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.

East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center

302 S. Birch St., Urbana, IL 61801
Provides one/one translation services in French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), and Arabic. Charges start at $25/document.

English Center USA (UIUC)

1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Offers tutoring and both part-time and full-time English classes to international students, visiting scholars, and their families in Champaign-Urbana. Tuition fees apply. Please call for more information and class times.

English Corner

810 W. Oregon Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
Provides gatherings for conversation practice, opportunities to learn about American culture, and field trips.

First Presbyterian Church of Champaign

302 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820
Offers beginning English classes. Monday through Thursday; 9 - 11 am.

 Intensive English Institute (UIUC)

507 E. Green St., Suite 401, Champaign, IL 61820
The Intensive English Institution offers two main programs: The Intensive English Program and Special Group Programs

Etc. Coffeehouse (UIUC)

1203 W. Green St., corner of Green and Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801
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.

International Student and Scholar Services

600 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820
Current English conversation schedules in Champaign-Urbana

Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church

1913 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign, IL 61821
Informal class provided on conversational English and American culture. Childcare provided on certain days.
Current Conversation Schedule

Parkland College

2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821
Offers free classes in basic communication skills for everyday life to all refugees, immigrants, and non-native speakers with limited English proficiency. These are beginning to intermediate classes. Classes are scheduled at various times and locations throughout Parkland's district.

Project Read (Parkland College)
2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821
Provides free tutoring to adults seeking to improve their reading, writing, and/or ESL skills.

Urbana Adult Education

211 N. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801
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.

University  YMCA: Immigrant and Refugee Resources

1001 S. Wright St. , Champaign, IL 61820
Organizations that provide services for immigrants and refugees such as translation, case management, and assistance with applications. Advocacy organizations in Champaign County that work to create greater awareness and promote positive political change.

For English resources in the Champaign-Urbana area, see UIUC's Linguistics Department website.
International Student and Scholar Services publications/english/englang.html
Note: see for current English conversation schedule.

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