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ESL Community Education

Learn English in a friendly and comfortable environment

Registration deadline for Summer classes is June 21, 2019
Registration deadline for Fall classes is September 20, 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

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


  • 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)

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


Summer 2019 Classes

Conversation and Culture (Low-intermediate level)

Monday/Wednesday from 6PM – 8PM
Dates: July 15 – August 7
Cost: $160

Conversation and Culture (Upper-intermediate – Advanced levels)

Tuesday/Thursday from 6PM – 8PM
Dates: July 9 – August 1
Cost: $160

Email Writing (Upper-intermediate – Advanced levels)

Tuesday/Thursday from 6PM – 8PM
Dates: July 8 – August 1 
Cost: $160

TOEFL iBT Test Preparation (Advanced-level only)

Monday/Wednesday from 6PM – 8PM
Dates: July 8 – July 31
Cost: $230

Monique Yoder, Director of ESL at LMC will recommend which classes you should take once you have completed a Community 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 Summer 2019 Community Education classes is from May 1, 2019 – June 21, 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 Director of ESL, Monique Yoder, will contact you with details on how to take the ACCUPLACER ESL placement test. You can take the test between May 6 and June 26, 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 Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday. Additionally, the testing centers will not be open on Fridays after May 24. 

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.

Step 3
Once you take the placement test, the Director of ESL will let you know which courses you can take based on your proficiency level. The director will then enroll you in your class. 

Payments must be made online via debit card or credit card before 10:00AM on Thursday, June 27. Once LMC receives payment, you will receive an email from the Director of ESL with first-day information about your class.


You can contact Monique Yoder, the Director of English as a Second Language at LMC by phone (269) 927-4557 or by email (

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