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

Fall 2015
  • Fall A: Sat., Aug. 22—10:30 am
    Tue, Aug. 25—5:30 am
    Fri., Aug. 28—10:30 am

  • Fall B: Wed., Oct.21—5:30 pm
    Sat., Oct.24—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.

September 2 —October 26 (skip 9/7, 9/23 & 10/12)

Fall A: ESL14 (28 sessions) $475

Grammar/Reading/Writing

M,T,W,Th 9:30-11:30


Fall A: ESL15
(28 sessions) $475

Listening/Speaking

M,T,W,Th 12:00 – 2:00

Tuition for both ESL 14 & ESL 15 $ 925

November 3 – December 22 (skip 11/26)


Fall B: ESL16 (28 sessions) $475

Grammar/Reading/Writing

M,T,W,Th 9:30-11:30

Fall B: ESL17 (28 sessions) $475

Listening/Speaking

M,T,W,Th 12:00 – 2:00

Tuition for both ESL 16 & ESL 17 $ 925

Part-Time Program

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.

Day-Time ESL13

(28 sessions) Lehman Campus
September 2 —October 26 (skip 9/7, 9/23 & 10/12) M,T,W,Th 3:00 – 5:00 $465

Evening ESL11

September 3—October 27 COTC
11A Beginners (16 sessions) $265

11B Intermediate/Advanced (16 sessions)
T/Th 7:00 – 9:00

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

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

September 29 – December 1
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.

September 28 – November 16 (skip 10/12)
Mon (7 in-class sessions) 6:30—8:30 pm
Tue—Sun (unlimited time online) $300

Writing a Research Paper

WRT21 (12 in-class sessions; unlimited time online) Levels 7 and higher

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.
September 30 – December 16
Wednesday 6:00—8:00 pm $400

Oral Skills Courses

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 Levels 1 & 2 (10 sessions)

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

COTC $250

Pronunciation and Speaking Skills

CLD51 Levels 4 and 5

Int./Advanced (12 sessions)

Students master pronunciation and intonation while building their speaking fluency.

September 17 – December 10 (skip 11/26)
Thursday 7:00—9:00 pm

COTC $285

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.