If you'd like to take classes with us, please contact us by submitting your Contact Information Form and we will contact you to schedule an appointment. If you have other questions, email us at EssentialSkills@lwtech.edu.
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.
ELL placement testing is by appointment only! All prospective ELL students need to follow these steps.
Your placement test will be scheduled during Step 2. Please arrive on time for your scheduled placement test.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Associate Dean of Instruction, Karen Lee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ana Guzman is available to help ELL students with questions about Canvas, webmail, or other online classroom issues.
Via Email: Ana.Guzman@lwtech.edu
Online Meeting: ask your instructor for the link and password
Phone: ask your instructor for phone number
Every day except Mondays for the first two weeks. By appointment after the first two weeks.
You can also email to arrange meeting via Microsoft Teams during other hours.
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.
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:
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:
Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mon-Thurs, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Closed to the public
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is committed to providing access to information for all, therefore we are taking the following measures to ensure accessibility of the college’s public facing website (LWTech.edu), and third-party platforms utilized by students, staff, and community members.
The college is currently conducting an audit to determine the extent to which its website and third-party platforms are compliant.