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ESOL Frequently Asked Questions


What is English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)?

ESOL offers classes that help adults with limited English skills. There are 5 different levels ranging from beginner to advanced focusing on reading/writing and speaking/listening. Other classes include Pronunciation, both beginner and advanced, Conversation, and Fundamentals of Grammar.

Who qualifies for ESOL?

Non-native speakers who have basic literacy needs and want to improve either or both reading/writing or speaking/listening skills may qualify for the program.

Per the SBCTC, no international students (F-1 or M-1 visa-holders, or “nannies”/au pairs here on J-1 visas) may be in any ABE/ESOL class, even if they or their sponsors offer to pay their full, unsubsidized share of the ABE/ESOL class cost. Instead, these students should contact the International Student Program about Intensive English classes.

Students on tourist or business (B-1, B-2) visas who take ABE/ESOL or other “short” classes may not be allowed to re-enter the United States.


How do I begin ESOL classes?

New students must call and set up an appointment for an orientation (Bremerton: 360.475.7278; Shelton 360.432.5449).

What is involved at orientation?

During orientation, students will take a variety of assessments to determine skill level as well as complete necessary, required paperwork and register for class.

What are CASAS assessments?

CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) assesses student skill level in reading and listening and is used to place students into the appropriate level.

How much are ESOL classes?

$25.00 per quarter. Classes may be available at no cost. To see if you qualify for a tuition waiver, please contact 360.475.7550.

Where are classes located?

ESOL classes are located at each of the three main campuses as well as offsite locations in Shelton and Belfair.