Learn English (ESL)
Find your home at Harper College.
You are an important part of the Harper College community. Join us and learn English with people of all ages from all over the world. Are you a beginner English learner? Click here to learn about free classes just for you.
Summer and Fall classes available with in-person and online options.
Next classes start October 17th; Spring classes January 17th
With online ESL, you get
- Flexibility in your studies (most classes have no set schedule)
- Highly trained faculty working with you
- Free faculty tutors
- Online ESL Resources for home learning
- Conversation partners with native speakers
- To study anywhere in the world with Harper ESL
Harper ESL offers
- A full-time Intensive English Program (IEP)
- A variety of courses in our English Language Program (ELP)
- intermediate and advanced level ESL classes
- Grammar, Pronunciation, Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary, and Writing classes
- Health Care ESL and Business Communication Skills for ESL
- Independent study classes
- A course series for high level students in our English Series for Professionals (ESP)
- Affordable cost. 9,700+ students of all ages and backgrounds were awarded $27 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers through Harper College (FY19). This may cover tuition/fees, living expenses, dependent care and more. Our experts are here to assist you.
- Dedicated ESL advising services - schedule an advisor appointment online .PDF
- Experienced faculty and staff
- State-of-the-art audio/video language lab
- Free ESL tutoring (for currently enrolled ESL students)
- Conversation Café/ International Students Club
Information for New ESL Students
If you will be a new Harper student, please complete the online application and schedule a testing appointment to get started.
For students with less than nine years of education in your native country or no knowledge of English, learn about classes just for you.
If you are interested in studying to become an ESL teacher, please visit the Linguistic Department web page.
Read about our students and alumni.
Please consider making a donation to support the ESL program.
Need a laptop for class? Borrow one today! Harper College has Chromebooks available to be borrowed by students enrolled in the Fall semester. To borrow a laptop, fill out the Technology Request Form.