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Phone:206.934.4180
Room:BE3122

English as a Second Language (ESL)

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 serve immigrants and refugees in this program only. Individuals with F, M, B, Student, or J visas are not eligible for Basic & Transitional Studies.

All new students must attend a 1 credit orientation. New students can start signing up for Spring Quarter classes on, or after, March 4th, 2014 in Room 3122. More information will be given at the office. We will have options in the morning and evening. Call 206.934.4180 with questions.


College Preparatory English for Non–native Speakers

Students: Call the Seattle Central Testing Office to make an appointment for the COMPASS 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 fee schedule.

ESL Resources for Students


College Preparatory Classes

Class schedule and offerings vary each quarter.

Basic English Writing for Non–Native Speakers
Prereq: placement on ESL COMPASS Test This course focuses on control of English sentence structure, syntax, grammar and punctuation. Emphasizes writing skills.
ESL093 – 01 – 5

College Prepatory English for Non–Native Speakers 1: Writing
Prereq: Appropriate placement on the English Placement Test or by instructor's permission. This course is designed for non–native speakers. It offers practice in writing correct English sentences and developing coherent paragraphs into short essay answers and lab reports. Emphasis is on strengthening writing skills.
ESL097–01–5

College Prepatory English for Non–Native Speakers 2: Reading
Prereq: Grade 2.0 or better in ESL 096, appropriate placement on the English Placement Test, or by instructor's permission. This course is designed for non–native speakers. It offers advanced work in reading comprehension, improving vocabulary, and critical reading skills using college materials.
ESL098–01–5

College Prepatory English for Non–Native Speakers 2: Writing
PREREQ: Grade 2.0 or better in ESL 097, appropriate placement on the English Placement Test, or by instructor's permission. This course is designed for non–native speakers. They will develop advanced writing skills by using various formats and devices typically found in college compositions and reports.
ESL099 –01–5

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