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English as a Second Language (ESL) Students

English as a Second Language Program (ESL)

Since 1989, the ESL Program has offered classes on a full-time or part-time basis to everyone interested in improving their English skills for personal and professional reasons. Classes are affordable, follow a flexible schedule and are taught by dynamic instructors in a student-oriented environment. These ESL courses also provide the students with opportunities to enter degree programs or pursue other training.


Placement Test (Prior to starting class)

Lehman College uses the CELSA test (Combined English Language Skills Assessment), a 45-minute computerized grammar test, which assesses and places college and adult ESL students quickly and accurately into beginning to advanced classes. It is approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Spoken and written English are assessed individually by a teacher.

For International Students in F-1 Status ONLY:

Complete the ESL  Application form and send it to the Brenda Perez,  at least 4 months before your requested program date. Be sure to include your email address.
There is a $100 dollar (U.S.), non-refundable, application fee that must be submitted with the application. After you receive your acceptance letter, you have to contact The International Student & Scholar Office for detailed instructions on how to apply for your I-20 and student visa.

Intensive English Program (Full-Time)

This program is open to everyone.

ESL Morning Session (Reading, Writing, and Grammar meets 9 hrs. per week)
ESL Afternoon Session (Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation meets 9 hrs. per week)

An international student is required by the federal regulations to maintain a full-time course of study, which is 18 hours of instruction (attendance) per week as prescribed in 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6) and (10). The annual cost for three semesters is $6,834.

Part-Time Program

These integrated skills classes will help you improve your grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening and pronunciation skills.  Evening classes meet twice per week. Click here for more schedule information.

Evening ESL
10 sessions/30 hours
Saturday ESL
10 sessions/30 hours
ESL Writing
10 sessions/30 hours

Testing Hours

All new students must take the placement test and pay a non-refundable $20 testing fee, which will be deducted from your tuition cost when you complete the registration. The testing fee can be applied to any course for a period of one year from the day of payment.

Monday: Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am -12:00 pm

No appointment needed

For more information, please call 718-960-8512 or email:

Office & Testing Locations:

Lehman College Campus Office
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Carman Hall 128
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 6:30pm
Fridays: 9am - 4:30pm
Saturdays: 9am - 1:30pm

CUNY on the Concourse Office
2501 Grand Concourse, 3rd Floor
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 5:30pm, Fridays: 9am - 3pm
Saturdays: 9am - 12pm

Phone: 718-960 8659

Common European Framework

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing.

The following table gives an indication of these levels.

ESL Levels

Coordinator Contact:

Bryan Fox
Email: esl@lehman.cuny.du

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