BENTON TOWNSHIP — Registration is now open to the community for non-credit English as a second language classes at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave.

Courses will run July 8-Aug. 1. The deadline to register is June 26.

Students will learn about U.S. culture and American English language through instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as field trips throughout Berrien County.

At the end of a class, students will be prepared to use their new language skills socially, in the workplace or for further study at LMC.

Intermediate and advanced level classes are available in the evening. Non-native English speakers older than 18 are welcome regardless of visa status or previous language training.

Course instructors have credentials in teaching English as a second language and at least five years of experience teaching English to adults.

Monique Yoder, director of the ESL classes, said there are several benefits to taking the course.

“Non-native speakers of English working in business can benefit from our ‘Email Writing’ class to help them better communicate in the work place,” Yoder said in a news release. “Foreign students who want to apply to colleges and universities in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois as an international student can get ahead of the game by taking our ‘TOEFL iBT Test Preparation’ class.”

All courses are four weeks long with two classes per week. Classes are from 6-8 p.m. either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday, depending on which class a student takes.

For more information, or to registration, visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/esl-ce.

Students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

For questions, contact Yoder at yoderm@lakemichigancollege.edu or 927-4557.