Adult Education

What We Do

CMAA’s Adult Education Program provides free education to adult immigrants and refugees in both our Chicago and Elgin locations. We offer free English as a Second Language (ESL), civics, citizenship, healthcare bridge, and computer literacy classes as well as individual ESL tutoring. Our goal is to help adults obtain the skills necessary to become successful in entering employment or postsecondary education, to become self-sufficient citizens, and to achieve their individual ambitions.

1,010

Students served through Adult Education classes this year

440

Students advanced a minimum of 2 reading grade levels this year

20

Students who became U.S. Citizens this year

38

Clients earned CPR and First Aid certification this year

 

Free English Education

Free Citizenship Education

Free Contextualized Healthcare Literacy Education

Mandarin-Language Workshops

Free English Tutoring

Free English Education - ELGIN

Free English Education

Funded by the Illinois Community College Board

 

CMAA provides free ESL classes to adult immigrants and refugees with limited English proficiency. Classes are offered in levels ranging from beginner to advanced and focus on preparing students for integration into the workforce and society. Higher-level students are offered civics-focused ESL classes that cover information about citizenship, health resources, community resources, and other important topics. All classes integrate employability skills and workforce readiness skills to prepare students for the workforce and/or further education.

 

Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evenings during the week and on Saturdays. We offer four terms: summer, fall, winter, and spring. Students are asked to commit to the full length of the class term and attend all classes.

 

CMAA offers classes at our site in Chicago and our site in Elgin. Please contact Caroline Kwak at carolinek@chinesemutualaid.org  or 773-784-2900 ext. 120 for classes in Chicago, and call Jim Pirovano at (224) 227- 7499 for classes in Elgin. In addition to classes, CMAA offers transition services and career pathways to all adult education students by providing individualized case management.

For more information, please contact :
Caroline Kwak 
at carolinek@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 120 for more details.

 

Free Contextualized Healthcare Literacy Education

Funded by the Illinois Community College Board, CMAA's Healthcare Employment Preparation Program offers healthcare literacy courses and holistic case management to program participants. The class is for adult learners interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.  The class focuses on strengthening participants’ employability skills, English reading and writing skills, and preparing students to enter a career within the healthcare industry or pursue further educational opportunities. Students will receive exposure to healthcare industry professions and earn an Adult/Pediatric CPR & First Aid Certification from the American Red Cross.
 

For more information, please contact :

Casey Moore at caseym@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 125 for more details.

 

Free English Tutoring

Funded by the Illinois Secretary of State, CMAA offers free English tutoring to adult English-language learners. Students meet with volunteer tutors for one to two hours a week at a convenient meeting time and location. Lesson plans are tailored to meet the individual needs of the students.

This service is made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

For more information, please contact :

Caroline Kwak at carolinek@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 120 for more details.

 

Free Citizenship Education

Funded by the New Americans Initiative, CMAA offers free citizenship education for individuals preparing for the United States’ naturalization interview. In class, students learn about U.S. history and government to prepare for the 100 Civics questions as well as practice the English language skills necessary for the interview.

 

Class participants must pass an English test before enrolling in the class.

For more information, please contact :
Caroline Kwak at carolinek@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 120 for more details.

 

Mandarin-Language Workshops

Interested in learning Mandarin? CMAA offers Mandarin-language workshops for a fee.

For more information, please contact :
Emily Tolzmann at emilyt@chinesemutualaid.org or 872-302-4252 for more information.

 

ADULT EDUCATION - ELGIN

Funded by the Illinois Community College Board and the Grand Victoria Foundation, CMAA Elgin provides free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to adult immigrants and refugees with limited English proficiency. We serve students from beginning literacy to advanced level English, preparing students for success in U.S. society and the workforce. Classes are currently offered in the morning and afternoon throughout the year. Students are asked to commit to the full length of the class term and attend all classes.

For more information, please contact :

Joy Pak at (224) 227-7499 or joyp@chinesemutualaid.org for ESL classes in Elgin. CMAA Elgin is located at 164 Division Street #305 in Elgin, Illinois.

 

Our Testimonials

Nikolay | From Ukraine

"For me, CMAA is very important because I can study English to communicate with American people, attend university or improve my professional skills in engineering and mechanics."

Gene From Ethiopia

"When I come my first time here, I cannot speak, write, I cannot [do] anything. After that, CMAA helps me with my English class, computer class, and to get a job. Now I can talk to customers at [my work], my boss, and my doctor."

Xiaodong | From China

"I study English [at CMAA]. The teacher is very good. I want independence for myself. If I don't study English, I [can't] do anything." 

CHICAGO

1016 W. Argyle Street
Chicago, IL 60640

Tel:  (773) 784-2900  

Fax: (773) 784-2984

Email: info@chinesemutualaid.org

ELGIN

164 Division St. #305

Elgin, IL 60120

Tel:  (847) 289-1138  

Fax: (844) 269-7844

Email: cmaaelgin@chinesemutualaid.org

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