ESL Resources


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Resources in Champaign-Urbana including the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and other community groups that help people learn English.

Advanced Tutoring

217/493-1273
Offers English lessons in a variety of formats. Prices vary.
advancedtutoringcu.weebly.com

CUFAIR

201 West Kenyon Road, Suite 4-A, Champaign, IL 61820
217/344-8455
Provides housing assistance and case management services.
cufair-us.com

East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center

201 West Kenyon Road, Suite 4D, Champaign, IL 61820
217/344-8455
The Refugee Center provides services in seven languages: English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Russian, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Services can be arranged in other languages at request.
therefugeecenter-cu.org

English Center USA

1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820
217/334-3310
Provides gatherings for conversation practice, opportunities to learn about American culture, and field trips. Meeting locations and times can vary.
englishcenter.com

English Corner

810 W. Oregon Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
Provides gatherings for conversation practice, opportunities to learn about American culture, and field trips. Meeting locations and times can vary.
illinoisaxiom.com/english-corner

Etc. Coffeehouse

1203 W. Green St., corner of Green and Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801
217/344-1120
Come enjoy free coffee, tea, fruit juice and snacks while practicing English with American volunteers and other students. Friday 4-6 pm. ESL class Friday   3-4 pm.
wesleyui.org/etc

First Presbyterian Church of Champaign

302 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
217/356-7238
Offers beginning English classes, must be 18yrs or older. Monday through Thursday; 9-11:00 am. Free of charge, donations welcome.
firstchurchchampaign.org/esl

First United Methodist Church of Urbana

304 S. Race Street, Urbana, IL 61801
217/367-8384
Offers FREE conversational English classes Beginners Level I and Level II that meet on Thursdays at 9am. Registration not necessary, drop-ins welcome.  
fumc-urbana.org/ministries

The Immigration Project

505 West University Avenue, Suite 214, Champaign, IL 61820
309/829-8703
Provides immigrant application assistance, counseling & referrals, crime victim assistance, citizenship assistance, and DACA assistance.
immigrationproject.org

International Hospitality Committee

600 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820
217/328-1569
English classes offered, also has information on Friendship Groups and International Friends Program.
isss.illinois.edu

International Women’s Connection

Twin City Bible Church, 810 West Michigan Street, Urbana IL 61801 
217/344-0641
Conversation group for women.
rkrehbiel@isiwebnet.net

Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church

1913 S. Mattis Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821
217/355-5947
Free informal classes provided on conversational English and American culture. Classes are 1-hour long. Childcare provided on certain days, check website for schedule.
mattisave.org/english-conversation
Current Conversation Schedule

Parkland College

2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821
217/351-2217
Offers free classes in Basic Communication Skills for Everyday Life to all refugees and immigrants, and non-native speakers with limited English proficiency. These are beginning to intermediate classes.
parkland.edu/English-As-A-Second-Language

Project Read at Parkland College

2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821
217/353-2662
Provides free tutoring to adults seeking to improve their reading, writing, math and/or ESL skills. Check site for drop-in locations and times. The Wesley Food Pantry location offers free childcare, requests must be made 2 days in advance.
parkland.edu/English-As-A-Second-Language

St. Andrew's Lutheran Campus Center

909 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL, 61820
217/344-1593
Free ESL class for intermediate level speakers every Tuesday from 10-11:30am or 2-3:30 pm.
lutherancampuscenter.org/esl-class

Temple Baptist Church

1100 Broadmoor, Champaign, IL 61821
217/356-5685
Free ESL classes on Thursdays 6-8:30 pm, childcare and transportation provided.
www.tbcchampaign.com

Three Spinners

201 W. Kenyon Rd. Suite 4-A, Champaign, IL 61820
872/302-7746
Provides housing and other support for refugees and immigrants.
threespinners.org

University of Illinois Intensive English Institute 

507 E Green St, Suite 401, Champaign, IL 61820
217/333-6598
Offers summer, fall and spring courses for their Intensive English Program and offers special group programs. Tuition fees apply.
iei.illinois.edu

University of Illinois Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP)

Foreign Languages Building, 707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
217/244-3252
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.
slcl.illinois.edu/engagement/iflip

University of Illinois Special English Class (SEC)

Foreign Languages Building, 707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
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 each semester.
publish.illinois.edu/special-english-class/


University YMCA New American Welcome Center

1001 South Wright Street , Champaign, IL 61820
217/417-5897
Provides services including La Línea Helpline, citizenship classes, legal assistance, and Welcoming Week.
universityymca.org/welcome

Urbana Adult Education

211 North Race Street, Urbana, IL 61801
217/384-3530
Offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced level English classes. Sessions focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Call to make an appointment for a placement test or for further information.
urbanaadulteducation.org/english-as-a-second-language



For English resources in the Champaign-Urbana area, see UIUC's Linguistics Department website.
linguistics.illinois.edu/students/esl/ESLopportunities

International Student and Scholar Services
isss.illinois.edu

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