Learn the language to improve job hunt

July 16, 2009

Are you new to the Chicago? Welcome. Bienvenidos. Do you want to improve your English? The City's Chicago Workforce Center offers literacy and English as a Second Language courses and workshops throughout the city. The best part? These services are free for job seekers. For other opportunities, check out these programs: Some of the Chicago Public libraries have special sections for ESL students. Can't find a book at your local branch? The Learning Express Library lets users take online practice tests for the TOEFL and U.S. naturalization exams. Some of the review information has instructions for these tests in Spanish. You need a Chicago Public Library card to use the online resources. When you register, use your library card number as your username. Literacy Chicago, 17 North State St., Suite 900, (312) 870-1100, offers tuition-free programs for adults interested in learning and improving English. Programs include adult literacy classes, GED preparation and English as a second language courses. For information on class locations and times, call (312) 870-1100, or e-mail info@literacychicago.org. Literacydirectory.org is an online listing of literacy and ESL programs in the U.S. You can select your location by zip code or city and state and choose from literacy, GED preparation or ESL courses in your area.