This page is part of the Peace Heathens' Seattle Crisis Resource Directory.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
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Thanks to the Downtown Emergency Service Center (206-464-1570; 507 Third Ave., Seattle 98104) for much of the information on this page.
Free. No appointment necessary. For Latinos. Classes Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. & 9 a.m., Monday evenings 6 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza
Introductory ESL classes. You don't have to be documented in the US. Each class lasts three months; a new class begins every three months. To register, you have to go to the "Frances Martinez" office at El Centro, open 8:30 am - 5:30 pm M-Th, 8 am - 4:30 pm Fri. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 am - 1:45 pm or 5:30-7:45 pm.
A wide variety of free ESL classes, for all levels; also citizenship classes. Most classes are offered at their location
in Fremont; there are also some classes in other locations.
Call 206-782-2050 or email to ESL@literacysource.org
to set up an appointment to attend a New Student Orientation, where they will connect you to an appropriate class.
Refugee Women's Alliance
Classes for immigrants. Child care available: not free, but there are subsidies for people receiving TANF.
St. James ESL Program
Individual and small-group instruction. Call for an
application and an appointment to take an exam,
information about general tutoring and citizenship tutoring.
You do not need to be a citizen to use the Seattle Public Library. Go to any branch, and they will help you get a library card, and will help you find appropriate materials to help you learn English.
Online schedule for all ESL and literacy events at Seattle Public Libraries.
The library has free "Talk Time" ESL conversation groups; schedules vary, so you should call ahead or check the at the library or check the online "Talk Time" schedule. Locations for "Talk Time" as of November 2009:
Language Institute at University Presbyterian Church
English classes and one-on-one tutoring for refugees and immigrants.
Five levels; each class lasts 10 weeks, meeting twice a week. Day and evening classes.
One-on-one tutoring is once a week. Sometimes has a waiting list. Call Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm.
Also can refer for ESL classes at other locations.
Washington Academy of Languages
Intensive, part-time, and custom programs in English (and other languages). All levels are welcome.
The academy is a private academic institution, and is priced accordingly. They do not offer scholarships, but accept most forms of financial aid.
Call 8 am - 9 pm Monday through Thursday or 8 am - 5 pm Friday, or visit website for more information.
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