English Language Learning (ELL)


About English Language Learning (ELL) At LWTech

If you want to improve your English to become a more confident employee and community member, this program can accommodate you in day or evening English Language Learning (ELL) classes. This program is formerly known as English as a Second Language.

Note: The ELL/ABE Program is intended for Citizens, Immigrants and Refugees. It is not intended for F1, M1, J1, B1 and B2 visas. The ELL/ABE Program does not require and/or process any documentation related to visas or immigration status. If you need to apply for a student visa, please contact International Programs.


Get Started Today!

ELL placement testing is by appointment only! All prospective ELL students need to follow these steps.

Step 2Take a Placement Test

Wait for Us to Contact You

Within 3 business days, we will contact you to set up an appointment to complete your application and paperwork together, to provide you with your student ID number, and to schedule your placement test date and time.

Step 3

Take a Placement Test

Your placement test will be scheduled during Step 2. Please arrive on time for your scheduled placement test.

Step 4

Enroll in Classes


Questions About the ELL program 

If you have questions about the program, please contact Associate Dean of Instruction, Karen Lee, at karen.lee@lwtech.edu.



Six Levels of English Language Learning (ELL)

Day and evening ELL classes are offered to immigrants and refugees at Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) Kirkland campus. Day classes are usually 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and evening classes are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Classes are being offered on campus and online as well.

Depending on the level and the schedule, classes can meet from six (6) hours a week to 15 hours a week (3 hours a day). At each level, students work on improving all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

All ELL and ABE classes cost $25 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.

See Class Schedule for Days/Times

Online Writing

Under the Basic Skills program, on-line classes help students practice grammar and improve their reading and writing skills. Each quarter, LWTech offers special Orientation sessions. After taking a session, students submit weekly online assignments.

Two online classes are currently available to ELL and ABED students:

  • ELL 57 - ELL Writing High Beginning/Low Intermediate
  • ABED 54  - Grammar and Writing for High Intermediate/Advanced ELL Learners


College Transition Classes

The Basic Skills program offers a special class to assist ELL/ABED student transition to college programs. Higher-level ELL and ABED students interested in the college's  programs have the option to enroll in:

  • ABED 50  - Basic Skills for College Preparation