English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered to help non–native speakers to communicate in English through the development of skills in listening and observing, speaking, reading, and writing. At the beginning level, emphasis is on improving listening comprehension, vocabulary development, and English structure. The courses advance to notetaking, composition, oral presentation, and class discussion at the more advanced levels. We have levels 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, 5B, and ESL 081 (the equivalent of 5B). These classes are at the $25/quarter rate. We serve immigrants and refugees in this program only. Individuals with F, M, B, Student, or J visas are not eligible for Basic & Transitional Studies.

After ESL 081, the Transitional ESL sequence prepares students directly for English 101. Students can be placed directly in these 90-level classes from ESL 081, or some students place into these classes via the College Success test for non-native English speakers (in the Testing Office).

How to Enroll

New students must register before the quarter begins and attend an orientation. The orientation is 3 hours a day for 4 days and includes program information, assessments, testing, goal setting and registering for core classes. When you come in, bring a picture ID and $25 for tuition. Tuition is for orientation; the classes you are placed in at the end of orientation are included in this tuition.

Call 206.934.4180 to find out the date you can come in to register for orientation.

To register

  1. Visit room BE3122 on the Seattle Central main campus. bring a picture ID and $25 for tuition.
  2. Register for orientation.
  3. Pay the $25 tuition.
  4. Start attending classes on the first day of the quarter.

College Preparatory English for Non–native Speakers (Transitional ESL)

Students: Call the Seattle Central Testing Office to make an appointment for the Placement Test: 206.934.6344.

All of the College Preparatory classes (ESL 093, ESL 096, ESL 097, ESL 098, ESL 099) have standard college tuition. Contact the Registration office for the current tuition and fee schedule.

Class schedule and offerings vary each quarter. See the online class schedule for further description of ESL 096, ESL 097, ESL 098, and ESL 099 and how they are configured.

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