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Lansing Area English Language Services

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.

Capital Area District Library (CADL)

CADL offers conversation, reading and discussion groups for adults and children to help you practice our English.  These are not formal English instruction classes.  You can find a list of them here:

CADL also has an online language instruction program Pronunciator for computers, tablets, and phones. You must have a CADL library card and it is recommended you go to a CADL branch for information on how to download Pronunciator. The program has over 80 languages including English. A library card is free for in-district patrons and it costs $50.00 a year for out-of-district patrons.  Residents of East Lansing are out-of-district.

Capital Area District Library - Okemos Branch

4321 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI 48864

They have a reading group (not a class) on Wednesdays from 12:00pm - 1:30 pm. 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. They often read several pages from a book in class and then discuss the reading. Readings generally focus on American culture. Call for current schedule. The group does not meet in the summer.

They also have a Kids ESOL Discussion Group for children who are in 4th - 6th grades, but it does not meet in the summer.

Capital Area Literacy Coalition

1028 E. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48906

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.  Class begins in late September. They also offer individual tutors if available. They will provide services to all.

Cristo Rey Community Center

1717 N. High St., Lansing, MI 48906
Contact: Andrea Rodriguez

Cristo Rey provides many services, including ESL, especially to Spanish speaking clients.

East Lansing Public Library (ELPL)

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. The class DOES meet in the summer. 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. If patrons do not have an internet accessible device, but have an ELPL card, they can use one of the library's on-site computers to access "Mango".

English Language Center (ELC) at MSU

Wells Hall, MSU campus, 619 Red Cedar Rd., Room B-230

This is an English program for international students who need to improve their English language skills before beginning academic coursework or for individuals who are not seeking a degree from MSU, but who want to improve their English skills.  They are on a semester schedule and also have four week and eight week classes that meet in the summer.

The ELC also runs the English Language Center ESL Writing Lab where international students enrolled in academic classes at MSU can receive free writing tutoring from trained ESL writing consultants. First priority for the ESL Writing Lab goes to WRAC and IAH students. However, undergraduate and graduate international students are welcome to make appointments with the understanding that they could be bumped by the WRAC and IAH students and would have to reschedule.  Contact them to see if the Lab is open in the summer.

ESL & Friends

Classes at Liberty Christian Church, 2215 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 48912             

Coordinator: Bonnie Bankson,  517-281-8126 bjbankson(at)                                       Transportation coordinator: Stephen Elmer   734-707-7937   stephen.elmer(at)

This program is a community effort run by trained and experienced Christian tutors.  Their free classes cover pre-literature, beginning, and conversational English for adults and teenagers. They use passages from the Bible for pronunciation, word definition and reading comprehension.  Classes meet Mondays 7-9 pm. New students should arrive by 6:45 pm. Their current schedule is as follows: for the summer, classes meet on June 12 and June 26, July 10 and July 24, and August 7 and August 21.  Classes then return to a weekly schedule on September 11 through December 11 or 18.  They also have an elementary children's class and free child care for younger children.  Please ask them about help with transportation.

International Friendship House 

929 Sever Dr. East Lansing, MI  48823  email:  friendshiphousemsu(at)

They have free English classes including Bible studies. They are on a semester schedule and DO meet in the summer.  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.

Lansing Community College (LCC)

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.

LCC has three different kinds of non-native speakers of English: International students who have F-1 status and must take the TOEFL in their home country and then take LCC's placement test when they arrive; International guest students (F - 1 spouses); and immigrant/refugee students.  Family members of international students may take classes for credit or no credit. The international students need to pay their own tuition. Refugee students do not take the TOEFL; they take the LCC placement test.  They may also apply for federal financial aid to pay for their courses.  LCC has courses from high-beginning to academic readiness.  They do no have English classes for non-English speaking students.  A course of interest in their "Focus on Pronunciation" which is an accent reduction course.  They no longer have their non-credit English for Speaker of Other Languages classes.

Lansing School District Adult Education. 


Classes are held at Elmhurst Elementary, 2400 Pattengill Ave, Lansing, MI  (517)755-4063 or (517)755-4040

They offer free classes from Pre-Literacy (non-English speakers) to a 9th grade reading level.  After that level, students go to "Adult Basic Education (ABE) for their Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation.  Classes are free and open to those who are at least 20 years old . International students  need a high school diploma from their home country or they need to take the Lansing School District placement test.  Classes do not run in the summer.

The Refugee Development Center

600 W. Maple St. Suite A Lansing, MI 48906  Phone: 517-999-5090

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.

University Reformed Church

841 Timberlane St., East Lansing
Nick Setterington, nick(at), 517-351-6810

They have an informal English conversation class and options for Bible studies. The class meets Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm at the MSU Union, Lower level, Room 50.  Website: Van rides are provided on request.  They are a Christian ministry not officially affiliated with MSU.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities

2800 W. Willow, Lansing, MI 48917

St. Vincent offers ESL classes to clients who are refugees in their employment programs.