Hello English Hello Elgin offers information and resources for adult English language learners, providers of adult English learning services, organizations assisting learners, and individuals in the Elgin area.

The adult ELL services featured on this website are provided by Elgin area non-profit organizations and accredited educational institutions including The Literacy Connection, Elgin Community College, YWCA Elgin and the Gail Borden Public Library. Messages and event information is submitted by the staff. The learning resources on the website have been selected by librarians, teachers and tutors.

Funding for the website was provided by the American Dream Literacy Initiative.

Our Programs

Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is a community-based social services agency. In Elgin, it offers morning and afternoon English as a Second Language classes Monday through Thursday.

Registration: Classes are free and open to all. Contact Jim Pirovano for more information at 224.227.7499, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Main Library: 270 North Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120.
South Elgin Branch: 127 South McLean Blvd. South Elgin, IL 60177
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Registration Desk at 847-429-4597; via text message to 847-754-4599.
Pace bus 541 to Main Library
Pace bus 801 to South Elgin Branch
www.gailborden.info

Gail Borden Public Library District serves residents in Elgin, South Elgin and portions of Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Bartlett. The library’s mission is to be where imagination & transformation flourish, fueled by the power of community.

English for the Workplace and Power Pronunciation are courses of 6 or more weeks for intermediate to advanced level English language learners. They are held in partnership with the Literacy Connection.

Registration: Required. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for course schedules and registration

ECC Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123-7139, Building K, and satellite locations. Show on Map
847-214-6904
Pace bus 541
elgin.edu/students.aspx?id=386

Elgin Community College (ECC) is a post-secondary educational institution in Elgin which awards Associate of Arts degrees, certificates, continuing education and workforce development.

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction at ECC is for all non-native English speakers from any language, group or nationality. Instruction covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Registration: Required. All classes are offered free of charge to eligible immigrant students. Students on certain types of visas are not permitted to enroll in the free adult education program.

Main Library: 270 North Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120.
South Elgin Branch: 127 South McLean Blvd. South Elgin, IL 60177
Show Main Library on Map
Show South Elgin Branch on Map
Registration Desk at 847-429-4597; via text message to 847-754-4599.
Pace bus 541 to Main Library
Pace bus 801 to South Elgin Branch
www.gailborden.info

Gail Borden Public Library District serves residents in Elgin, South Elgin and portions of Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Bartlett. The libraryu2019s mission is to be where imagination & transformation flourish, fueled by the power of community.

The English Conversation group is a weekly drop-in program led by tutors from The Literacy Connection. Participants can practice having everyday conversations in English, improve their pronunciation and gain confidence.

Registration: Free of charge. Not required.

Main Library: 270 North Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120.
South Elgin Branch: 127 South McLean Blvd. South Elgin, IL 60177
Show Main Library on Map
Show South Elgin Branch on Map
Registration Desk at 847-429-4597; via text message to 847-754-4599.
Pace bus 541 to Main Library
www.gailborden.info

Gail Borden Public Library District serves residents in Elgin, South Elgin and portions of Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Bartlett. The libraryu2019s mission is to be where imagination & transformation flourish, fueled by the power of community.

Go Bilingual is a weekly drop-in program held from September to May. Native Spanish speakers learn English and native English speakers learn Spanish together, and have the opportunity to support each other and learn about their cultures.

Registration: Free of charge. Not required.

270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120 (second floor of the Gail Borden Public Library) Show on Map
847-742-6565
Pace bus 541
www.elginliteracy.org

The Literacy Connection, an affiliate of ProLiteracy, is a non-profit, community-based 501(c)(3) organization helping individuals acquire fundamental literacy skills and learn to read, write, speak and understand English.

English as a Second Language (ESL) provides individualized instruction by trained volunteer tutors to help non-English-speaking adults (over the age of 18) acquire the ability to read, write, speak and understand English.

Registration: Free of charge. Required. Please contact for appointment.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 9am - 4 pm; Friday 9am - 2pm

220 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL 60120 Show on Map
847-742-7930
Pace bus 541
www.ywcaelgin.org

The non-profit organization is the largest and oldest women\'s organization in the United States working in 101 countries promoting justice and women\'s empowerment.

The YWCA ESL program integrates conversational skills, basic computer skills, civic participation, job readiness and financial literacy.

Registration: Free. Required in January and September. Please contact for dates.

220 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL 60120 Show on Map
847-742-7930
Pace bus 541
www.ywcaelgin.org

The non-profit organization is the largest and oldest women\'s organization in the United States working in 101 countries promoting justice and women\'s empowerment.

The Family Literacy program annually enrolls 40 ESL families. It serves to u201cempower the parent to grow the child.u201d During the regular school year, (Sept u2013 May), adult ESL students attend ESL class while their children attend ESL preschool. On Fridays, the parent and child join together for special interactive activities.

Registration: Free. Required in January and September. Please contact for dates.