Lehman College

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.

Placement Test Schedule


Summer 2015
Fri, May 29, 10:30 am
Tue, June 2, 5:30 pm
Sat, June 6, 10:30 am

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

Summer: June 22- August 6

ESL14 (28 AM sessions) $475

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

Summer: June 23 - Aug 13

ESL12 English Express 

(10 sessions) $345

Mon - Thu 9:30am - 2:00pm

Summer: Aug 10 - 25

ESL13 Day-time ESL
(28 sessions) $465

Mon—Thu 3:00—5:00 pm

Summer: June 22 - Aug 6

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
Summer: June 16 - Aug 18

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

CLD38 (7 in-class sessions; unlimited time online) $300
Mon 6:30 - 8:30 pm(in class)
Tue—Sun online
Summer: July 1 - Aug 12

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

Summer: June 15 - July 15

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

Summer: June 11 - Aug 27

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.