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.

Please note: The Writing Support Center & ESL Lab are closed during the first week of the semester for prep week and tutor training. We look forward to helping you beginning on September 5!

What you can do at the ESL Lab:

  • Meet with a tutor (online or in person)
  • 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 Lab Reader Library
  • Use computer stations to complete assignments

Visit the ESL Lab on Penji

To visit the ESL Lab online, you will need to register and drop in for tutoring on Penji.
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"
Penji Information

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

Workshops & Conversation Club


Workshops are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in person and on Zoom. You can reserve a spot on Penji or click the Zoom link below.

Tuesdays: JH 310 & online, 1-2 p.m.

Wednesdays: JH 318 & online, 1-2 p.m.

Conversation Club

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

Thursdays: JH 310, 1-2 p.m. 


  • Tues. 9/5, 1-2 p.m., Using Email and Canvas
  • Wed. 9/6, 1-2 p.m., Using Microsoft Word
  • Thurs. 9/7, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Diet & Exercise; Grammar: Simple Present, Present Perfect, Imperatives)
  • Tues. 9/12, 1-2 p.m., Summarizing and Paraphrasing
  • Wed. 9/13, 1-2 p.m., Main Ideas, Supporting Details, & Annotating
  • Thurs. 9/14, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Favorite Things; Grammar; Questions, Present, Past, Present Perfect)
  • Tues. 9/19, 1-2 p.m., Parts of Speech
  • Wed. 9/20, 1-2 p.m., Notetaking
  • Thurs. 9/21, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Pets; Grammar: Present Perfect with "Ever")
  • Tues. 9/26, 1-2 p.m., MLA Documentation
  • Wed. 9/27, 1-2 p.m., Essay Organization and Outlining
  • Thurs. 9/28, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Job Interviews; Grammar: Present, Past, Gerunds)
  • Tues. 10/3, 1-2 p.m., Definite and Indefinite Articles
  • Wed. 10/4, 1-2 p.m., Thesis Statements
  • Thurs. 10/5, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: The Best of Everything; Grammar: Adjectives, Superlatives)
  • Tues. 10/10, 1-2 p.m., Main Ideas, Supporting Details, & Annotating
  • Wed. 10/11, 1-2 p.m., Subject- Verb Agreement
  • Thurs. 10/12, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Family; Grammar: Adjectives, Present, Past, Present Perfect)
  • Tues. 10/17, 1-2 p.m., Topic Sentences and Paragraph Structure
  • Wed. 10/18, 1-2 p.m., Tutor Symposium (tutors only)​​​​​
  • Thurs. 10/19, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Superstition; Grammar: Present Real Conditional; Reported Speech with "Say" and "Tell")
  • Tues. 10/24, 1-2 p.m., Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices(JH 310 and online)
  • Wed. 10/25, 1-2 p.m., Avoiding Verb Form Errors
  • Thurs. 10/26, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Love; Grammar: Present Unreal Conditional)
  • Tues. 10/31, 1-2 p.m., Vocabulary Building
  • Wed. 11/1, 1-2 p.m., Modal Verbs
  • Thurs. 11/2, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Stress; Grammar: Adjective Comparatives - "Less Than" and "More Than")
  • Tues. 11/7, 1-2 p.m., Adjective Clauses
  • Wed. 11/8, 1-2 p.m., Coordinating and Paired Conjunctions
  • Thurs. 11/9, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Pollution and Recycling; Grammar: Passive Voice)
  • Tues. 11/14, 1-2 p.m., Essay Organization and Outlining
  • Wed. 11/15, 1-2 p.m., MLA Documentation
  • Thurs. 11/16, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Money Management; Grammar; Future -- "Will" and "Be Going To")
  • Tues. 11/21, 1-2 p.m., Thesis Statements
  • Wed. 11/22, 1-2 p.m., Topic Sentences and Paragraph Structure
  • Thurs. 11/23, 1-2 p.m., Holiday
  • Tues. 11/28, 1-2 p.m., Avoiding Verb Form Errors 
  • Wed. 11/29, 1-2 p.m., Sentence Structure and Sentence Types
  • Thurs. 11/30, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Excuses and Lies; Grammar: Modal -- "Must/Must Not")
  • Tues. 12/5, 1-2 p.m., Parallel Structure 
  • Wed. 12/6, 1-2 p.m., Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices
  • Thurs. 12/7, 1-2 p.m., Conversation Club (Topic: Growing Old; Grammar: Present, Past, Past Regular Verbs)

ESL Lab Reader Library

Check out a reader from the ESL Lab library for enrichment reading!

Here's what to do:

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

2. Submit the ESL Lab Library Reader 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:


ESL Lab Contact

Office Hours and Location

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

Fall & Spring

Monday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 12:00PM - 7:00PM (5:00PM-7:00PM online only)
Wednesday: 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday: 12:00PM-5:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM-2:00PM (online only)

Winter & Summer: closed