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Welcome to the English as a Second Language Department

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The English as a Second Language (ESL) Department at Lane Community College has programs for adult students who wish to improve their oral and written communication skills for work, community, and academic goals.

The ESL department enrolls students from more than 40 different nations and features instructors and staff who are highly-qualified and culturally-sensitive to the needs of English language learners.

Permanent residents and international students study together, and all instruction is conducted exclusively in English. There is no minimum skill level to enroll in ESL classes.

ESL serves about 400 students per term at two locations: Main Campus and the Downtown Campus.

Intensive English Program (Main Campus)

Building 1, Main Campus

We offer a 6 level daytime program designed for students who are able to dedicate between 2 and 4 hours daily to attending class. Students who complete this program are prepared to transition to work or to other training and academic programs, including credit and noncredit programs in community colleges or universities. 

Community English Program (Downtown Campus)

Downtown Campus photoWe also offer a 6 level evening class that meets twice a week for students with busy schedules. This program prepares students with the English language skills they need to improve employment opportunities, participate more in the community, help their children in school, and meet other personal goals. 

ESL Department Mission Statement

The mission of English as a Second Language is to assist non-native speakers, both resident and international students, to achieve educational, workplace or other personal goals by facilitating English language learning and intercultural understanding in a supportive, respectful environment