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Gary C.

Gary C.

I Teach English, Writing, Public Speaking, Business & Management Your lessons will be interesting and exciting because we will use materials from business and other interesting subjects What is the most popular English accent of all? — It is US English as seen in cinema, music, television. It is also the easiest accent to understand and learn. My experience in journalism, photography, research, tourism, ranching, and real estate will help make lessons exciting. I’ve also been a Green Beret, a rodeo rider, a pilot, a businessman, and a movie extra. I have published 5 books and over 3000 people read my online articles each month. My photos have been published in print, online, and in The New York Times. I have taught for companies such as Century 21, Nevada Association of REALTORS, US Army, US Navy, Halliburton, Venture Realty International, and the National Association of REALTORS I love to teach advanced business English. I can help you with better presentations, emails, resumes, reports, and even interview skills. You will get powerful and effective classes with lots of tips and suggestions for improving your English. If you are not fluent or talk slowly, that does not matter --- in fact, that is a great reason to be here. Just be ready to talk about your favorite topics. Now - I have one more question for you. Do you want to improve your English? If so, I hope to see you soon in class!!
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Jeanne P.

Jeanne P.

English is the language of the world! I'm amazed at how many bilingual people there are now living in Mexico, where I live. Aren't you ready to be one of them? Whether your areas of need are academic reading and writing or casual speaking, I can help you to improve your skills. We will use a variety of online sources and books as the classes progress. I've got almost 15 years of experience teaching all aspects of ESL: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Coupled with a Master's degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in TESL, I'm fully qualified to help you bring your English language skills to the next level. My accent is a neutral North American accent and I can teach you how to mimic me and other Americans so that you can understand and be understood. I look forward to working with you!
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Learn English as a Second Language in Chicago

There are 18 countries where a majority of the population is native English speakers. Out of the 7.5 billion people in the world, 20% speak English. But only about 360 million of these are native speakers. If you want to learn English as a second language, you certainly won't be alone!

English is, by far, the most studied language in the world. Across the globe, English dominates industries like business, medicine, and education. Those who learn the language gain access to countless opportunities professionally. Personally, learning English gives you the opportunity to make friends in places all around the world — from America to Zimbabwe.

Benefits of Taking ESL Classes in Chicago

If you choose to study English in Chicago, you'll have plenty of company. Of the roughly 7.7 million people living in this city, about 30% speak a language other than English at home. Plus, Chicago's last census taken between 2006 and 2010 counted just over 400,000 Chicago residents who reported that they speak English “less than well.”

When learning English as a second language in Chicago, you’ll join thousands of people who are learning, just like you. The ESL English, Coffee, Conversation and Friendship Meetup group has over 4,000 members! If you're looking for a smaller group to practice with, there’s also the Oak Park English Conversation Cafe Group, or the Chicago Accent Reduction Group to work on your pronunciation.

Plus, located in the heart of Middle America, Chicago makes a great place to get acquainted with U.S. culture and sports. While you learn English in Chicago, get tickets to see a Cubs baseball game and chow down on a hotdog at Wrigley Field. Or, grab a beer at the Field House sports bar to catch a Bulls basketball game, cheer on the Blackhawks in hockey, and watch the Bears play American football.

Learning with an ESL Teacher in Chicago

When you're ready to learn English in Chicago, browse through our directory over 200 top-rated teachers. Taking English classes in Chicago can help you improve grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing, and conversation skills while working with a tutor who makes learning simple and fun.

Our tutors are available for students of all ages and those with special needs. For even more personalization in your lessons, look for an instructor who speaks your native language. Our highly rated tutor Michael H. specializes in teaching Chinese and Korean students because he is also fluent in those languages.

One review wrote- "Michael is an unbelievable ESL teacher. He can speak Chinese, and I am from China so it helps a lot with learning English in our classes. Highly recommend him!"

Finding an ESL Tutor in Chicago

In our directory, you'll find a variety of qualified and experienced tutors who are available for private ESL classes in Chicago. We also have tutors located in nearby communities like Niles, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, and Des Plaines. Or, if you prefer to study remotely, you can sign up for an online ESL class in Chicago.

The great part about studying with an English tutor in Chicago is all the wonderful locations where you can see the sights and meet for a lesson at the same time. Practice animal vocabulary at the Lincoln Park Zoo, discuss science at the Field Museum, or talk art at the Art Institute of Chicago. You can even schedule an outdoor class at Millennium Park.

Making the Most of English Classes in Chicago

Before you begin learning ESL in Chicago, be sure you have everything you need for your first lesson. Drop by Blick Art Materials to purchase a fresh notebook, new pens, highlighters, flashcards, and sticky notes. Then drop into the Unabridged Bookstore to select some helpful reading materials. Comics and illustrated children's books are an excellent way to practice.  

After you've had a few lessons and feel more comfortable getting around in an English-speaking place, venture out and enjoy the culture. Choose activities that exercise your English comprehension. We recommend seeing a show at a comedy club, like The Laugh Factory or The Comedy Bar.

You can also see a play at the Theater on the Lake or visit Navy Pier to enjoy carnival rides, shops, restaurants, and fireworks. However you practice ESL in Chicago, you're sure to master the language faster by immersing yourself in the local culture.

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