Whatcom Community College offers classes to adults in Whatcom County who want to improve skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English while also learning about American culture and our local community. The following classes are available quarterly:

  • ESL core - reading, writing, listening & speaking
  • ESL writing

Students on tourist, visitor or student visas are not eligible. Students with these visas should contact International Programs 360.383.3240 or email international@whatcom.ctc.edu.


Tuition & fees

Tuition is $25 per quarter for students enrolled in ESL, ABE & GED classes on campus.


Orientation, testing and registration (required)

New students must attend an orientation before beginning ESL classes. ESL orientation is by appointment only.

There are three steps to beginning ESL classes:

  1. Come to Cascade Hall 167, Office of Transitional Learning (ESL office) to schedule an orientation appointment.
  2. During your orientation appointment you will learn about the ESL program, schedule and student expectations. If you choose to study in the ESL program you will be given an appointment for testing and registration.
  3. The testing and registration involves CASAS placement testing and registering for ESL classes. The ESL program costs $25 a quarter due at orientation.


Returning students

Students returning within 6 months are not required to attend orientation sessions. For more information or to return to classes contact the Office of Transitional Learning at 360.383.3060 or email tmartinez@whatcom.ctc.edu.