English as a Second Language


Winter Orientations begin in December 2021 and classes start on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. We will be accepting students all quarter. Classes will be in-person, hybrid, or online. Please see the college class schedule.

Please contact us for more information and to be added to the Winter waiting list:

In-person help on campus Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room 3138 on Central’s main campus. Extended in-person hours will start November 1st.

Email: btsinfo@seattlecolleges.edu
Phone: 206.934.4180

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, 5A, and ESL 081 (the equivalent of 5A). 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).

Welcome New Students

All new students must attend an orientation. Morning and evening orientations for new students will be held before the upcoming quarter. The orientation includes program information, assessments, goal setting, and registering for core classes. Tuition ($25) is for orientation; the classes you are placed in at the end of orientation are included in this tuition. Orientation must be completed before you can enroll in class.

Get Started

Fall Orientations start September 13.

  • Contact Basic and Transitional Studies to register for an orientation
  • Attend orientation
  • Pay the $25 tuition
  • Start class



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 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.