Lake Land College Offers Free GED and ESL Classes

Lake Land College’s adult education program provides free GED and English as a second language (ESL) classes to students aged 17 and older. This program is supported by funding from the Illinois Community College Board Adult Education and Family Literacy grant.

In the GED courses offered at Lake Land College, students receive instruction, textbooks, online resources, and practice tests to help improve their language arts, social studies, math, and science skills in preparation for the GED exams. The ESL classes, on the other hand, aim to introduce non-native speakers to the English language and immerse them in the language through reading, writing, and conversational activities.

Both the GED and ESL courses begin with an orientation session where students learn about the classes and take their initial assessments. The orientations for GED courses take place during the first week of the month in October through November and January through April. Upon completion of the orientation, students can start attending GED classes at various locations including Charleston, Effingham, Marshall, Mattoon, Pana, Paris, Shelbyville, and Sullivan.

For the public ESL courses, orientations are held during the second week of October through November and January through April. After completing the orientation, students can attend ESL classes at locations such as Arthur, Charleston, Effingham, Marshall, and Mattoon.

For more information and a complete schedule of orientations and classes, visit Lake Land College’s website: You can also contact the Adult Education line at 217-238-8292 or Shannon McGregor, the director of adult and alternative education, at 217-238-8383 or at [email protected].