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ESL student Farhana sitting in class

"Thank you for the opportunity to learn English as a Second Language in this will help me go foward in the future!" -Farhana Miah Summer 2023 Intensive English Program Participant

About Our ESL Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Lehman College in the Bronx offers ESL 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 students with opportunities to enter degree programs or pursue other training.

Learn and Study English Online or In-Person

Join us from New York City or from wherever you are in the world!

Our ESL program is designed to help you improve your employment prospects, access higher education, earn credentials, and communicate effectively in the Bronx, in local US communities, and in the English-speaking world. Classes are affordable, follow a flexible schedule, and are taught by dynamic instructors in a learner-focused environment.

The majority of our courses are in HyFlex modality starting from the Fall 2022 semester. HyFlex modality allows students the choice to attend in person or online from class to class. Click this link for more information about class prices, dates and schedules.

Please note: The price of required e-books is not included in the course fees.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Our ESL Course Offerings:

Intensive English Program (IEP) - Morning and Afternoon Classes

If you are a committed learner who is focused on college, graduate school, or professional advancement, this course is ideal for you! Designed for all levels of proficiency, you may elect to focus on particular skills in the morning or afternoon.  However, if you desire an 18-hour per week instructional program, enroll in both courses, Grammar/Reading/Writing, and Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation, for a genuinely immersive experience.

ESL Evening Courses

If you work during the day or have limited time to study, our evening program is ideal for anyone who has demands on their time and wants balanced instruction in all skills.

English for Beginners

In this course, you will build foundational communication skills to make daily life in the US more navigable.

English for the Workplace (Saturday Course)

Start the weekend off moving closer to your goals! Using authentic English language materials and media, this course improves your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in everyday workplace interactions.


Once you have decided on the course, click on the green button “Add to Cart” under the course description. New users will need to create an account. Registration has to be completed in one sitting, as partially completed registration cannot be saved for a future session. You will receive information about a placement test after you have registered and paid for the course.

ESL Private Lessons

Adding private lessons to your schedule is a highly effective tool to get the targeted language help you need. By working with one of our skilled instructors, you can customize the learning objectives to fit your unique needs and accelerate your progress. Our lessons give you access to the undivided attention and expertise of a qualified instructor who will offer relevant interventions and guidance with impact to move you effectively towards your specific academic or professional goals as quickly as possible.

Customize your lesson time (AM or PM) and length from 30-120 minutes

Customize frequency of lessons from 1-5 meetings per week

Customize your start date

Private lesson plans may be purchased in 5, 10, 15, or 20-hour increments and are available for individual study or small group study of 2, 3, 4, or maximum of 5 students.

For additional details, including pricing and policies, start building your plan by submitting our request form. We will match you with an instructor according to your needs, areas of interest, and availability. Once matched, a private payment link will be sent.

International Students (F-1 student visa status only)

The Lehman College ESL Program is legally authorized to enroll non-immigrant alien students. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, there are unique regulatory considerations. If you have already established and currently maintain your F-1 visa status, our team will be happy to discuss the transfer process with you, and help you determine the best program start date based on your situation, and modality of attendance to maintain your status.

If you are outside the USA or intend to apply for a change of status, we will be able to offer an I-20 for students prepared to attend class in person at our Bronx campuses.

Testing and Placement

The Lehman College ESL Program uses the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) to place students in sections of similar ability. The OOPT is an online, multiple-choice exam that tests ability in grammar, vocabulary, reading, and listening. It takes around one hour to complete. Your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills are verified by our instructors, and if necessary, placement is adjusted. After registration, you will be sent a link to the test, which can be taken from any computer (sound required). The price of the test is included in the course fee. You can check your English level at no cost.


Coordinator Contact:



+1 718 960 6914 (English)

+1 718 960 8659 (Español)