English Classes

The Japan America Society of Chicago presents: 

English Conversation Classes 

シカゴ日米協会 英会話クラス 

Enjoy learning and practicing English in a small interactive group setting!  Classes will focus on speaking and listening, while expanding students’ vocabulary and fluency. 

Students will be encouraged to make suggestions about class topics. 



Class Title


10:00am-12:00pm Tue 6/4 – 7/23 Arlington Heights, IL


Wed6/5 – 7/24 Shaumburg, IL

Fri6/7 – 7/26 Lincolnshire, IL Diana
English I*

6:30pm-8:30pmTue6/4 – 7/23 Arlington Heights, IL

Business English II*6:00pm-8:00pm

Thurs6/6 – 8/1Schaumburg, ILTanya
Downtown Beginning 1:00pm-3:00pm

Tue6/4 – 7/23Chicago, ILMiranda

10:30pm-12:30pmTue6/4 – 7/23 Chicago, ILMiranda

*Business I: Basic Business conversation course for newcomers to the US or those who need to build confidence speaking in a business environment.   

*Business II: Intermediate to Advances conversation course for those who have experience living in an English speaking country or doing business in English, and have a TOEIC score of 600 or higher.

*Business English I : ビジネス英会話基礎コース。アメリカに来て間もない方、ビジネスの場での英語に自信を付けたい方向け

*Business English II: ビジネス英会話中級~上級コース。英語圏に住んだ経験、英語を使って仕事をした経験がある方、TOEIC スコアが600点位もし くはそれ以上の方向け


Arlington Heights:Comfort Inn(2120 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005)

Linconshire: ESL Associates, Lincolnshire City Park Corporate Center (250 Parkway Drive Suite 150 Lincolnshire, IL 60069)

Schaumburg:1900 E Golf Road, Suite 950, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Downtown Chicago:Japan America Society of Chicago(One North LaSalle Street, Suite 2475 Chicago, IL 60602)

Teacher Information:

Ms. Diana Keider: Diana has been teaching ESL for over twenty years and is the founder and Director of ESL Associates, a language training service specializing in one on one instruction and small groups with offices in Schaumburg and Lincolnshire. Diana is the main supervisor for all classes.  

Ms. Trisha Rich: Trisha has been teaching ESL for seventeen years, mostly to corporate executives and their families. She has a BA in English from the University of Michigan, along with a TESL certification.   

Mr. August A. GarnseyAugust A. Garnsey has teaching experience in ESL programs and TESOL. He has a BA in Business and a CELTA (TEFL/TESOL certificate) from The University of Cambridge. He also has corporate experience working in business and has traveled to Japan many times.  

Ms. Tanya Handkins: Tanya has been teaching ESL for 16 years including 7 years in South Korea. She holds a BS in Business Operations and M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership. Additionally, she holds TESOL certifications from the American TESOL Institute for both children and adults along with TEFL certification from the International Teacher Training Organization. 

Ms. Miranda Steffens: Miranda holds a Master’s degree in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Knox College. She spent one year living in Paris teaching English, one year in NYC teaching Business English and is currently teaching ESL at St Augustine College. She is a published writer and gives readings of her work throughout Chicago.  

Terms & Conditions: 

Please note that completion of this form will serve as your reservation. You will receive a phone call only if the class minimum is not met. If a minimum number of students is not reached, the class will be cancelled and payments refunded. Students are expected to attend all classes so that all students can proceed in their learning at the same pace. If the instructor is absent, the term may be extended.  To be considered enrolled in the class, prepayment is required. We accept payment by Credit card, Check, Cash, and Money Order. If, after attending the first class, one does not feel the course meets his/her needs, a student may transfer to another level, or receive a refund. The Society must be informed of such an intent within 24 hours after the first class is held. No exceptions will be considered, and refunds will not be issued if students contact JASC after 24 hours.