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English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Frequently Asked Questions

Students, thank you for your interest in the English Language Acquisition (ELA; formerly ABE ESL) Program. We hope that this information is helpful and look forward to helping you with your registration and seeing you in class.

What Does ELA mean?

English Language Acquisition (ELA; formerly ABE ESL) - English classes are partially funded by the U.S. government. Each state gets money to help pay for classes that teach basic skills (reading, writing, math, and English as a Second Language) so that adults can be productive workers, family members, and citizens in the United States.

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. Please email us your question esladvising@edmonds.edu

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.

How Can I Register for Classes?

Go to edmonds.edu/start-ela to sign up for a Advising Orientation Session.

How Much is Tuition? What if I Can't Afford It?

ELA (ESL) classes cost $25 per quarter. If you can't pay the tuition, you may be able to get a waiver (permission not to pay). The waiver is valid for one quarter; then you must reapply.

If the $25 is difficult for you to pay (for example EBT card, WIC, unemployed), please ask you teacher or advisor for help.

What Tests Do I Have to Take and What Happens Next?

Due to COVID-19, we must advise and place our ESL students through an online orientation and assessment process. During your phone interview with an Advisor we will discuss your placement and answer any questions you have.  

What Happens to My Tuition if I Can't Attend Classes at All?

You can ask to be dropped from the class (email esladvising@edmonds.edu) or you can withdraw — remove yourself from the class (email your teacher). When you withdraw, ask for a refund of your $25.  Pay attention to the withdrawal and refund deadlines in the academic calendar.

Is it Necessary to Return to the ELA (ESL) Advising Office to Register Every Quarter?

No. Registration for the next quarter will happen with your teacher at the end of the quarter. However, if you stop attending or if you take some time off, you will have to restart the registration process.


Resources are available for students with all types of disabilities, such as those who are deaf, blind or visually impaired, have mobility or language issues, learning disabilities, or who have chronic health, neurological, psychological, or emotional issues. Services offered include: one-on-one tutoring, test scribes, readers, recorded books, large print materials, and braille. We also help students work with outside agencies and other programs to ensure they succeed in college. Please contact the SSD Office for more information.

College Communications

College communications including financial aid, registration, graduation information etc. will be directed to your preferred email address in your ctcLink account. This may be your personal email address from any email provider (Google, Yahoo, etc.). See below on how to verify your preferred email address in ctcLink. You are responsible for communications sent to this address. Visit our FAQ for more information.

New Student?

All new students registered after March 2021 will have a new Edmonds College student email created 24-48 hours after they register. This is the Triton Email account. To access your new Triton Email account, you must activate your Triton ID. Learn more on the Triton Email information page.


Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at Edmonds College for online, hybrid, and web enhanced classes. Canvas is used for assignments, checking grades, student collaboration, and more.

Learn more on the Canvas Access information page.


  • The Service Desk provides general technical support and assistance with most campus technology. Contact the Service Desk by submitting a new ticket at itsupport.edmonds.edu
  • START (Student Technology Advice and Resource Team) provides Edmonds College students drop-in technology assistance and an online knowledge base providing self-paced tutorials and troubleshooting. Learn more on the START information page.


At Edmonds College, students must not cheat (= copy from other students during a test) or plagiarize (= copy from another student’s work). Teachers must tell the college if a student cheats or plagiarizes. The college keeps the information for 3 years. The first time students cheat or plagiarize in class, they will receive a warning. The second time students cheat or plagiarize, their teacher will not accept your work or test, and they will need to meet with the Department Head or the Dean. Don’t copy another student’s test or homework!


Email esladvising@edmonds.edu or go to  Contact Us