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Learn English in a friendly and comfortable environment
about 6 – 16 students per class
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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 taught by experienced language teachers that have previously taught English to adults for the purpose of work, living and social integration.
Students receive a certificate of completion for 80% or more class attendance and successful participation in the class.
ESL Classes Fall 2020
Due to COVID-19, all Summer ESL classes will be offered ONLINE, using the app titled ZOOM.
You will need Internet access to connect to the class. During class time, the ESL instructor will help students engage in conversation, listening, and writing activities, among others.
Classes will meet two days each week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) for 1.5 hours each class session. Students will also work for an hour on an online platform provided by the textbook publisher. More details will be provided during the first class.
Dates: September 14 - November 18 for Monday and Wednesday classes
September 15 - November 19 for Tuesday and Thursday classes
Cost per class (10 weeks; cost includes the e-textbook): $280.
Integrated Skills – Beginner Level
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 6-7:30 p.m.
Integrated Skills – Intermediate Level
This is a speaking, reading, writing, and listening class designed for intermediate-level students. The goal is to help students develop the necessary language skills to communicate effectively in their community and/or workplace.
Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Reading and Writing – Upper-intermediate
This class focuses on developing academic skills for reading and writing, to prepare a student for college-level classes. Through the class, students will learn how to make inferences, synthesize information, reason and argument, etc. It is a good class for those planning on taking an entry-level examination at a US college such as Accuplacer, SAT and others.
Time: Monday/Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Listening and Speaking – Upper- intermediate
This class focuses on developing academic skills for speaking and listening. Through the class, students will learn how to make an academic presentation, how to defend their point of view with clarity, how to present research, as well as how to take good notes during a lecture, and develop good listening strategies.
Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Conversation and Culture – Advanced Level
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 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
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.
How to Register
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.
The ESL Program will contact you with details on how to take a free ESL placement test.
Once you take the placement test, the ESL Program Administrator will let you know which course(s) you can take and send you a link to pay for the class. Payments can be made online (via debit or credit card), by cash or check.