International Students

ESL Helps Non-native Speakers Communicate in English

Learning a second (or third or fourth…) language is a big commitment. No matter what your background or current English language skills, North’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program is here to help you meet your goals and welcome you back as you take the next step — and then the next — to greater success in your life here in the U.S.

Meet Your Goals

Your success could come in many forms: Learning how to fill out a rental application or a healthcare form. Sharpening your English language skills to find a new job — or a better job. Communicating with your neighbors or your child’s teacher. Getting a promotion at work or specific job training skills. Preparing for college or university study. Becoming a lifelong learner so you can continue to work on language skills after leaving the program.

Whatever your needs and dreams, friendly ESL instructors are here to help.

About Enrolling

See Steps to Join ESL Classes.

At step 4/orientation, students are registered for available classes. ESL classes are in high demand, so you may have to wait an additional quarter before joining a class. 

Carefully Structured Curriculum

North’s comprehensive 6-level ESL program takes you from beginning level English skills to advanced. After testing, advisors place you in the appropriate level class. Subdivided levels make sure you are prepared for the next step.

You’ll  get help with reading, writing and grammar, speaking and listening, pronunciation, workplace skills, beginning computer literacy and citizenship. Useful English prepares you for “real world” needs and college-level reading and writing.

Tutoring from the Writing Loft supports you along the way with one-on-one coaching, and specific career training programs with an I-BEST option help you develop workplace and language skills at the same time. The ESL Medical Terminology class prepares you at levels 5 and 6 for healthcare career programs. ESL Transition Week helps upper level students who are thinking about moving into college-level classes in career training and transfer programs

Supportive Classroom Environment

North’s large, diverse student body comes from nearly every country in the world, ranging in age from 18 to 85. The faculty are experienced, caring and respectful.

You can take up to 22 credits of English – that’s 22 hours/week—for just $25, with a flexible class schedule (part-time or full-time, daytime or evening, on or off campus) to fit around work and family schedules. And financial aid is available to help with books and supplies — through Workforce Education or the NSC Education Fund.

Note: Students must have green cards or be immigrants, refugees or U.S. citizens.

  • Division Contacts
  • email
  • (206) 934-4720
  • Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • Location
  • IB 2407c
  • Mailing Address
  • NSC Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • 9600 College Way N
  • 3NC2407C
  • Seattle, WA 98103
  • Dean
  • Curtis Bonney