The main spoken language in Chicago is obviously English. But the second language that is very useful to speak is Spanish. Indeed, there is a very large community of Spanish-speakers in the city. If you speak English and Spanish both fluently before your arrival it is a huge advantage for you or your spouse, especially if s/he would like to work in Chicago. Indeed, very often speaking Spanish is a plus or even required.
Where to learn English:
|Names and websites||Location||Comments|
|Intrax International Institute
|Located downtown on Michigan Avenue, opposite of the Millenium Park.||They have Adult English programs with standard schedule to extra intensive schedule. For your information, this institute also prepares students to TOEFL and TOEIC.|
|Berlitz||Located downtown on North Lassale Street, in the heart of Chicago Financial District.||Berlitz is internationally known and has schools scattered all around the world.
They have their own teaching method and offer online and face to face instruction.
|Truman College||Located close to Wrigleyville in the North side of Chicago, Truman College is one of the City Colleges of Chicago.
It is important to know that “the Adult Education Program works in partnership with a variety of community organizations and agencies to offer classes at a variety of locations in the northeast part of the city” (Truman College Website).
For more details, check http://www.trumancollege.edu/adulted/outposts.php
|Truman College offers Adult Education Programs and Continuing Education Programs. English as a Second Language (ESL) is one of the class of the Adult Education Program this College provides for non-native speakers of English.|
Where to learn Spanish:
Instituto Cervantes: http://chicago.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm
The best place in Chicago to learn Spanish!