Programs We Offer

We offer in-person tutoring, classes, informal conversation groups and online learning options to suit all learning styles.

  • Adult Education Tutoring
    Our trained tutors can help adults with many aspects of learning and daily life during drop-in hours. We can assist you if you are preparing to take the GED or high school equivalency test, improve your English or become a United States citizen, or if you need to prepare for a college placement test. We provide all of the books and materials you need to work with a tutor.
  • Citizenship Classes
    Prepare for the citizenship interview and civics test. For all English Levels.
  • English (ESOL) Classes
    We offer free classes for practicing English skills for daily life, work, and citizenship in our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. 
  • Ready to Work
    We offer free classes to help immigrants gain job readiness skills and take steps toward economic self-sufficiency. You will learn English, job skills, and computer skills.
  • English Circle
    English Circle groups are for anyone who does not speak English as their first language, from beginners to more advanced English speakers. You and other participants will have conversations in English on a wide range of topics to improve your English language skills. 
  • Online Learning
    Library cardholders can use several online resources to practice their English skills or learn a new language.

Ready to Work

Ready to Work is a class for adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students who want to improve their English and job skills, and who are currently looking for a job. Low-income adults who live in Seattle and are eligible to work can register for this class.

Four classes offered throughout the community serve students at ESOL levels 1-4. Participants work on the skills needed to get a job (online applications, interviews) or expand their job opportunities, while improving their English and digital skills. This 12-hour per week class is supported by case managers who assist with job placements. Classes are currently being held online via Zoom, and offer the use of a Chromebook to be able to access learning. All classes meet on Zoom four days per week (Monday through Thursday) from 10 a.m. to noon, with additional online/remote work by students required.

You can register now for the class series that starts in January, 2021. Registration closes before the next series begins.

About Our Partners

Ready to Work is funded by the City of Seattle and offered in partnership with Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS), Literacy Source, Neighborhood House, Somali Community Services, and HomeSite.

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