This is a list of language learning opportunities at the University of Illinois and the surrounding Urbana-Champaign Community. Please contact the programs directly.
University of Illinois Resources for Students and Employees
University of Illinois ESL Courses
• For Undergraduate Students: ESL 110, 111-112, 115
• For Graduate Students: ESL 510, 511-512, 515, 521-522, 592, 593
• For Current and Prospective International Teaching Assistants: ESL 504, 506, 508
• For Postdoctoral Researchers, Faculty, Staff, and Visiting Scholars: ESL 510, 592, 593
The University of Illinois ESL Program hosts a list of approved tutors anyone interested in additional language support: https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/english-second-language/student-resources/english-second-language-tutors
University of Illinois Library Resources
- A guide to support international students in ESL 112 and 115 and beyond: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/eslundergrad
- A guide to the University Library for English as a Second Language graduate students: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/esl
- Writers’ Workshop, 251 Undergraduate Library: http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/
Other English Language Opportunities for You and Your Family
University of Illinois Special English Class (SEC)
The Special English Class (SEC) is an intensive English conversation class for non-UIUC students, offered by the teaching practicum for the MATESL program in the Linguistics Department. The SEC is usually offered in the Fall and Spring semesters (please check the website to see if the class is being offered). Registration for placement interviews begins at the start of the semester. For more information about the SEC and to contact the coordinator: http://publish.illinois.edu/special-english-class/
University of Illinois Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP)
IFLIP offers low-cost, non-credit English as a Second Language classes open to everyone. Classes meet during Winter and Summer breaks. Morning and evening options available. For more information, please visit: https://slcl.illinois.edu/engagement/iflip
University of Illinois Intensive English Institute
507 E. Green Street, Suite 401, Champaign
Phone: 217 333-6598
Parkland College Adult Education
Offers FREE classes in Basic Communication Skills for Everyday Life to all refugees and immigrants, and non-native speakers with limited English proficiency. There are also tuition based Pre-college ESL and Intensive ESL classes available
Urbana Adult Education
Urbana Adult Education offers free beginning and intermediate classes and advanced English classes for a fee. They cover listening, speaking, reading and writing. To enroll, call or go their office to make an appointment for a placement test or for further information.
Call 217 384-3530 for more information
Address: 211 N. Race Street, Urbana, IL
Project READ/ESL: For a free tutor for basic ESL skills, contact Project READ at the Champaign Public Library, Champaign.
Privately Hosted ESL Institutes
The English Center
The school offers intensive English programs that are designed to develop English skills quickly and prepare students to communicate effectively.
1001 S. Wright Street Champaign, Illinois. For more information, please call (217) 344-3310 or go to http://www.englishcenter.com/englishcenter/home.html
International Hospitality Committee
Conversation classes. Free, but a textbook required for some classes. Classes held at various locations, including Orchard Downs and the basement lounge of the Goodwin & Green apartments at 300 South Goodwin, Urbana
Contact Vivienne Mackie at 328-1569, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please go to https://isss.illinois.edu/training-programs/ihc/index.html
International Friend/Host Family Program
Contact Nancy McGlathery
ESL Classes Offered by Local Churches
Temple Baptist Church
Free classes on Thursdays 6-8:30 p.m., childcare and transportation provided.
First United Methodist Church of Urbana
Offers conversational English class twice a week: Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM; registration is required before participating in the class.
Note: Due to COVID-19, they currently are not holding any ESL classes.
Address: 304 S. Race Street, Urbana
Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church
Free English conversation classes. Groups are small and informal. For days and times contact the church at email@example.com or telephone 217-355-5947.
1913 S Mattis Ave, Champaign (between Kirby Ave and Windsor Rd)
First Presbyterian Church of Champaign
English Classes which focus on improving English language skills for adults. Four levels of English instruction are available. Need to contact ESL Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for ESL classes.
Note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the classes are all online through Zoom, until further notice.
302 W. Church Street., Champaign
Social Gatherings and Conversation Groups
This English Corner is held Monday through Saturday at various times. Please choose the time and location and sign up via the website before joining group discussions.The purpose of this weekly meeting is to give international students an opportunity to practice English with American students in a comfortable setting. Learn more at https://www.englishcorneruiuc.us/conversation-groups.html
The Etc. Coffeehouse at the corner of Goodwin and Green hosts an English Conversation meeting on Fridays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. See their website at http://wesleyui.org/studentcenter/international
International Friendship Link
This organization is part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UIUC. Their group consists of UIUC students and members of the community. They look to build friendships with international students, visiting scholars, postdocs and their families through informal events that they sponsor. Website: http://ifcinfo.com/home
Other Conversation Tables
Almost every language that is studied on this campus has either a conversation table, in which just the language that is studied is spoken, or a language exchange meeting, in which half the time is spent in one language, and half the time in English. Explore the departmental websites for the University of Illinois School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics to find out more! Website: https://slcl.illinois.edu/academics/departments