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ESL Community Education

Learn English in a friendly and comfortable environment

Registration deadline for Fall classes is September 12, 2019

LMC offers Community Education English as a Second Language (ESL) classes that provide instruction in American English language and culture. These integrated skills and focused skills classes help you to develop communication skills to prepare you for entering college or employment. Enrolled students must be at least 18 years old.

Classes are offered throughout the year at our Benton Harbor campus. Classes are taught by language teachers who hold a Master’s in TESOL qualification and have at least five years’ experience teaching English to adults for the purposes of work, living, and social integration.

Students receive a certificate of completion for 80% or more class attendance and successful participation in the class. 

Class size
about 6 – 16 students per class

Levels
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Skills

  • Integrated skills (Beginner or Intermediate)
  • Conversation and Culture (Upper-intermediate and Advanced)
  • Email Writing (Upper-intermediate and Advanced)
  • TOEFL iBT Test Preparation (Advanced-level students only)

Times
Classes meet two days each week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) for 2 hours each class session (4 hours total per week).

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Fall 2019 Classes

Benton Harbor Campus

Integrated Skills: Beginner Level

Description: This is a speaking, reading, writing, and listening class designed for beginner-level students. Special attention is given to grammar and vocabulary building. Topics covered are decided by the instructor based on students’ needs. 

Time: Monday/Wednesday from 6PM – 8PM 
Dates: September 23 – November 13
Cost: $320

Integrated Skills: Intermediate Level

Description: This is a speaking, reading, writing, and listening class designed for intermediate-level students. Special attention is given to grammar and vocabulary building. Topics covered are decided by the instructor based on students’ needs.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 6PM – 8PM 
Dates: September 24 – November 14
Cost: $320

Conversation and Culture: Upper-Intermediate/Advanced

Description: This is a speaking, reading, and listening class designed for proficient students. Topics covered are about American culture and are decided by the instructor based on students’ interests.

Time: Monday/Wednesday from 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Dates: September 23 – November 13
Cost: $320

Conversation and Culture: Upper-Intermediate/Advanced

Description: This is a speaking, reading, and listening class designed for proficient students. Topics covered are about American culture and are decided by the instructor based on students’ interests.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 6PM – 8PM
Dates: September 24 – November 14
Cost: $320

TOEFL iBT Test Preparation (4-week class)

Description: Test preparation course that helps familiarize students with the format of the TOEFL iBT test. Each week will focus on one specific section of the test (speaking, listening, reading, writing). This class is designed for advanced-level students looking to study at a U.S. college or university in the near future.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 12PM – 2PM
Dates: September 24 – October 17 
Cost: $230

Email Writing (4-week class)

Description: This is a communication writing class designed for high-intermediate and advanced level students. Topics covered are email etiquette and formatting, sentence structures, and vocabulary-building.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 12PM – 2PM
Dates: October 22 – November 14
Cost: $160

Niles Campus

Integrated Skills: Beginner Level

Description: This is a speaking, reading, writing, and listening class designed for beginner-level students. Special attention is given to grammar and vocabulary building. Topics covered are decided by the instructor based on students’ needs. 

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 6PM – 8PM 
Dates: September 24 – November 14
Cost: $320

Integrated Skills: Intermediate Level

Description: This is a speaking, reading, writing, and listening class designed for intermediate-level students. Special attention is given to grammar and vocabulary building. Topics covered are decided by the instructor based on students’ needs.

Time: Monday/Wednesday from 6PM – 8PM 
Dates: September 23 – November 13
Cost: $320

Conversation and Culture: Mixed Abilities

Description: This is a speaking, reading, and listening class designed for intermediate- and advanced-level language learners. Topics covered are about American culture and are decided by the instructor based on students’ interests and abilities.

Time: Monday/Wednesday from 6PM – 8PM
Dates: September 23 – November 13
Cost: $320

TOEFL iBT Test Preparation (4-week class)

Description: Test preparation course that helps familiarize students with the format of the TOEFL iBT test. Each week will focus on one specific section of the test (speaking, listening, reading, writing). This class is designed for advanced-level students looking to study at a U.S. college or university in the near future.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 11AM – 1PM
Dates: October 22 – November 14 
Cost: $230

South Haven Campus

Integrated Skills: Beginner Level

Description: This is a speaking, reading, writing, and listening class designed for beginner-level students. Special attention is given to grammar and vocabulary building. Topics covered are decided by the instructor based on students’ needs. 

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 6PM – 8PM 
Dates: September 24 – November 14
Cost: $320

Conversation and Culture: Mixed Abilities

Description: This is a speaking, reading, and listening class designed for intermediate- and advanced-level language learners. Topics covered are about American culture and are decided by the instructor based on students’ interests and abilities.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 6PM – 8PM
Dates: September 24 – November 14
Cost: $320
 

Class Placement

The ESL Program at LMC will recommend which classes you should take once you have completed your Continuing Education ESL program application and placement testing.

Testing Locations

You can take the ACCUPLACER ESL test at any of the following Lake Michigan College campuses:

Benton Harbor Campus  
(2755 E. Napier Avenue; Benton Harbor, MI 49022)           
Room: Todd Center 2107
Testing Center Phone: (269) 927-6173

Niles Campus  
(1905 Foundation Drive, Niles, MI 49120)               
Room: BC-111
Testing Center Phone: (269) 695-1391

South Haven Campus  
(125 Veterans Blvd., South Haven, MI 49090)       
Room: SH-123
Testing Center Phone: (269) 637-7500

Testing Center Hours
Visit the Testing Center web page to see when the testing offices are open. Go to the “Schedule a Test” section on that page. 

How to Register

Registration for Fall 2019 Community Education classes is from July 1, 2019 – September 12, 2019. To register, you will need to complete these three steps:

Step 1

Complete our electronic registration form (best done through Google Chrome Internet browser) with your personal information and language learning history. You will receive an immediate notice by email to verify that you have completed the form.

Step 2

The ESL Program will contact you with details on how to take the ACCUPLACER ESL placement test. You can take the test from July 15 – September 12, 2019. See the Testing Center web page for hours and locations. 

The test takes about 3 hours. Please plan to arrive at the testing center at least 3 hours before closing time. Testing centers will be closed on Fridays through July 29 and on Monday, Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday. 

You do not need to pay a fee to take the placement test. For more information about testing or to set up a time to take the ACCUPLACER ESL test, see the Testing Center web page. If have problems using the online test scheduler, email the date and time you wish to take the test.

Step 3

Once you take the placement test, the ESL Program will let you know which courses you can take based on your proficiency level. The program administrator will then enroll you in your class. 

Payments must be made online via debit card or credit card before 5:00PM on Friday, September 13. Once LMC receives payment, you will receive an email from the Director of ESL with first-day information about your class

Questions?

You can contact the ESL program at LMC by phone (269) 769-6284 or by email.
 

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