English as a Second Language


Online Classroom Help for ESL Students

Thomas (Tom) Grismer is available to help ESL students with questions about Canvas, webmail, or other online classroom issues.

About ESL At LWTech

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 as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

Note: The ESL/ABE Program is intended for Citizens, Immigrants and Refugees. It is not intended for F1, M1, J1, B1 and B2 visas. The ESL/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! ESL Placement Testing

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

Step 1

Make an appointment for a placement test

Step 2Take a Placement Test

Take a placement test

Step 3

Enroll in classes and pay $25.00

All ESL and ABE classes cost $25.00 per quarter, regardless of the number of credits taken.

Six Levels of English as a Second Language

Day, afternoon, and evening ESL 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., afternoon classes are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and evening classes are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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).

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 ESL and ABED students:

  • EASL 057 - online Writing for High-Intermediate ESL
  • ABED 054 - online Grammar and Writing for Advanced ESL Learners

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

College Transition Classes

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

  • ABED 050 - Basic Skills for College Preparation

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