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.

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 and Friends

Classes at Liberty Christian Church, 2215 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Michigan 48912
Bonnie Bankson, bjbankson(at)

This program is a community effort run by trained and experienced Christian tutors. Their free classes cover beginning conversational English, a new pre-literature class, and they also have Bible studies. They have an elementary children's class and free child care for younger children. Classes meet Mondays from 7PM-9PM. The classes run every other week in the summer.

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)

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.

Lansing School District Adult Education

Henry Hill Center, 5815 Wise Rd., Lansing, MI 48913

Offers free classes from pre-literacy (non-English speakers) to a 9th grade reading level. After that level students go to Adult Basic Education for their Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation. Classes are free and open to those who are least 20 years old and international students who need a high school diploma from their home country or they need to take the Lansing School District placement test.

Peckham Incorporated (available to Peckham employees only)

3510 Capital City Blvd., Lansing, MI 48906
Onetress Robinson III, Core Learning Specialist, orobinson(at)

The ESOL classes held at Peckham include Beginner (level 1), Intermediate (level 2), and Advanced (level 3). In addition to those classes, they hold conversation groups, reading groups, and 1:1 ESL tutoring.

The Refugee Development Center

Christ Lutheran Church
122 S. Penn Ave., Lansing, MI 48912

Free ESL classes available. Held at the Henry Hill Center located at 5815 Wise Rd., Lansing, MI (Monday through Thursday from 6-8 pm) and also at Summerplace Townhomes located at the corner of Waverly and Jolly Roads (Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to noon). During the summer classes are held at the Summerplace Townhomes (Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am to noon) They have entry-level to intermediate level ESL classes. Any person in need of these levels may attend their classes, but their students are mainly refugee and immigrant clients.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities

2800 W. Willow, Lansing, MI 48917

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

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.