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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The YWCA Elgin offers English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) to adults that want to improve their English. Our classes include the spoken language, writing, use of computers and tablets, group activities involving public issues, job readiness, basic health education, and information about how to managing money. The YWCA Elgin makes learning fun! During the school year students go on field trips, play games, enjoy hands on activities, and even throw parties.

Once students graduate to the higher levels they are able to take specialized courses that will help them prepare for their future.


Are you interested in English classes but have a child that needs to come to school with you? The YWCA Elgin also has a Family Literacy program that enrolls 40 ESL families every year for more information click here.

Class Schedule

Adult ESL classes are run at the YWCA in downtown Elgin, IL. September through May. We offer classes in the morning or at night and follow the U-46 Holiday Schedule.

Students taking morning classes will need to come to class Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Students taking night classes will need to come to class two days per week, either on Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

How to Sign Up

Are you or someone you know interested in learning English? You can signup for our classes during one of our two registration events. We have one in late August and another in the beginning of January. If you have questions, please call Alejandrina at the YWCA, 847.742.7930.


The YWCA Elgin partners with other organization in order to offer a well-rounded education to our students. A few of our community partners are Advocate Aurora Health, Gail Borden Public Library, Illinois Community College Board, and Altrusa International of Elgin.

Cinderella’s Closet has been canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
This event will not be rescheduled. If you are in need of a dress, please contact Sherry Kinser, Cinderella’s Closet Coordinator, at skinser@ywcaelgin.org to schedule an appointment.

YWCA Elgin Program/Event Updates

03.21.2020 UPDATE – Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Illinois Governor Pritzker’s shelter-in-place order, the YWCA Elgin will be temporarily closed in order to ensure the safety of our clients, staff, and the entire community. Please check back or follow us on social media for updates.

School Age Child Care (SACC) will be closed until April 7th.

Adult Education (English as a Second Language) will be canceled until further notice.

Family Literacy will be canceled until further notice.

Thank you for understanding. We hope everyone stays safe during this time and we look forward to returning to our regular schedule soon.