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

This is not an endorsement of these classes--just general information about them. Email Paula Winke ( if you see anything on this page that needs to be changed.

Note that the Lansing Refugee Development Center maintains a list of area ESL classes. See their website and flyer.

The Capital Area District Library (CADL) downtown Lansing branch also has ESL opportunities. See their website at:


Form of Lesson




VETP (Volunteer English Tutoring Program), MSU

Free individual tutoring  & classes

VETP is a non-profit volunteer organization which aims to provide free English lessons for Michigan State University's international students, scholars, friends and family. To meet your specific needs, our program offers a wide selection of tutors and class schedules.

Volunteer English Tutoring Program (VETP)
Michigan State University
310A Delia Koo International Academic Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035

Trinity Church of Lansing

Free classes

Internationals at Trinity programs are designed to help internationals to learn more about English language skills and American culture, the details of which are as follows: Free ESL classes (Mondays 7-9pm), Sunday Morning International class (worship, prayer, bible study), and Outreach Programs (free seminars and workshops by MSU professors)

Trinity Church
3355 Dunckel Rd., Lansing, MI 48911

Refugee Development Center (Christ Lutheran Church of Lansing)

Free ESL and VESL classes

The RDC is a hope-filled, welcoming place that provides refugees with the education, support, and language skills they need to succeed.

Refugee Development Center
122 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 482-2252

International Friendship House by Lutheran ministry of area churches

Free classes

These classes for Adults (minimum age 18) provide opportunities to speak English in a casual setting. Topics for discussion include such things as American holidays, cooking, crafts, current events in the newspaper, sports, medical terms, etc. The class meets once a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours and are led by volunteers from the Lansing area.

ISM-LA Friendship House
929 Sever Drive
East Lansing MI 48823
(517) 332-8050

English Language Learning program by The Capital Area Literacy Coalition

Free individual tutoring & classes

Refugees and immigrants from 29 countries are receiving English instruction at the Capital Area Literacy Coalition. Students are interviewed to assess their oral English levels as well as their reading, writing and spelling abilities. They are also asked for their short-term and long-term goals. A translator is used when necessary.

Capital Area Literacy Coalition
1028 E. Sagnaw, Lansing, MI 48906
(517) 485-4949

Migrant Literacy Project by The Capital Area Literacy Coalition

Free classes

Volunteers in the Migrant Literacy Project teach reading and writing and English as a Second Language to Hispanic adults and children temporarily living in area migrant camps. Localities vary depending on season and growing schedules. Most camps are about a half hour drive away from Lansing. Carpooling is available.

Capital Area Literacy Coalition
1028 E. Sagnaw, Lansing, MI 48906
(517) 485-4949

A+ English Language School by Okemos Public School

Requires $ 350 registration fee // Classes are on Mon-Thu (8:30am~11:30)

This program provides an opportunity for foreign-born adult learners to achieve proficiency in English language communication skills (understanding, reading, writing and speaking) in order to transition to higher education, obtain or improve employment, and function within their community.

This is run by Okemos Public School
4406 N. Okemos Rd, Okemos, MI 48864
Classes are in the Wesley Foundation building at 1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI, which is near Goodrich’s Shop-Rite grocery store on Towbridge and S. Harrison Roads in East Lansing.
(517) 337-8353 or (517) 706-5000

Bilingual Education Department, Lansing School District

Free. (Six levels of listening, speaking, reading, and writing… pre-literacy through advanced)

Adult ESL program services ESL adult population in the Lansing area by providing certified ESL teachers who service 50 students each semester.  At the time of enrollment, the CASAS assessment is administered, and the staff completes enrollment forms individually with eligible students.


F204 at Hill Center, 5815 Wise Rd., Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 325-6225

Practice your English at the East Lansing Public Library

Free English conversation hour

Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 8:00 pm at the East Lansing Public library. Children welcome.

950 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

English classes at the Capital Area District Library in downtown Lansing, MI

Free English classes and U.S. Citizenship classes

Course times and offering vary. Contact the library for information.

401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48901
(517) 367-6300

Community English classes, Michigan State University

Low-cost conversation and U.S. Culture classes in Wells Hall on the MSU campus

Classes are for 6 weeks in the spring, twice a week for 2 hours each session. A placement test is given before classes start. In spring 2013, the fee for attending all 6 weeks of classes was $15.00 total.

Spring 2014 courses will be organized by Dr. Debra Hardison,