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English as a Second Language Program (ESL)

Since 1989, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Lehman College in the Bronx has offered ESL classes on a full-time or part-time basis to everyone interested in improving their English skills for personal and professional reasons. Classes are affordable, follow a flexible schedule and are taught by dynamic instructors in a student-oriented environment. These ESL courses also provide the students with opportunities to enter degree programs or pursue other training.

Learn and Study English in New York City


Placement Test (Prior to starting class)

Lehman College uses the VERSANT, a 20-minute computerized speaking, and listening test, which assesses and places college and adult ESL students quickly and accurately into beginning to advanced classes. Versant score reports include detailed descriptions of each candidates' score and how they measure up against other scoring scales like the Global Scale of English (GSE), TOEFL, and TOEIC. The test is offered Mon- Saturday during office hours, and the testing fee is $25; the results are valid for one semester. To take the test, students must come to Lehman College, Carman Hall, Room 128, or CUNY on the Concourse, 2501 Grand Concourse, 3rd floor.

ESL and English as a Second Language Courses in New York for International Students (in F-1 Status ONLY)

Complete the ESL  Application form and send it to Brenda Perez,  at least 4 months before your requested program date. Be sure to include your email address.
There is a $100 dollar (U.S.), non-refundable, application fee that must be submitted with the application. After you receive your acceptance letter, you must contact The International Student & Scholar Office for detailed instructions on how to apply for your I-20 and student visa.

An international student is required by the federal regulations to maintain a full-time course of study, which is 18 hours of instruction (attendance) per week as prescribed in 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6) and (10). The annual cost for three semesters is $6,834. (A discount is available for early enrollment.)

Intensive English Program (Full-Time)

This program is open to everyone.

Learn English for college, graduate school or professional advancement in this academic program. You can take a reading and writing class or a listening and speaking class or you can take both classes. The intensive program is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students holding the F-1 visa. F-1 visa holders must take both classes.

ESL Morning Session (Reading, Writing, and Grammar meets 9 hrs. per week)
ESL Afternoon Session (Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation meets 9 hrs. per week)

An international student is required by the federal regulations to maintain a full-time course of study, which is 18 hours of instruction (attendance) per week as prescribed in 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6) and (10). The annual cost for three semesters is $6,834.

Part-Time Program

These integrated skills classes will help you improve your grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening and pronunciation skills.  Evening classes meet twice per week. Click here for more schedule information.

Evening ESL (ESL 11)

Are you a busy, working adult who needs to focus on all aspects of English? Are you planning to enroll in college or need to advance your professional career? In these classes, you will improve all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

30 hours / COTC
Saturday ESL (ESL 19)

Improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skill using authentic language and materials that will enable you to function in your daily life, prepare for college or get a better job.

30 hours / COTC
ESL Writing (ESL 30)
Are you planning to enroll in college, advance your professional career or take the CUNY Assessment tests? This class will improve your writing skills and help prepare you for college and career advancement.

30 hours / COTC
Bridge to College (ESL 20)

Continue to improve your English skills while preparing for college in this Friday morning class.

15 hours / LEHC
Accent Reduction (ESL 41)

You will focus on in-depth study of the rhythm, stress, and intonation of the English language while building effective communication skills.

20 hours / LEHC

Ingles Para Principiantes - English For Beginners (ESL 01)

¿Te gustaría mejorar tu nivel de inglés pero el idioma te da miedo? ¡No te asustes! El inglés se puede aprender de forma sencilla y divertida y este curso te ayudará a aprender lo básico para hablar y comunicarte para ayudarte a vivir y trabajar en los Estados Unidos cómodamente. Te enseñaremos a expresarte para cumplir con las tareas cotidianas que son necesarias en el trabajo y alrededor de la ciudad. Nuestros profesores bilingües te enseñarán lo que necesitas decir y como decirlo. ¡No demores tus estudios ni un día más! ¡Mejora tu inglés y mejora tu vida!

Do you want to learn English but feel scared by the language? Don’t be afraid! The language can be simple and fun, and this course will help you learn the basics of speaking and communicating to help you live and work in the US more comfortably. You will learn how to express yourself and complete simple tasks that you’ll need to do on the street and around town. Bilingual teachers will help you to understand what you need to say, and how to say it. Don’t put off learning the language for another year - improve your language and improve your life!

24 hours / COTC

Office & Testing Locations and Testing Hours:

All new students must take the placement test (see “Prerequisites” above) and pay a non-refundable $25 testing fee, which will be deducted from your tuition cost when you complete registration. The testing fee can be applied to any course for a period of one year from the date of payment.

No appointment is needed to take the placement test.

Lehman College Campus Office
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Carman Hall 128
Monday-Thursday: 9 am-6:30 pm (Testing hours: 9 am-5 pm)
Friday: 9 am-4:30 pm (Testing hours: 9 am-3 pm)
Saturday: 9 am-1:30 pm (Testing hours: 9 am-12 pm)

CUNY on the Concourse Office
2501 Grand Concourse, 3rd Floor
Monday-Friday: 9 am-9 pm (Testing hours: 9 am-5 pm)
Saturday: 9 am-3 pm (Testing hours: 9 am-12 pm)

Common European Framework

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing.

The following table gives an indication of these levels.

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Coordinator Contact:

Name: Bryan Fox
Phone: 718-960-6914