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ESL Community Education

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ESL Community Education

Learn English in a friendly and comfortable environment

Class size
about 6 – 16 students per class

Basic-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 students 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. 

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ESL Classes Summer 2024

Students can choose between online and face-to-face classes. Online classes will be offered on Zoom. Face-to-Face classes are offered in person at the Benton Harbor Campus.

Summer session (May 20 - July 31)

  • Basic-Beginner Monday-Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Basic-Beginner Tuesday-Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. 
  • Intermediate Monday-Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m. 
  • Intermediate Tuesday-Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. 
  • Conversation and Culture (Advanced) Monday-Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m. 
  • Conversation and Culture (Advanced) Tuesday-Thursday 6-7:30 p.m.

Whether the class is online via Zoom or Face-to-Face will be determined by interest in registration.

Classes will meet for ten weeks, 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. During class time, students engage in various conversation, listening, and writing activities, among others. 
All classes are taught by experienced instructors who engage students in conversation, listening, and writing activities, among others.

Cost per class

The cost per person per class is $200 (plus $15.26 processing fee). Textbooks are in addition to the cost of the class.

Integrated Skills – Basic and 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.

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.

Conversation and Culture – Advanced Level

This is a speaking and listening class designed for proficient students. Students will learn how to prepare short speeches or make presentations in English. They will also learn how to take notes from various English lectures and speak about an academic topic.

Class Placement

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

How to Register

Step 1 - Complete the Registration Form

Complete our online registration form (best done through Google Chrome internet browser) with your personal information and language learning history. You will receive an immediate notice to verify that you have completed the form. Take note of the payment link in the submission receipt. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Step 2 - Placement Test or Verification of Previous Placement

The ESL Program will contact you by email with details on how to take a free ESL placement test. If you have previously taken a placement test or an ESL course at LMC or another college, this step can be skipped.

Step 3 - Payment and Schedule Notification

Finally, the ESL Program Administrator will let you know course information (days, time, level, etc.) approximately three weeks before classes begin, and re-send you a link to pay for the class in case you missed it in the registration form. Payments can be made online with a debit or credit card.


You can contact the ESL program at LMC by phone at (269) 927-6745 or email

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