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If you want to improve your English in order to become a better parent, worker, and community member, this program can accommodate you in day or evening ESL classes offered at the Kirkland and Redmond campuses.

All ESL and ABE classes cost $25 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.


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Six Levels of ESL

Day and evening classes ESL classes are offered to immigrants and refugees at LWTech's Kirkland and Redmond campuses. Day classes usually are 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and evening classes are 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

Depending on the level and the schedule, classes can meet from six (6) hours a week to 15 hours a week (3 hours a day). At each level, students work on improving all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

Level Code Title Time
1 EASL
015
Beginning ESL
Literacy
MTWTh
9-11:50 AM
EASL
015
Beginning ESL
Literacy
MTWTh
6-8:50 PM
2 EASL
016

Low-Beginning
ESL

MTWTh
9-11:50 AM
EASL
016
Low-Beginning
ESL
MTWTh
6-8:50 PM
3 EASL
030
High-Beginning
ESL
MTWTh
9-11:50 AM
EASL
030
High-Beginning
ESL
MTWTh
6-8:50 PM
EASL
030
High-Beginning
ESL
TTh
6-8:50 PM
4 EASL
040
Low-Intermediate
ESL
MTWTh
9-11:50 AM
EASL
040
Low-Intermediate
ESL
MW
6-8:50 PM
EASL
040
Low-Intermediate
ESL
MTWTh
6-8:50 PM
5 EASL
050
High-Intermediate
ESL
MTWTh
9-11:50 AM
EASL
050
High-Intermediate
ESL
TTh
6-8:50 PM
6 EASL
065
Advanced
ESL
MTWThF
8-10:50 AM

 

In addition to regular ESL classes, our program offers:

  • Civics classes: introduce students to campus and community resources, US history, holidays, and government
  • On-line classes: help students improve reading and writing skills, review and practice grammar; students participate by submitting weekly on-line assignments
  • I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training): gives ESL/ABE students the opportunity to take professional-technical classes while they are still enrolled in higher-level ESL/ABE classes

All new students need to take a placement test, attend a program orientation class, register and pay $25. For more information, please contact the Academic Support Center at (425) 739-8359 or (425) 739-8100 ext. 8656.

You can also stop by the Academic Support Center.

Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our multilingual staff will assist all prospective students.

How to Begin

All prospective ESL students need to follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the intake form. You can do it on-line or on paper (if you choose to do it on paper, you will have to come to the Academic Skills Center - room T217)

  2. Take a placement test

  3. Attend a program orientation class

  4. Take a pre-test

  5. Enroll and pay $25*

* All ESL and ABE classes cost $25 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.

English Language Civics

Civics classes are usually 2-3 credits and are offered in the morning, afternoon, or evening, in addition to ESL levels 1-6. Most Civics classes introduce students to campus and community resources, United States history, holidays, and government. Certain Civics sections focus on ESL Parent Education and Citizenship Preparation.

The Civics classes are:

  • EASL 017 - Beginning English Language Civics

  • EASL 018 - Intermediate English Language Civics

All ESL and ABE classes cost $25 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.

Online Writing

On-line classes under the Basic Skills program help students improve reading and writing skills, review and practice grammar. Each quarter, special Orientation sessions are offered, after each students participate by submitting weekly online assignments.

Two on-line classes are currently available to ESL and ABED students:

  • EASL 057 - On-Line Writing for High-Intermediate ESL

  • ABED 054 - On-Line Grammar and Writing for Advanced ESL Learners

All ESL and ABE classes cost $25 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.

College Transition Classes

The Basic Skills program offers special classes to assist ESL/ABED student transition to technical programs. Higher-level ESL and ABED students interested in the college's technical programs have the option to co-enroll in:

  • EASL 080 - ESL/ABE College Transition

Additional course work is available to ESL/ABE students who are interested in Healthcare occupations and in the future plan to enroll in one of the Allied Health programs on campus. Instead of taking the regular class sequence, ESL 4 and 5 students (after completion of level 4, respectively 5, or placement into level 5, respectively ABED 045/046) may choose to take special focus ESL/ABED classes under the two classes of the Healthcare Bridge. The two Healthcare Bridge classes cover the same language skills as the regular ESL 5 and ESL 6/ABED 046 but in the context of Health/Science instead of a general context. Students may choose to take the Healthcare Bridge class only, or the regular ESL 5 (morning or evening) plus the Healthcare Bridge class:

  • EASL 053 - Healthcare Bridge I

  • ABED 054 - Healthcare Bridge II

All ESL and ABE classes cost $25 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.