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ESL Community Education

Learn English in a friendly and comfortable environment

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. 

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)
  • 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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Upcoming Classes

Registration deadline for spring classes is February 1, 2020.

Benton Harbor Campus

INTEGRATED SKILLS: BEGINNER LEVEL (9 WEEKS)

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 12 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dates: February 10 – April 15
Cost: $350

INTEGRATED SKILLS: BEGINNER LEVEL (9 WEEKS)

This is a speaking, reading, writing, and listening class designed for beginner-level students. Special attention is given to grammar and vocabulary building through meaningful conversations.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Dates: February 11 – April 16
Cost: $350

INTEGRATED SKILLS: INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (9 WEEKS)

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: Monday/Wednesday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Dates: February 10 – April 15
Cost: $350

FOCUS ON GRAMMAR: UPPER-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (9 WEEKS)

This class focuses on grammar aspects of the English language in a communicative context, and through personalized practice. Some of the topics that will be covered are: proper use of verb tenses, modals, hypothetical statements, articles in discourse.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Dates: February 11 – April 16
Cost: $350

ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES (6 WEEKS)

This is a class designed to help students improve their English language and communication skills in business situations. Students will learn how to make professional presentations, understand business negotiations by overcoming cross-cultural barriers, and write emails, reports, and letters, among others. This is a class designed for intermediate to advanced students.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Dates: March 10 – April 16
Cost: $280

TOEFL IBT TEST PREPARATION (4 WEEKS)

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 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Dates: February 18 - March 19
Cost: $200

Niles Campus

CONVERSATION AND CULTURE: MIXED ABILITIES (9 WEEKS)

This is a speaking, listening, writing and reading class designed for beginner- and intermediate-level language learners. The goal is to help students develop the necessary language skills to communicate effectively in their community, and/or workplace.

Time: Monday/Wednesday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Dates: February 10 – April 15
Cost: $350

South Haven Campus

CONVERSATION AND CULTURE: MIXED ABILITIES

This is a speaking, listening, writing and reading class designed for beginner- and intermediate-level language learners. 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.-8 p.m.
Dates: February 11 – April 16
Cost: $350

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 Spring 2020 Community Education classes is from December 1, 2019 – February 1, 2020. 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 December 1, 2019 – February 1, 2019. See the Testing Center web page for hours and locations. Please plan to arrive at the testing center at least 3 hours before closing time. 

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 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3. 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 at (269) 927-4557 or by email.

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