English as a Second Language Program (ESL) Online
Since 1989, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Lehman College in the Bronx has offered ESL classes on a full-time or part-time basis to everyone interested in improving their English skills for personal and professional reasons. Classes are affordable, follow a flexible schedule and are taught by dynamic instructors in a student-oriented environment. These ESL courses also provide the students with opportunities to enter degree programs or pursue other training.
Learn and Study English Online
Live classes from New York City to wherever you are in the world!
Our ESL program is designed to help you improve your employment prospects, access higher education, earn credentials, and communicate effectively in the Bronx, in local US communities, and in the English-speaking world. Classes are affordable, follow a flexible schedule, and are taught by dynamic instructors in a learner-focused environment.
All classes are synchronous (real-time, noted in Eastern Standard Time) and conducted on-line using Zoom. You will need high speed internet and, preferably, a computer or tablet with microphone and video capability. Cell phones may be used but are not ideal.
Please note: The price of required e-books is not included in the course fees.
Our Online ESL Course Offerings:
Intensive English Program (IEP)
This daytime course is ideal for committed learners who are focused on college, graduate school, or professional advancement. Designed for of all levels of proficiency, you may elect to focus on particular skills in the morning or afternoon. However, if you desire an 18-hour per week instructional program, enroll in both courses, Grammar/Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation, for a genuine immersive experience.
Reading, Writing & Grammar
Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation
ESL Evening Courses
If you work during the day or have limited time to study, our evening program is ideal for anyone who has demands on their time and wants balanced instruction in all skills.
English for Beginners – Ingles para Principiantes
In this course, you will build foundational communication skills to make daily life in the US more navigable.
En este curso, los estudiantes desarrollan habilidades de comunicación fundamentales para hacer que la vida diaria en los EE. UU. sea más navegable.
ESL Saturday Courses
Using authentic English language materials and media, this course improves your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
Testing and Placement
The Lehman College ESL Program uses the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) to place students in sections of similar ability. The OOPT is an online, multiple-choice exam which tests ability in grammar, vocabulary, reading, and listening. After registration, you will be contacted by our ESL Coordinator, invited to a short speaking interview, and sent a link to the OOPT, which can be taken from any computer (sound required). Your speaking, writing, reading and listening skills are verified by our instructors, and if necessary, placement is adjusted.
International Students (F-1 student visa status only)
The Lehman College ESL Program is legally authorized to enroll non-immigrant alien students. However, due to the on-going pandemic, there are unique regulatory considerations. If you have already established and currently maintain F-1 visa status, our team will be happy to discuss the transfer process with you and help you determine the best program start date based on your situation. You will need to complete the ESL Application form and send it to Brenda Perez, firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your email address. There is a $100 dollar (U.S.), non-refundable, application fee that must be submitted with the application. After you receive your acceptance letter, you must contact The International Student & Scholar Office for detailed instructions on the transfer process. In order to maintain F-1 status, students enroll in both the AM and PM portions of the Intensive English Program to fulfill the 18 hours of course work per week full time study requirement.
If you are outside the USA and have yet to secure F-1 visa status, we will be able to offer an I-20 once in person classes resume. In the meantime, we hope you will consider joining us online from your home country.
Transitioning from the ESL Programs to Lehman College
Undergraduate Study at Lehman College
As a qualified, enrolled student, you may be recommended by your teacher to sit the Transfer Placement Exam. Exams are offered three times per year. If you place into credit-bearing ESL or English Composition courses at Lehman College, you will be exempt from submitting English Proficiency scores (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/Duolingo) required for Lehman College undergraduate admission for the next available intake.
Graduate Study at Lehman College
We will provide guidance on the admission process if you desire to study at the graduate level at Lehman College. While an English proficiency score is still necessary for most graduate programs, we offer help with understanding specific admissions criteria, for example, how to write a Statement of Purpose, who to ask for Letters of Recommendation, and how to successfully complete the application.
Common European Framework
The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing.
The following table gives an indication of these levels.
Lehman College is an ETS Authorized TOEFL iBT® Test Center
The TOEFL® Test Gives You an Advantage:
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The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 10,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. Wherever you want to study, the TOEFL test can help you get there. Please visit https://www.ets.org/toefl / and register now.