tuesday, March 17 from 7:00-8:30PM 
Tuesday, April 21 from 1:00-2:30PM 
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Tuesday, May 19 from 7:00-8:30PM 
Tuesday, June 16 from 1:00-2:30PM 
Founding Fathers: The Essential Guide to the Men Who Made America edited by Encyclopedia Britannica
Tuesday, July 21 from 7:00-8:30PM 
Tuesday, August 18 from 1:00-2:30PM
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Tuesday, September 15 from 7:00-8:30PM 
Tuesday, October 20 from 1:00-2:30PM 
ESL One Book, One Village (title to be determined)
Tuesday, October 6 from 7:00-8:30PM 

The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Tuesday, November 17 from 7:00-8:30PM 
Tuesday, December 15 from 1:00-2:30PM 


Literacy/English as a Second Language (ESL) Links

Family Friendly Programs

Here are a few upcoming family friendly programs you can enjoy: 
English Learners Family Storytime
Every Tuesday from 6:30-7:15PM in the 1st floor Lindsey Room (in Kids' World)
Practice English skills together as a family in a friendly group through stories, songs, rhymes, and games. Storytime is followed by 15 minutes of play and conversation. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kids' World Desk before storytime begins.

World Languages Collection

Are you looking for more materials in our World Languages Collection?  Ask a librarian today and see our collection which contains materials in these languages: 
Kids' Languages:             
  • Bulgarian             
  • Chinese                 
  • French                       
  • German  
  • Greek           
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi            
  • Italian            
  • Japanese
  • Korean           
  • Latin         
  • Polish 
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Adult Languages:
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Computer Learning

We offer computers and software to help you improve and practice English on your own, at your own speed.
Everyone is welcome to use our computer programs. 
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.
Winter registration - The next registration period will be in January, 2020.  Please check back soon for the exact date. 
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 - 3:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor Hendricksoon Room North. 
November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
January 8, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 11, 2020
April 8, 2020
May 13, 2020
June 10, 2020
July 8, 2020
August 12, 2020
September 9, 2020
October 14, 2020
November 11, 2020
December 9, 2020

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, 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 current session runs from September 10 2019 to December 4, 2019
Registration for Spring 2020 will be:
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Hendrickson Room, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 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

Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Kids' Programs

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