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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.

YWCA Elgin’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

We are mourning the cold-hearted and cruel killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department Officer as three fellow officers watched. Mr. Floyd’s killing reminds us that for far too long African Americans are much more likely to die at the hands of the police. Mr. Floyd is the latest and most vivid example of how black lives continue to be discarded.

Protesters are marching in the streets across the United States, in the greatest numbers since the 1960’s. It sends a strong message we must make changes now and end this cycle. It is imperative to end the institutional racism that infects our society.

The YWCA Elgin stands with Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA, who states, “We are outraged by the callous killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer – and similarly appalled by the inaction of three other officers who stood by watching as George Floyd endured unspeakable suffering, but addressing this specific incident alone won’t be enough to prevent future incidents of police violence against Black people, and people of color in America. Our country’s failure to address institutional racism is costing lives. Racism is why coronavirus is killing more people of color than white people. Racism is why police shootings are a leading cause of death for young Black men. Racism is why Black mothers die more frequently in childbirth. Racism has no place in the America we all deserve.”

We call on our national, state, and local leaders to immediately acknowledge the institutional racism in our society and to immediately implement change. The YWCA Elgin, along with the YWCA USA, is committed to racial justice, and we stand united in the fight for all for a fair and just society.

The Board of Directors, YWCA Elgin