English as a Second Language (ESL)

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 both day and evening at our main campus and the NewHolly Learning Center, and evenings only at our Georgetown campus. Tuition is $25 per quarter.

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 Center for International Education (WWB 121) at 206.934.5360 or cie@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 English language placement test and attend a mandatory two-day orientation and placement testing session. New students, or for those who have not attended classes in the last six months, must come to Cascade Hall, Room 311 to register for your orientation and testing sessions (see schedule below).

New Student Sign-up Schedule (Main Campus):

Fall Quarter 2019: August 20 - Sept. 4  

Winter Quarter 2020: Nov. 12 -  Nov. 26 

Spring Quarter 2020: Feb. 24 - March 11 

Summer Quarter 2020: May 18 - June 9 

Please contact the NewHolly Learning Center or our Georgetown campus for additional sign-up dates.