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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.

Many classes may be suspended due to COVID. Please contact each organization to see if they are still meeting.  This list is occasionally updated.  If you know of any corrections or changes, please email  vetp(at)msu.edu


Capital Area District Library (CADL)

 Contact: Jill Abood at aboodj(at)cadl.org or 517-334-1519 

CADL has an online language instruction program, Pronunciator, for computers, tablets, and phones. CADL also offers ESOL reading and speaking groups for adults and children and Citizenship Test Prep.

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)thereadingpeople.org)  Contact them for schedule.

Library card needed for Pronunciator.   Events are open to all

 cadl.org

 

Capital Area District Library - Okemos Branch

Eric Stanton, Public Services Librarian
Capital Area District Libraries – Okemos
4321 Okemos Road, Okemos, MI  48864
517-347-2021 x 2029 stantone(at)cadl.org

 

Virtual ESOL Conversation Group for Adults (Online)

Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Sept 14  – Dec. 14 (Skip Nov 23)

Grab your cup of coffee or tea and join us online to practice your English through informal conversation. This group is not formal English instruction. *Registration is required by emailing stantone(at)cadl.org.   You will receive instructions on joining our Zoom session.

 

ESOL Reading Group for Adults (At the Okemos Library) 

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Sept 14 – Dec 14 (Skip Nov 23).                                                                                                                       

Practice your English reading and speaking skills by reading articles, books and short stories aloud. This group is not formal English instruction.

 

 

 

Capital Area Literacy Coalition

1028 E. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48906
517-485-4949

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.   Call for more information.

Cristo Rey Community Center

1717 N. High St., Lansing, MI 48906
517-372-4700
Contact: Andrea Rodriguez

 Offers computer and workforce readiness programming to predominately Spanish speakers. Call for details

 

Delta Township District Library

5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing, MI  48917  

 info(at)dtdl.org or 517-321-4014 x4. 

Welcome to our adult (18+) English learners conversation group! Each month we discuss new topics. Open to all levels of English language learners. Come and meet new people and practice English! All are welcome! We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month .  We offer two times: 10:30-11:30am and 5:00-6:00pm. There is no registration required, no fee, and a library card is not required (but they are free!). The Adult Services Department can be contacted for more information at info(at)dtdl.org or 517-321-4014 x4. 

English Language Center (ELC) at MSU

Wells Hall, MSU campus, 619 Red Cedar Rd., Room B-230
517-353-0800
elc(at)msu.edu

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. 

 For tuition information or other questions, contact Ivette at 517-884-1494

 

ESL & Friends

ESL & Friends Free English Classes
http://eslandfriends.weebly.com/

Currently not meeting in person

For more information, call or email:
     Bonnie:  517-281-8126    bjbankson(at)gmail.com

International Friendship House 

929 Sever Dr. East Lansing, MI  48823  www.friendshiphousemsu.global  email:  friendshiphousemsu(at)gmail.com

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)

 contact Yvonne Creamer, the Global Student Services Specialist (LEP/ESOL) 517-483-1196

 

Lansing School District Adult Education

English Language Skills Classes

  • FREE classes for all levels
  • Morning, afternoon, and evening classes
  • Preparation for
    • Job opportunities
    • High school completion certificate
    • College readiness 

To enroll, please fill out the Adult Education Enrollment Form, here.

Call for more information Jan Hobbs  jan.hobbs(at)lansingschools.net    517-755-2945

 

The Refugee Development Center

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

They offer adult ESL classes.

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

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)rdclansing.org

South Church

5250 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917
Tim Van Loh: TVanLoh(at)southlife.org
517-322-2000

 

 

For the most recent information, contact Tim Van Loh TVanLoh(at)southlife.org
517-322-2000

St. Vincent Catholic Charities

2800 W. Willow, Lansing, MI 48917
517-913-4106

 

 

 

University Reformed Church

841 Timberlane St., East Lansing
Nick Setterington, nick(at)urcstaff.org, 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. 

Days: every Wednesday evening
Time: 7-8pm
Place: Minskoff Pavilion (near the Business College) 
Parking: you can park in the pay-by-plate area in the Shaw Ramp (lot #51), free after 6pm

Current class information can be found on our website: www.SpartanInternationals.org/English

Contact: Nick (setteri1(at)msu.edu)


Registration: to receive updates about this class, you can sign up here: www.SpartanInternationals.org/English 


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)centralfreemethodist.org

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.