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Lansing Area English Language Services

This list of Lansing community resources is for reference only. VETP does not endorse any programs not affiliated with MSU.

Before attending any class, please confirm time and place.

Capital Area District Library (CADL)    517-367-6350

During the school year, the downtown Lansing CADL branch has offered a citizenship class and an ESOL class through the Lansing Literacy Coalition. (mail(at)  Contact them for schedule.

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 or $25.00 for six months, 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 informal conversation.; 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. They usually don't meet in the summer, but call for current schedule.

They also have a Kids ESOL Discussion Group for children who are in grades 3 and 6.  Call the library for more information.

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 and citizenship class that meets at the CADL Downtown Lansing branch.  This class does not meet in the summer. They also offer individual tutors if available. Clients are mainly low-income, but they will provide services for 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, or $18.00 for 6 months, for a library 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 and 13 week classes that meet in the summer.  There is also a 3 week class in the summer to prepare students for academic classes at MSU.  For tuition information or other questions, contact Ivette at 517-884-1494

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 once a week 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.  Make an appointment through their web site:   elc(at)   Check for summer schedules.

ESL & Friends

ESL & Friends Free English Classes

When:  Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Spring 2020: January 6 - May 18
Summer 2020: June 1, 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 10, 24
Fall 2020: September 14 - December 14

Where: Liberty Christian Church (come in back door)
2215 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI  48912

Registration Options:
1) First time you come
2) Email:  bjbankson(at) for registration form

Instructional Materials:  Various reading materials, including the Bible.

Other services offered:
•    Free childcare for parents enrolled in ESL classes
•    Transportation pick-up time (contact us to schedule rides):
o    6:30 p.m. Spartan Village Community Center
o    6:30 p.m. South mailboxes at Cedar Creek Apartments

Transportation coordinator:
John Bankson   517-974-7038   jbankson1414(at)
Please let John know if you can help with transportation
Contact Stephen Elmer on WeChat and ask him to add you to the ESL group message board
Stephen Elmer   734-707-7937    stephen.elmer(at)
WeChat: StElmo86

Facebook:  ESL and Friends Lansing Area

For more information, call or email:
     Bonnie:  517-281-8126    bjbankson(at)
     Stephen Elmer   734-707-7937 WeChat: StElmo86
     Hsiang-Ping Cha: 517 256-2487; chah(at)

English Classes being offered:
•    Conversational English / Beginner
•    Elementary Children
•    Free Nursery - Preschool Childcare

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 $20 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: 517-483-1040.

They have ESL levels 4 and 5 as regular classes with regular fees including an $100. plus registration fee.

They have ESL Levels 2 and 3  which are at about a low Intermediate level.  These classes are regular semester length, are non-credit and cost only $25.00 .

For more information contact Yvonne Kramer in Community Education Work Force at 517-483-1196

Center for Transitional Learning: 517-483-1040.                                                                               


Lansing School District Adult Education

English Language Skills Classes

(517)-755-4040 (during the school year)
They provide classes at several locations around the City of Lansing, during the school year. All are on on the CATA bus line. They offer free classes from Pre-Literacy (non-English speakers) to a 9th grade reading level.  Free childcare at some locations. Call for more information Jan Hobbs  jan.hobbs(at)    517-755-2945


The Refugee Development Center

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

They offer adult ESL classes.

For information about registration and other questions, contact info(at)

Any person may attend, but students are mainly refugee and immigrant clients.  All classes are free.

For more information, contact Mariah Shafer and mshafer(at)

South Church

5250 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917
Tim Van Loh: TVanLoh(at)

Call for recent schedule.

They host an ESL Class on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm. They will not be meeting on April 1. They do have classes that continue into the summer but once attendance begins to dwindle by the end of June or so they suspend and begin again in August.

For the most recent information, contact Tim Van Loh TVanLoh(at)

St. Vincent Catholic Charities

2800 W. Willow, Lansing, MI 48917

For information, contact marvink(at)

St. Vincent Refugee Services ESL Classes

Beginner ESL

10:30 am – 12:30 pm      Tuesdays and Thursdays

CADL Downtown 401 S. Capitol Ave.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm         Tuesdays and Thursdays

SummerPlace Townhomes    4901 S. Waverly

Intermediate ESL

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm        Tuesdays and Thursdays

CADL Downtown 401 S. Capitol Ave.

Academic ESL

8:30 am – 10:00 am         Mondays and Wednesdays

First Presbyterian Church       510 W. Ottawa  

For information about registering for classes contact Kyle Marvin at marvink(at)



University Reformed Church

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

Class Level: conversational English

Class Format: we meet in small groups of 5 or 6 and work on pronunciation, English idioms, and conversational speaking on a wide variety of topics

Registration: anyone is welcome to attend. We do not have a kids class but kids are welcome to join groups with their parents. 

Times & Dates: fall, spring, & summer semesters

Current class information can be found on our website:

Contact: Nick (setteri1(at)

Registration: to receive updates about this class, you can sign up here: 

This is a Christian ministry, not officially affiliated with MSU.


Central Free Methodist Church  "New Neighbors"

820-828 North Washington, Lansing (just north of Lansing Community College)

517-485-2232 or office(at)

From the church:  "We hold a basic ESL class for teens and adults on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm.  We provide care and activities for children from birth through 5th grade. We no longer provide homework help or ESL for children; instead we provide weekly opportunities for children to read with English speaking adults and activities that encourage them to practice English. We do our best to help provide transportation so if someone is held back from attending by not having a ride, they can contact the church office, and we will try to find transportation for them. Children 5th and under are not allowed to come without an adult.

If you would like more information call the church at 517-485-2232 and ask to speak to Britany or Pastor Joanna.