Three students studying together

The ESL Lab

The ESL Lab provides assistance for all students enrolled in ESL classes. The ESL Lab, located in Jefferson Hall 318, offers both in-person and online services. At the ESL Lab, you can:

  • Meet with a tutor (in-person or online)
  • Submit assignments and get feedback from tutors
  • Attend workshops and conversation club sessions
  • Practice grammar and writing skills with the Achieve online program
  • Check out a book from the ESL Library
  • Use computer stations to complete assignments


Student logging into the ESL Lab computer

Working with a Tutor

The ESL Lab, located in Jefferson Hall 318, provides individual tutoring and writing support for students in all ESL classes. You can receive tutoring from both ESL professors and trained student tutors. All hours are both in-person and online unless noted.

Student working with tutor in the ESL Lab


Online Tutoring

To visit the ESL Lab online, you will need to log into Penji and drop in for tutoring.

How to get started with Penji:

  1. Visit or click on “LACC Penji Tutoring” in Canvas and log in using your student email or SSO.
  2. Click “Get Started” and then select “Learn”
  3. Select "Los Angeles City College" and then select "LACC | ESL Lab"

Visit our Penji info page for instructions and videos to help you get started with Penji.

Drop in for tutoring at the ESL Lab 


Student Using Computer in ESL Lab




Attend a workshop taught by an ESL professor! The ESL Lab workshops focus on specific writing, grammar, reading, and computer skills. There are workshops for students of all levels, from low intermediate through advanced.

Workshops are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. both in person in Jefferson Hall and on Zoom. If you'd like to attend on Zoom, you can reserve a spot on Penji or simply click the Zoom link below.

Mondays: Jefferson Hall 310 & online, 1 - 2 pm
 Monday Zoom Meeting  

Wednesdays: Jefferson Hall 310 & online, 1 - 2 pm
Wednesday Zoom Meeting

Students attending a workshop in the ESL Lab

Mondays (1 - 2 pm) Wednesdays (1 -2 pm)
Feb. 12 - Using Email and Canvas Feb. 14 - Using Microsoft Word
Feb. 19 - Holiday Feb. 21 - Main Ideas, Supporting Details, & Annotating
Feb. 26 - Parts of Speech Feb. 28 - Parallel Structure
Mar. 4 - MLA Documentation Mar. 6 - Essay Organization and Outlining
Mar. 11 - Definite and Indefinite Articles Mar. 13 - Thesis Statements
Mar. 18 - Main Ideas, Supporting Details, & Annotating Mar. 20 - Subject-Verb Agreement
Mar. 25 - Topic Sentences and Paragraph Structure Mar. 27 - Summarizing and Paraphrasing
Apr. 8 - Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices Apr. 10 - Avoiding Verb Form Errors
Apr. 15 - Vocabulary Building Apr. 17 - Modal Verbs
Apr. 22 - Adjective Clauses Apr. 24 - Holiday
Apr. 29 - Essay Organization and Outlining May 1 - MLA Documentation
May 6 - Thesis Statements May 8 - Coordinating and Paired Conjunctions
May 13 - Avoiding Verb Form Errors May 15 - Sentence Structure and Sentence Types
May 20 - Notetaking May 22 - Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices


Conversation Club

The Conversation Club is an opportunity for students in ESL classes to practice speaking skills in a small group setting. Each weekly meeting focuses on a topic for conversation and a grammar skill. All are welcome for these fun sessions!

Tuesdays: Jefferson Hall 310, 1 - 2 pm 

Three students looking at a laptop together in the ESL Lab




Tuesdays (1 - 2 pm) Conversation Topics
February 13 Introductions - Simple Present, present perfect
February 20 Growing Old - Past regular verbs
February 27 Transportation Systems – Modals can, will, and might
March 5 Gender Roles – Phrasal verbs
March 12 Sleep – Adverbs of frequency, simple present/past
March 19 Disasters – Future perfect
March 26 Cheating – Indefinite pronouns
April 9 Calling in Sick – Passive voice
April 16 Justice Systems – Modal perfect should have
April 23 What Would You Do If...? – Present and past unreal conditionals
April 30 War and the Military – Past continuous
May 7 Professionalism – Perfect modal: must have
May 14 Moving Children Out – Say and tell


ESL Library

The ESL Library has a large collection of books ranging in level from high beginning through low advanced. ESL students can enjoy reading both contemporary novels and adaptations of literary classics. Check out a reader from the ESL Library for enjoyment and learning!

Here's what to do:

1. View the ESL Library Book List to see the list of available books or come to JH 318 to see the collection.

2. Submit the ESL Library Check Out Form to request  your book.

3. Receive a confirmation email that your book is ready.

4. Pick up your book in JH 318!

Questions? Email:


Students looking at books in the ESL Lab

Achieve Online Grammar & Writing Program

Achieve is an online program that can help you with your grammar and writing skills at your own pace. Achieve is free for LACC students and is available during the fall and spring semesters.

Achieve Online Grammar & Writing Program 

Computer screen with the word "Achieve"


Computer Stations

The ESL Lab has 14 computer stations. ESL students are welcome to use the computers to work on their compositions, complete their homework assignments, access library databases, and check their student email. Headsets are available for use in the ESL Lab.

Students looking at a computer in the ESL Lab




Office Hours and Location

Jefferson Hall (JH) 318
Online & In Person (unless noted)

Fall & Spring

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 12:00PM-8:00PM (5:00PM-8:00PM online only)
Friday: 9:00AM-2:00PM (online only)

Winter & Summer: Closed