English as a Second Language (ESL)

Basic & Transitional Studies

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language classes are offered to adults at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes are offered online, both day and evening at this time.

Conversation, pronunciation, reading, writing and grammar are taught in a combined skills core class with special emphasis on the skills for survival English and employment-related English. Teachers will help students choose specific skills to supplement their core classes.

All of our ESL classes lead students toward college and career readiness. To learn more about our career pathways, visit our I-BEST/Career Training page.


Please Note: The Basic & Transitional Studies program serves immigrants, US residents, and refugees only. Individuals who are in this country with Student (F-1, M-1), B (visitor), or J (nanny or au pair) visas are not eligible for Basic & Transitional Studies.

International students (F, M visas) should contact the International Programs Office at 206.934.5360 or email IntlFutureStudent@seattlecolleges.edu for additional information. Visitors (B, J visas) should contact Continuing Education (OLY 130) at 206.934.5539 for English classes.


Before entering the ESL program, students must take an online English Assessment. New students, or those who have not attended classes in the last six months, must complete the ESL Online Application to register for your English Assessment.