About the ESL Program

English as a Second Language Program

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program at Lane Community College provides intensive English language training to a wide cross-section of residents in Lane County. This program enrolls students from more than 40 different nations and features staff who are highly-qualified and culturally-sensitive to the needs of second language learners. ESL serves about 500 students per term at two locations, Main Campus and the Downtown Academic Center.

The ESL Program:

  • Serves resident students
  • Has six different levels of comprehensive English instruction for students from pre-beginning ability to pre-college entrance
  • Offers oral and written placement tests
  • Integrates skills in core classes at each level
  • Offers daytime classes at Main Campus and evening classes at Downtown Campus

Who is Eligible?

  • U.S. immigrants
  • Refugees
  • Migrant workers
  • Other permanent residents of Lane County
  • International students, through Lane's International Department

Student Services

The ESL Program provides the following services to Lane County residents:

  • Academic advising
  • Orientation to life in the United States
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring with native speakers

How to Enroll

To schedule an appointment for placement testing:

  • Call (541) 463-5253 (Main Campus) or (541) 463-6190 (Downtown)
  • Come to the ESL office on Main Campus-Bldg 11, Rm 201
    Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 p.m.
  • Come to the Downtown Campus - 101 West 10th Ave., 2nd floor
    Monday and Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

Mission Statement

The mission of the English as a Second Language Department 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.