If you'd like to take classes with us, please contact us at EssentialSkills@lwtech.edu. Please give us your name and phone number and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Thomas (Tom) Grismer is available to help ELL students with questions about Canvas, webmail, or other online classroom issues.
Monday and Thursday
You can also email to arrange meeting via Zoom during other hours.
If you want to improve your English to become a better parent, worker, and community member, this program can accommodate you in day, afternoon, 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.
ELL placement testing is by appointment only! All prospective ELL students need to follow these steps.
After your application is processed, we will contact you to set up an appointment (via Zoom) to provide you with your student ID number, help you complete your
Learn more by visiting the Vaccine Attestation page.
Your placement test will be scheduled during Step 2. Please arrive on time for your scheduled placement test.
All ELL and ABE classes cost $25.00 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.
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).
Beginning ELL Literacy
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:
All ELL and ABE classes cost $25 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits
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:
All ELL and ABE classes cost $25 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.
Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mon-Fri, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.