English Language Acquisition Classes

Our English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes are designed to help adults learn survival English and reach a level of fluency that enables them to move into college training or academic programs. Classes begin at the lowest level for individuals looking to improve their basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, to more advanced Level 5-6 classes. We hold classes year-round, Monday through Thursday, at various times (morning, afternoon, and evening) to accommodate students’ schedules.

Why Learn English?
Navigating life in the United States can be a daunting challenge for immigrants and refugees who do not speak English. By learning the language in a supportive, low-risk environment, students foster the confidence to read, write, listen, and speak in everyday situations—from making a quick run to the grocery store to filling out forms at the doctor’s office. Individuals who have a handle on English also have a significantly easier time finding work and enrolling in other educational/technical/job training programs.

Cost, Eligibility & Class Schedule 

  • $25 per quarter
  • Open to adults 18 and older
  • Upcoming quarters
    • Summer Quarter: July 9, 2018 – September 6, 2018
    • Fall Quarter: October 1, 2018 – December 13, 2018
  • Classes run Monday through Thursday at various times
    • Morning (9am-12pm)
    • Afternoon (1-3pm)
    • Evening (6-8pm)

How to Enroll

Those interested in ELA classes MUST attend an information session at Tacoma Community House, located at 1314 S. L Street, Tacoma, WA. Information sessions provide prospective students an opportunity to learn more about the program, complete intake paperwork, and schedule a preliminary testing appointment.

Upcoming Information Sessions What to Bring*
  • Wednesday, June 20 @ 1-3pm
  • Thursday, June 28 @ 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, July 11 @ 1:30-3:30pm
  • Friday, July 20 @ 10am-12pm
  • Thursday, July 26 @ 1:30-3:30pm
  • Picture ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Pay Stub or DSHS Award Letter
  • Green Card
  • VISA
  • I-94

*You may not have all of these. Bring what you do have.

Charlene McKenzie, ELA/BEdA Administrative Assistant
(253) 383-3951