Washington Adult School's English as a Second Language (ESL) classes provide instruction for individuals who want to learn or improve their English language proficiency. Students who do not speak English as their first language will learn reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. ESL classes are participatory and interactive. Some of the classes are available by level and others are multi-level. At orientation, students are tested and placed in the appropriate level. Students must attend orientation prior to enrolling in the ESL class. If space allows, students may enroll in more than one ESL class.
All ESL classes are also designed to accelerate student learning by incorporating workforce preparation with ESL instruction. Students enrolled in ESL have the option to co-enroll in workforce training classes that help prepare students for industry certification and work. See Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) below for more information.
ESL Multi-level Beginning (included Literacy to Beginning High levels)
ESL Multi-level Intermediate/Advanced (includes Intermediate Low to Advanced levels)
ESL Multi-level (includes Literacy to Advanced levels)
The Citizenship Preparation class incorporates the English language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening with instruction designed to help students pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam. Lessons and activities are based on civics, current affairs, U.S. History and government. This course is designed for students who are qualified or may soon qualify to apply for U.S. Citizenship.
Citizenship Preparation (includes Beginning High to Advanced levels)
Integrated Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) - Career Training Optional Courses
Students enrolled in Washington Adult School ESL classes also have the option of co-enrolling in workforce training courses designed to prepare students for work in high-skill, high-wage, or high demand industry sectors.
Career Kitchen - This is a 60-hour course that prepares students to work in the Food and Hospitality industry. Students earn a ServSafe Food Handler or Food Manager Card prior to exit.
Microsoft Office Suite (2016) Certification - This is a series of four 5-week courses designed to prepare students for successful employment in a variety of settings that utilize Microsoft Office software. Students will receive vouchers for certification testing. A high school diploma is strongly recommended for these courses.
IT Fundamentals Certification - This is a 60-hour course that prepares students to enter the Information Technology sector. Students will prepare for and receive test vouchers for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification. A high school diploma is strongly recommended for this course.
Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT)- This is a pre-apprenticeship program for adults designed to help students transition successfully into careers in the Residential and Commercial Construction industry. The course varies in length depending on student goals. It could be as long as 15 weeks and 300 hours.