Language, Culture & Church Program (ESL)

Inaugurated in 1998, the Language, Culture & Church program (LCC) provides intensive English-language studies for seminarians whose first language is not English. Classes in English composition, grammar, speaking, and comprehension prepare these seminarians for further academic studies in the United States. On average, LCC students are enrolled in 20 to 23 hours of language training per week—17 to 19 hours of classroom instruction and 3 to 4 hours of language lab training.  Students also receive support in adapting to North American culture and to the Church in the United States, where they hope to someday minister.

A student completes the program when he successfully passes the official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Educational Testing Services. At Conception Seminary College a passing grade on the TOEFL iBT® is 70.

Moreover, as the goal of Conception Seminary College is to prepare those discerning a vocation to the ministerial priesthood, LCC students are included in the Seminary Formation program which is centered around the four pillars of priestly formation:

  • Human Formation
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Intellectual Formation
  • Pastoral Formation

Details about the LCC Program and classes can be found in the catalog. 


For more information about the LCC program, contact Anne Lech, Program Director at (660) 944-2936 or

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