English as a Second Language
Since 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.
Placement Test Schedule
Fall A: Sat., Aug. 22—10:30 am
Tue, Aug. 25—5:30 pm
Fri., Aug. 28—10:30 am
Fall B: Wed., Oct.21—5:30 pm
Sat., Oct.24—10:30 am
Lehman Campus – LC
CUNY on the Concourse - COTC
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.
- ESL14 (28 sessions) $475
ESL15 (28 sessions) $475
Tuition for both ESL 14 & ESL 15 $ 925
ESL16 (28 sessions) $475
- ESL17 (28 sessions) $475
Tuition for both ESL 16 & ESL 17 $ 925
Ideal for busy, working students who need balanced instruction in all skills. Each class integrates grammar with reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The integration of skills promotes active learning. The courses are offered in all levels of proficiency.
(28 sessions) $465
Mon – Th 3:00 – 5:00 pm LC
Fall A: September 2 —October 26 (no classes 9/7, 9/23 & 10/12)
Fall B: November 3 – December 22 (no class 11/26)
ESL 11 Evening
(16 sessions) $265
Tue/Th 7:00 – 9:00 pm COTC
Section 1 - Beginners
Section 2 - Intermediate
September 3—October 27
These courses are designed for students who are planning to start college and need to work on academic English skills.
Grammar and Writing Workshop
CLD29 (10 sessions) Levels 4-5
This class provides grammar review with focus on sentence structure and the most common errors that occur in writing. Students will learn the main principles of paragraph organization and short essay development.
Location: Lehman campus
Tuesday 7:15—9:15 pm $195
Reading/Writing CUNY Test Prep (Hybrid)
CLD38 (7 in-class sessions; unlimited time online) Levels 5 and higher $300
This is an intensive writing course for students who want to advance their reading and writing skills and prepare for CUNY Skills Assessment Exam. The hybrid format of the class allows the instructor to work with the students in class and online.
Mon (7 in-class sessions) 6:30—8:30 pm
Tue—Sun (unlimited time online) $300
Writing a Research Paper
WRT21 Levels 7 and higher (22 sessions)
This advanced course will prepare you to go beyond writing an essay. You will learn to conduct research using outside sources and to incorporate them into your writing in order to form arguments and interpretations.
Mon/Wed 6:00—8:00 pm COTC $385
These courses are designed to help students develop their oral communication skills. They are offered in two stages of proficiency.
First Steps in Communication
CLD60 Beginner (10 sessions)
This class is for beginning students
who want to learn the
basics of pronunciation and
develop everyday communication
skills for personal needs
Mon/Wed 7:00—9:00 pm COTC $250
Pronunciation and Speaking Skills
CLD51 Int./Advanced (12 sessions)
Students master pronunciation and intonation while building their speaking fluency.
Thursday 7:00—9:00 pm COTC $285
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.
You can register using the following options:
- Lehman College—Carman Hall, Room 128
- CUNY on the Concourse—3rd Floor, 2501 Grand Concourse
By phone: 718-960-8512