This list of Lansing community resources is for reference only. VETP doesn't endorse any programs not affiliated with MSU.
Before attending any class, please confirm time and place.
1120 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823
Part of the Okemos Community Schools. They offer many ESL classes including beginning to advanced levels. Their class "Speaking and Listening" emphasizes pronunciation. Classes are on a semester schedule and they do have fees. They also have an ESL International preschool for a fee.
CADL has an online language instruction program Pronunciator for computers, tablets, and phones. You must have a CADL library card ($50 a year for East Lansing residents). CADL recommends you go to a CADL branch for information on how to download Pronunciator. The program has over 80 languages including English.
4321 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI 48864
Offers an ESOL discussion group for 4th to 6th graders, and an adult reading group. The instructor does not teach English; it is designed for non-native English speakers who have studied English and have a fairly good grasp of the language. It is a safe place where people can speak English without embarrassment. Readings generally focus on American culture. Call for current schedule. The group does not meet in the summer.
Private non-profit organization that provides free ESL services for all levels. They have an ESL class that meets at the CADL Downtown Lansing branch on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but the class does not meet in the summer. They also offer individual tutors if available. They will provide services to all.
1717 N. High St., Lansing, MI 48906
Contact: Andrea Rodriguez
Cristo Rey provides many services, including ESL, especially to Spanish speaking clients.
5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing, MI 48917 (about 8 miles west of MSU)
Contact : Jeanne Lynne Brown
They offer a free adult informal English group conversation class for students at the beginning through intermediate proficiency levels. "Come and meet others from around the world, as we talk to each other and practice speaking in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Sessions will be offered every other Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. from March 8, 2017 through the end of April. The dates are March 8 & 22 and April 12 & 26, 2017.
950 Abbott Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823
ELPL has a free English conversation group "Practice Your English" that meets at the library Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-8:00pm. They also have an on-line language instruction computer program (Mango) that can be downloaded to computers, tablets, and phones. Patrons must have an ELPL card (free to East Lansing residents and MSU students) to use "Mango". All others pay $30.00 annually for a card.
Wells Hall, MSU campus, 619 Red Cedar Rd., Room B-230
English program for international students who need to improve their English language skills before beginning academic coursework. The ELC also runs the English Language Center ESL Lab where international students enrolled in academic classes at MSU can receive free writing tutoring from trained ESL writing consultants. Also open to those who are not seeking a degree from MSU but want to improve their English skills.
Classes at Liberty Christian Church, 2215 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 48912 http://eslandfriends.weebly.com
This program is a community effort run by experienced Christian tutors. Their free classes are: beginning, conversational English, elementary and middle school children, and free child care for younger children. They use passages from the Bible for pronunciation, word definition and reading comprehension during the second hour. Classes meet Mondays 7-9 pm. New students should arrive by 6:45 pm.
929 Sever Dr. East Lansing, MI 48823 www.friendshiphousemsu.org email:
They have free English classes including Bible studies. There is a $10 registration fee. They are located on the west edge of MSU, just off Harrison Rd. They are a Lutheran ministry, not officially affiliated with MSU.
Center for Transitional Learning: 517-483-1061. Denise Warner: 517-483-5325
Program for age 14 and older: Carolyn Dembowski, 517-483-1414
International advisors: 517-483-1929.
English for Speakers of Other Language classes, offered through the Center for Transitional Learning, are designed for students who grew up speaking a language other than English as their primary language. These classes prepare students for academic success; they do not have beginner ESL classes for non-English speaking students. The ESOL program offers five levels of skill instruction, from basic to advanced, leading to college readiness. International students pay their own tuition and must place at the third level to be admitted.
3510 Capital City Blvd., Lansing, MI 48906
Peckham offers both job specific and core learning training opportunities to its clients. Core learning includes ESL, math, computers, self-management, effective communication, financial literacy, employment skills, and U.S. citizenship preparation classes. Please see www.peckham.org for more information about Peckham, including job openings.
These learning programs are offered to Peckham employees only. If you are a Peckham employee, please see your Case Manager to enroll in classes.
600 W. Maple St. Suite A Lansing, MI 48906 Phone: 517-999-5090 refugeedevelopmentcenter.org
ESOL Classes - Entry-level to intermediate classes: Monday and Wednesday 6-8pm; Friday: College Readiness 4-7pm; Saturday all levels: 9-1pm All of these classes are held at the NEW RDC office, 600 W. Maple St. Suite A, Lansing.
Classes are also held at Summerplace Townhomes, at the corner of Waverly and Jolly Roads. These classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am - noon.
Any person may attend, but students are mainly refugee and immigrant clients. All classes are free.
They have an informal English conversation class and options for Bible studies. The class is centered around English discussion and friendship building rather than formally teaching ESL. It is held on Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm during the Fall and Spring semesters, and does not meet in the summer. Website: Spartaninternationals.org. Van rides from MSU are provided. Childcare is also provided. They are a Christian ministry not officially affiliated with MSU.
2800 W. Willow, Lansing, MI 48917
St. Vincent offers ESL classes to clients who are refugees in their employment programs.