Continuing Education

English as a Second Language

ESL InstituteSince 1989, the ESL Institute has offered classes on the full-time and part-time basis to everyone interested in improving their English skills for personal and professional reasons. Some features of our programs include:

  • Student-oriented environment
  • Dynamic instructors
  • Affordable rates
  • Flexible schedule
  • Opportunity to enter a degree program

All new students are required to take a placement test in order to determine their level of proficiency. The non-refundable $20 testing fee can be applied to any Continuing Education course.

Testing Schedule

Fall A 2014 Placement Test:

Program Dates: Sept 3-Oct 23

Fall B 2014 Placement Test:

  • Fri, Oct 17, 10:30 am
  • Sat, Oct 25, 10:30 am

Program Dates: Oct 29-Dec 17

Spring “A” 2015

  • Tues, Jan 20 , 5:30 pm
  • Sat, Jan 24 , 10:30 am
  • Fri , Jan 30 ,10:30 am


Spring“B” 2015

  • Tues, March 24 , 5:30 pm
  • Sat , March 28 , 10:30 pm

Intensive English Program         $925

This intensive ESL program is designed for committed learners who are determined to improve all skills and advance fast. The program consists of two courses which can be taken separately or together. International students must take both courses in order to meet F-1 visa requirements.

Mon—Thu 9:30 am—2:00 pm
Location: Lehman campus

Spring A : Feb 4—March 26

Spring B : Apr 9—May 27

Grammar/Reading/Writing
ESL14 (28 AM sessions) $475

Listening/Speaking
ESL15 (28 PM sessions) $475

Tuition cost for both sessions: $925

Part-Time Program

This program is ideal for busy, working students who need balanced instruction in all skills. Each class provides practice in grammar integrated with reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The courses are offered in all levels of proficiency.

ESL11 (16 sessions) $265
Location: CUNY on the Concourse
Tue/Thu 7:00—9:00 pm

Fall: Sept 16—Nov 11

Spring : March 3– April 30

ESL13 Day-time ESL
(28 sessions) $465

Mon—Thu, 3:00—5:00 pm

Fall B: Oct 29—Dec 17

Spring A: Feb 4 – March 26
Spring B: Apr 9 – May 27

Academic ESL Courses

These courses are designed for students who are planning to start college and need to work on academic English skills.

Grammar and Writing Workshop Levels 4-5

CLD29 (10 sessions) $ 195
Location: Lehman campus
Tue 7:15—9:15 pm


Fall: Sept 23—Nov 25

Spring: Feb 10—Apr 21

Reading/Writing CUNY Test Prep (Hybrid) Levels 5 and higher.

CLD38 (7 in-class sessions; unlimited time online) $300

Fall: Oct 20—Dec 1

Sat 9:30—11:30 am (in class)
Tue 6:30—8:30 pm (in class)
Tue—Sun online

Spring: March 30—May 18

Mon 6:30—8:30 pm (in class)
Tue—Sun online

Oral Skills Courses

CLD60 First Steps in Communication
(10 sessions) $250 COTC
Levels 1 & 2
This class is for beginning students who want to learn the basics of pronunciation and develop everyday communication skills for personal needs and employment.
Mon/Wed 7:00—9:00 pm

Spring: Feb 18—March 23

CLD51 Pronunciation and Speaking Skills
(12 sessions) $205 COTC
Levels 4 and 5
Students master pronunciation and intonation while building their speaking fluency.
Thu 7:00—9:00 pm


Fall: Sept 11—Dec 11

Spring: Feb 19—May 14

Customized ESL

English courses in different professional fields (e.g. business, health care, etc.) can be designed for groups of students per request from employers.

Private ESL Lessons

CLD100 (1.5 hr min) $100 per hour
Private ESL lessons can be arranged for those who prefer one -on-one instruction.

Last modified: Oct 9, 2014

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