Language, Culture & Church Program (ESL)

Since 1998, men discerning a vocation to the ministerial priesthood whose first language is not English have enrolled in the Language, Culture & Church program (LCC) at Conception Seminary College.

LCC students, on average, 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.  The English composition, grammar, pronunciation, and comprehension classes prepare these seminarians for further academic studies in the United States.

In addition to their coursework, LCC students are included in the Human, Spiritual, and Pastoral formation pillars of priestly formation.  Students also receive support in understanding North American culture and the Church in the United States.

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.

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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