ESL courses are available for credit-seeking students who need to improve English skills to be successful in their classes or career.  Students in this program are often international or from the local community.

Lorain County Community College offers “English As A Second Language” (ESL) courses at various levels in:

  • Reading, Vocabulary, and American Culture
  • Grammar and Composition
  • Pronunciation, Conversation and Listening Comprehension
  • Idioms

ESL classes will help you further your education and prepare you for a job, as well as help you to communicate more effectively.


Is ESL for Me?

ESL courses may be taken if you feel you need to further strengthen your English speaking, writing, or comprehension skills.  You may also be referred to the English as a Second Language Office if Accuplacer test scores show a need for ESL placement.

For more information, please contact the International Initiatives office at 440-366-4069.


ESL Pronunciation Lab

Students registered in ESL courses at LCCC are eligible to use software in the college’s ESL/computer laboratory.  This software combines the technology of computer-assisted training with established instructional theory. Software is provided for multiple levels of ability. Each program contains several lessons relevant to everyday situations. Each lesson develops students’ grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and understanding of American culture.

The Pronunciation Lab provides scheduled, guided language support to ESL students.  Pronunciation software enables students to practice the vowel and consonant sounds that give them the most difficulty. Students can record their voices and compare their pronunciation to the software audio.  The pronunciation activity uses video models to allow students to see how sounds are formed.


Tutoring in ESL

Like all other programs and classes for which the college’s Academic Support Center offers tutoring, ESL tutoring is available and free. You will find it easy to get help, not only in practicing conversation in English, but with other subjects like mathematics and science as well. Students who are interested in tutoring services should contact the Academic Support Center located in the College Center.


Students Speak About Their LCCC Experiences

“LCCC makes me feel like home where I have amazing friends and all wonderful experiences.”  Ngan Lai, Vietnam

“ESL classes are a good transient state for me as I didn’t know how to anticipate American classes when I first came to the US.” Weizhuan He, China

“It strongly has brought me a big change.  Being confident and easy to start speaking in English. It is unbelievable!”  Chaelim Yu, South Korea

“I can positively say Lorain County Community College has made me a better person.  It has helped me develop a positive attitude towards my studies and discover more about myself.  Teachers are very caring and interested in students’ well-being.  They make sure every class is fun, educational and interactive.” Jonathan Pataoli, Dem. Rep. of Congo

“Don’t miss the great opportunity to take ESL classes!  I assure they will help you live a successful life in the USA.” Minseok Seo, South Korea

“ESL help me a lot with my confidence in speaking English with others. Everything from my pronunciation to communicating made me better thanks to the ESL program.”  Julianys Soto, Puerto Rico