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 "A" 2014
Fall "B" 2014
Sat, Aug 23, 11:00 am
Fri, Oct 17, 10:30 am
Tue, Aug 26, 5:30 pm
Sat, Oct 25, 10:30 am
Fri, Aug 29, 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

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

Fall: Sept 16—Nov 11

ESL13 Day-time ESL
(28 sessions) $465

  • Mon—Thu 3:00—5:00 pm

    Fall A: Sept 3 - Oct 23

    Fall B: Oct 29 - Dec 17

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

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

CLD38 (7 in-class sessions; unlimited time online) $300
Sat 9:30—11:30 am (in class)
Tue 6:30—8:30 pm (in class)
Tue—Sun online
Fall: Oct 20—Dec 1

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

Fall: Sept 3—Oct 8

First Steps in Communication Levels 2 & 3
CLD60 (10 sessions) $250
Location: CUNY on the Concourse
Mon/Wed 7:00—9:00 pm

Fall: Sept 3—Oct 8

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

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.