Now registering for WINTER classes!
The winter term runs from January 12th through April 2nd. To view a brochure with information on the classes offered and the days and times of the different classes click on the below links:
CLASES QUE SE OFRECEN
FY14/15 Academic Calendar
Be sure to register early for the new term to avoid having to pay the new late registration fee! Students who register on the first day of class or after will pay an additional $10.00 fee. Open the Academic Calendar to check the dates classes begin.
Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. They:
• Range in age from 17 to 86.
• Have various levels of education. Almost half our students (44%) have less than 7 years of education. 38% were able to attend middle or high school. They generally have basic literacy skills that are transferable to English. About 18% of students have attended or even finished college.
• Are very hard-working (85% have one or more jobs).
• Are from 92 different countries!
They are from:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala , Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zambia.
Ethiopia represents a growing demographic of the Washington English Center’s diverse student body. One of the faces of Ethiopia you can find roaming the halls on any given day is Tufa, level 1A on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tufa came to America to escape political discord in his country. He is currently working with a partner organization, TASSC International, and is now meeting with our Employment Specialist, Claire Kevill.
“Since English is the language of the land,” explains Tufa, “I have to be able to speak it well.” He continues, “I like class because of the talking and writing. It’s good.” And Tufa is doing a great job in his studies. Emily Naber, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, noted just how much he has improved in the last year and a half. “It is such a joy to see Tufa socializing comfortably with staff and other students…His progress this year has been so remarkable that he is now even able to help the office staff by interpreting for students who speak Oromo or Amharic. We are very proud of Tufa’s hard work and perseverance in learning English.”
Tufa is always smiling and talking to other students – always finding ways to use English. Be sure to stop him in the hall and tell him how well he is doing in his studies!
Adan Vargas grew up in a small town in central Mexico. As a teenager he was already crossing the border with friends, mostly for one-day trips to have fun. In his 20s he realized the opportunities the US held and came back to work. He came to Washington DC in 1997 to visit his brother and to see a World Cup match, and it was then that he decided he wanted to live in Washington.
He first started taking English classes at Language ETC in 1998, he took four years of English classes and this past year took all the computer classes we offer. During these years he went from knowing no English and working in a low-level construction position to learning more and more English and working his way up to Project Superintendent for Anning-Johnson Company.
“As I spoke more English I stood out from the other workers and was asked to take on more responsibilities,” explained Adan. He has worked for the same company for 5 years and now is looking to improve his computer skills to go even further. Adan has 7 brothers and one sister, of whom three brothers have studied at Language ETC and are now foremen for construction companies.
Maximo Sosa moved to Washington in 2001 and began taking English class at Language ETC almost immediately after arriving. His brother had taken classes at LETC and encouraged him to attend. He began knowing no English at all, having just moved here from El Salvador, but now he is in level 4A.
Though Maximo works seven days a week, sometimes working 10-hour shifts, in construction – he makes the effort to come to class four nights a week and has consistently been awarded perfect attendance certificates. He has gained much from learning English and has many more goals he wants to attain that drive him to come each night, term after term. His boss has offered to help him become a resident and to send him to carpentry school once he completes his English classes, but Maximo also wants to earn his GED and would like to ultimately start his own business.
As with many other students, another thing that drives him is the need to send money home. As the youngest of 10 children, not only does he send money home to his mother, he often helps out his brothers and sisters as well. The thing he likes most about Language ETC is the atmosphere. He has many friends who also take classes at LETC, but it is the dedication he feels from the teachers and staff and the welcoming feeling of Language ETC that keep him coming.
“For me going to Language ETC means a lot to me. Indeed, Language ETC is the link between me and a good job, between me and a better life, between me and a good integration in the American Society. I feel more confident, I do not hesitate to speak to people. I know it’s a must for me to speak English but it’s also a pleasure to learn it. Thanks to the good teachers that we have at Language ETC.”
Estela Montano de Ortiz
“Language ETC for me is excellent. When I came to this school I liked it. It has impacted my life, I already sent my application for citizenship. For this I want to say thank you to the teachers because they encourage us.”
Ezzeldin A. Abdelseed
3A Sat. PM, Two months at ETC
“I am at LETC to learn English very well and I like to make good relations with more people and I need a better job. I feel happy in ESL classes and ESL classes help me to understand my job. LETC is very import to me in my life.”
3A Sat. PM, second year here.
“I’m here because I want to learn English. I started last year when a friend told me about LETC and I’m here again because LETC have a good program and good teachers and I can improve my English. Taking ESL classes affected my life because now I understand better. I can speak with people and in my job I can have a best relation with co-workers and clients. When I arrived in the U.S. the most difficult for me is the language and I don’t know about LETC unfortunately. I think that if I was started before in LETC now I can speak better in English.”