Improve your English. Improve your life.

Join a community of students from 100+ countries, speaking over 40 different languages!

  • 30 years of experience
  • Qualified volunteer teachers
  • Affordable prices
  • Convenient morning and evening hours to fit your schedule
  • Online and in-person options to suit your learning style

PLEASE NOTE: As part of WEC’s ongoing efforts to make our in-person classes as safe as possible, students and volunteers must show proof of covid-19 vaccination and booster.


Classes begin April 17th and will run until June 29, 2023.

In-Person GROUP english CLASSes*

Daytime: Monday to Thursday, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST 
Evening: Monday to Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST 
Duration: 11 weeks
Price: $200


*Please note: classes will be offered in-person (401 9th Street NW, Suite C100 Washington, DC 20004) in alignment with local COVID-19 mandates and advice from the CDC. Spaces are limited, and proof of vaccination is required.


Daytime: Monday to Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST 
Evening: Monday to Thursday, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Duration: 11 weeks
Price: $200

  • ALL online classes are delivered via Zoom.
  • Our classes are best enjoyed on the larger screen of a tablet or computer but it is possible to participate on a mobile phone
  • Onine students are provided e-books.  


online GROUP citizenship preparation

Evening: Monday to Thursday, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST 
Duration: 10 weeks
Price: $70

  • This class follows a textbook that is included with your registration
  • Focus is given to both the written and speaking test



All are welcome in our classes! Because WEC focuses on adult education, the only requirement is that you must be 18 years of age or older. Proof of residence and immigration status are not required in order to register.

Registration is online only at this time. If you experience difficulties that prevent you from completing your registration online, please call our office at 202 387-2222 and choosing menu option 2 for assistance. 

For new students, registration includes an English-language placement test to determine the best class level for you. Including the test, the entire process could take as long as 35-40 minutes to complete. So please allow yourself sufficient time to complete and submit your registration form.

You must pay your tuition online. One business day after the registration form is submitted, we will send you an email containing a payment link. WEC accepts all major credit cards (i.e., VISA, MasterCard, American Express). If you require financial assistance, we do have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. You may apply here.

For more information, please check out our Frequently Asked questions (FAQs) below.

If you still have questions about our course offerings or the registration process, please contact a member of our Student Services team by sending an email to 


Can I register in person?
We strongly recommend that you register online.
If you have difficulties registering online, please contact us for assistance ( or 202 387-2222, menu option 2) rather than coming to the office.

What type of identification do I need in order to register?
We do not ask for proof of residence or immigration status during registration. Please note: WEC does not provide student IDs or student visas.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We require online payment by credit/debit card or bank transfer. If this is an issue, please reach out to a member of the Student Services team. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Does Washington English Center provide childcare?
No. We are an adult education program and do not provide childcare services. If childcare is a challenge, you may want to start with an online group class or individual tutoring sessions. Or you could contact a member of the Student Services team for a referral to a community partner who may provide additional resources.

Does Washington English Center provide housing?
No. We do not provide housing.

Are textbooks included?
Yes, for group classes. Upon receipt of payment or scholarship, you will be issued a hard copy book (in-person) or an e-book (online) as a bonus from us. The e-books are best accessed on desktop, laptops, or Chromebooks. If you are an online student and would like a physical book, they may be purchased on Amazon or directly from us for $40.

What are the minimum technical requirements for online learning?
Our online classes, both group and individual tutoring, require a stable Internet connection. Though you can attend via smartphone, it is better to access group class via computer, tablet, or Chromebook.

Is financial assistance available?
Yes. WEC has a robust scholarship program. To date, we have been able to grant full or partial scholarships to all prospective students who needed assistance. To apply, click here.

Do I receive a certificate or other documentation?
All students are issued an unaccredited “certificate of completion” after a successful term.

Do you provide support for obtaining visas?
We are not able to assist with the visa process; however, we will provide a letter outlining your coursework and duration of study with WEC. 

Will I have opportunities to practice speaking in class?
Yes. In addition to our group classes being small and student-focused, most classes have two co-teachers which affords increased opportunities to practice speaking.

How large are the classes?
Online classes will never have more than 25 students but, often, have fewer depending on the level and time of attendance. Morning classes at higher levels are the most popular in our online program. Most in-person classes have fewer than 15 regularly attending students. Morning classes at higher levels are the most popular in our in-person program. All classes (both online and in-person) have 2 teachers.

What is your refund policy?
We try to work with our students as much as possible so they can continue to attend classes and reach their language goals. If no resolution can be reached, a credit applied to the next term or, within certain time constraints, a refund. Please see our group class policies below for full details.

I need to improve my writing and grammar. Are classes conversation-only?
Instructors in WEC's group classes focus on all language skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. You will have an opportunity to improve all areas of English. You may also choose the individual tutoring option to work one-to-one with a teacher on your conversation and/or writing skills.

Can I speak with staff in a language other than English?
We prefer to communicate with our students in English. Every interaction is another opportunity to practice and improve your English! If necessary, though, we have staff members proficient in several languages other than English.

For more information, please refer to our school policies here:     Tutoring Policies    Group Class Policies

Have a question about Washington, DC's Language Access Act of 2004? Click here for more information.


FREE Job Preparation services

WEC staff and volunteers can assist you in..

  • writing a resume and cover letter
  • searching for jobs on the Internet
  • submitting job applications via the Internet
  • preparing for a job interview
  • figuring out which job or industry is right for you

Are you ready to get help with your job search?  Are you an employer looking for multilingual candidates?

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