Greater Lansing Area ESL Classes

ESL classes/tutoring programs for adults in the Greater Lansing Area

Looking for ESL classes in the area? A list is below, and also here: Google Docs (click here). Note that the Lansing Refugee Development Center in Lansing, MI maintains a list of online ESL and Tutoring tips. See their helpful website too: The Capital Area District Library (CADL) (the downtown Lansing branch) also has ESL opportunities. They have an extensive collection of online software, books, CDs, and DVDs for learning English. See their website at:  Note that this list not an endorsement by me of these classes: just general information about them. Email me ( if you see anything on this page that needs to be changed.

Provider / Center
Form of Lesson(s)
Contact / Address
A+ English Language School by Okemos Public SchoolAll levels of English Language Instruction; registration fee of $150. Classes; Our Program is located at 1120 S. Harrison Rd.,East Lansing, MI; Phone: 517-337-8353
Office Hours are Monday - Friday 9 am- 2 pm
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 in downtown Lansing, MIFree ESL classes for adults (beginner level); Learn English (ESL) at these classes for beginners, held every Tuesday and Thursday until Dec. 15 (skip Nov. 24). *Registration required by calling 517-485-4949.https://www.cadl.orgAdministrative Offices
401 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
Voice: 517.367.6300
Fax: 517.374.1068
9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
CADL has an online language instruction program Pronunciator for computers, tablets, and phones. There will be a yearly fee for your CADL library card ($50 for an individual; $75 for one adult plus children). A six month membership is also available ($25 for an individual; $37.50 for one adult plus children).
Capital Area Literacy CoalitionFree individual tutoring & classes. http://www.thereadingpeople.orgCALC
1028 E. Saginaw
Lansing, MI 48906
517-485-4949 Email:
Free one-to-one instruction in reading and writing for children struggling in school, at risk-teens, and adults. They also provide tutoring to migrant and refugee families and English as a Second Language instruction. Diagnostic testing and vision screening are free. Thei typical program commitment is two hours per week for a period of six months. 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.
Community English classes, Michigan State University English Partners in Communication; Tue & Thu, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Contact: Debra M. Hardison; MSU Wells Hall B-Wing
5 different levels of proficiency - all levels of ability are welcome!
experienced teachers and native-speaking conversation partners
opportunities to build vocabulary, including idioms, and speaking confidence
feedback to develop communication strategies
tips on how to start conversations
ability to practice small talk
low cost ($15.00)
and the potluck!.
East Lansing Public LibraryPractice your English: conversational group. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA
(517) 351-2420
English speaking and listening practice in casual conversations. All skill levels welcome. Wednesdays 7pm-8pm. - #3 Meeting Room.
English Language Center (ELC) at MSUIntensive English Program; English for Academic Purposes; Special Programs; Online Academic Training; Preparation for Academic Life (classes are NOT free). Wells Hall, MSU campus, 619 Red Cedar Rd., Room B-230
The English Language Center provides instruction to international students who need to improve their English language skills before beginning academic course work. The ELC also serves the international community by providing English language instruction against a backdrop of American life and academia.
ESL and FriendsFree classes on Mondays 7pm-9pm. (Adult beginner;
Adult conversation;
Child elementary;
Preschool childcare). Liberty Christian Church
2215 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 517-281-8126
QQ group at #424018382
ESL and Friends is a group of volunteers. They are also all Christians.
New visitors can pick any table they like to sit with a tutor. A maximum of a ratio of one to three students per tutor.
The first hour, we discuss many different things, usually about American culture. We can discuss food, holidays, family, traditions - anything you want!
After a ten minute break, we go over a text from the Bible as a conversation starter. We can read through the lesson and discuss the meaning. This is a good opportunity to discuss cultural similarities and differences, practice reading and pronunciation, and learn new words.
International Friendship HouseThey have free English classes including Bible studies. Sever Dr. East Lansing, MI 48823 517-332-8050 email: friendshiphousemsu@gmail.comThere 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)English Language Studies Program; English for Speakers of Other Languages (Students are responsible for their own fee). Center for Transitional Learning, LCC's Main Campus
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 107
(517) 483-1061
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 at LCC and beyond.
Lansing School District Adult EducationMultiple levels: English as a Second Language (ESL); Adult Basic Education (ABE); General Education Development (GED).We offer open enrollment, however because class fill up we maintain a waiting list to fill openings as they arise.
Our classes are free. ESL classes are offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ABE/GED classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hill Center, 5815 Wise Rd., Lansing, MI 48913
517-755-4063; Ingham County Correctional Center - ABE/GED; 2 locations:
640 North Cedar Street
Mason, Michigan 48854
Elmhurst School - ABE/GED/ESL
2400 Pattengill Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910; (517) 755-4040
Adult Education is available for students that are age 20 and older. It offers an opportunity for those who have dropped out of high school to continue with their Life Long Learning and become successful in their Career and College goals.
The Refugee Development CenterFree ESL & VESL classes (all ages). 600 W. Maple St. Suite A. Lansing MI 48906
Phone: (517) 999-5090
Director: Erika Brown-Binion
The Refugee Development Center (RDC) is a grassroots organization offering formal and informal learning opportunities in an open and inclusive setting. The RDC opened in 2002 because the Greater Lansing community identified service area gaps for newcomer populations seeking self-sufficiency. The common denominator in the gaps identified revolved around education, and hence, the mission of the center was born. Today, the RDC helps serve as the link between newcomer populations and the private, public, and faith-based communities of Ingham County.
Trinity ChurchFree English ESL classes. Church, 3355 Dunckel Road, Lansing, MI 48911; email: Bonnie Bankson or call 517-281-8126.Internationals and their family members are encouraged to take advantage of free English classes offered through Trinity Church. These classes are designed to help Internationals develop language skills and learn more about American culture. Free childcare only for children (4 years old and younger) of parents enrolled
Free Dean Transportation bus service from and to MSU campus.
Univeristy TutorEnglish tutors. the webiste and contact tutors. This is a website that offers contacts to private English tutors.
University Reformed ChurchThey 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. University Reformed Church: 841 Timberlane St., East Lansing; contact Nick (; Phone: 517.351.6810; Van rides from MSU are provided. Childcare is also provided.Our English class is an informal way to improve your conversational English while making friends with American tutors and other international students & scholars. No need to register first, just come and practice your English! We discuss a variety of topics, like food, culture, sports, holidays, jobs, entertainment, etc. It’s a great chance to practice your English and learn about American culture at the same time.
VETP (Volunteer English Tutoring Program, MSU)One-on-one conversation once a week. Mary HennesseyDirector
Volunteer English Tutoring Program
310 International Center
517-432-8243 or
The Volunteer English Tutoring Program (VETP) provides free English conversation practice for Michigan State University's international students and scholars and their adult family members through conversation classes and conversation partners.