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!