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English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Learn Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing

English Language Acquisition (ELA; formerly ABE ESL) provides ELA (ESL) classes to non-native-English-speaking immigrants, refugees, and citizens.

Who Can Take ELA Classes?

Anyone who:

  • is over 18;
  • is a refugee, immigrant, resident or citizen of the United States;
  • lives in Washington state;
  • is a non-native English speaker; and
  • places into ESL Level 1-6.
  • We also accept students with following visas type A, E, G, H, I, K, L, or R.

There are a few exceptions.

Tuition is $25 per quarter.

How to Get Started

New and returning students, sign up for a Testing and Advising Orientation Session below.

If you are in the United States with an F, M, TN, J or B visa, call Office of International Programs at 425.640.1518 for information about other ESL programs.

Get Started

We offer:

  • Six levels - Beginning Literacy through Advanced
  • Online day, afternoon and evening classes
  • ELA (ESL) Skills Lab - for students in Level 1-4
  • ELA (ESL) Language Lab - for students in Level 4-6
  • Preparation for College - We offer advanced ELA (ESL) classes to help you prepare for college classes in subjects like Allied Health, and Business. Math classes are also available for students in levels 4 and above. We also have a Transitions Case Manager who can help you plan for college, learn what steps you need to take to start college, and give you information about Financial Aid. Learn more about taking college classes after ELA (ESL) and how to meet with the Transitions Case Manager.