ESL & Literacy

Literacy Office Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m–9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Call 847-870-4309 or email with questions.


What ESL Students Have to Say

Hilal moved to the area to take advantage of all the services the Library has to offer. She enjoys learning about current issues and improving her conversation skills in a public format.

About the Literacy Office

English language help available through the 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 Discussion

by Mark Haddon
 Thursday, May 21, 7:30–9 p.m / Board Room .
Come join this lively session. Pick up a copy of the book at the ESL/Literacy office beginning April 15, 2015.

Literacy/English as a Second Language (ESL) Links

Computer Learning

AHML Cardholders Only

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 preparation
  • American culture

Beginning ESL Class

Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room
Classes start on January 15, 2015.

This free class is cosponsored by District 214 and the Village of Arlington Heights.

Tea & Talk

Wednesday, June 10, 1:30–3 p.m. / Hendrickson Room

Improve your conversation skills at this monthly social group conversation. Everyone is welcome. 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.

Read To Learn 2015

Tuesdays,  February 10 - April 28, 9:30 a.m.–noon / Hendrickson Room

Wednesdays, February 11 - April 29, 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room

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 $10 per class for materials is requested.



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Visual Thesaurus

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

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

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