International Studies & Programs

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.

A+ English Language School

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.

Capital Area District Library (CADL)

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.

Capital Area District Library - Okemos Branch

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.

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 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.

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.

Delta Township District Library

5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing, MI 48917 (about 8 miles west of MSU)

Contact : Jeanne Lynne Brown   jbrown(at)

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.

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. 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.

English Language Center (ELC) at MSU

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.

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 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.

International Friendship House 

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

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.

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.

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.

Peckham Incorporated (available to Peckham employees only)

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 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.

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 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: Van rides from MSU are provided. Childcare is also provided. 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.