English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

Are you interested in learning English or improving your English language skills? 

Bates Technical College provides English as a Second Language classes for non-native English speakers to improve English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

We offer various levels of ESL classes that accommodate your work, life or academic goals.

Walk-ins are available
Tuesday: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Downtown Campus, Room A223
Wednesday: 1:30-4:30 p.m., South Campus, Room E105
Friday: 1-3 p.m., South Campus, Room A104E

ESL Intake and Enrollment Schedule

If you have any questions or would like to enroll, please contact:


Cost and eligibility

  • $25 per quarter (ask for fee waivers!)

Class Schedule

Downtown Campus, 1101 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma (main entrance is 1201 South Yakima Ave)
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

South Campus, 2201 South 78th Street, Tacoma
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5-8:20 p.m.

Central Campus, 2320 South 19th Street, Tacoma

Winter Quarter 2024: Jan. 2-March 13, 2024

  • ESL 30, 40, 50 (Beginner Levels) – Central Campus, 9 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • ESL 60, 70, 80 (Advanced Levels) – Downtown Campus, 9 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday
  • ESL 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 (All Levels) – South Campus, 5-8 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday
  • ESL 30, 40, 50, 60, 60, 80 (All Levels) – Online

How to enroll


Please note: If you have, or you are applying for, non-immigrant status (F-1, J-1, M-1 or B-1/B-2), please email International Student Services at ysun@batestech.edu.