Improve your English. Improve your life.

Registration is open
for our Spring 2022 term. Classes begin April 18 and will run until June 30, 2022.

Our 11-week, intensive group English classes are now available in-person or online, both daytime and evening.

In addition to group classes, WEC also offers private tutoring for individualized conversation and/or writing assistance. 

PLEASE NOTE: As part of WEC’s ongoing efforts to make our in-person classes as safe as possible, for WEC’s Spring 2022 in-person term, all students and volunteers whose last initial COVID shot was before October 1, 2021 must show proof of a booster shot. Anyone whose last initial COVID shot was after October 1, 2021 must show proof of their initial vaccine regimen. 


Daytime: Monday to Thursday, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm ET. $180 for 11 weeks. 
Evening: Monday to Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET. $180 for 11 weeks.

Group Class + 1 hour of Conversation Class: $220
Group + 1 hour of Conversation Class + Writing: $240
Group + 2 hours of Conversation Class: $240

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 ET. $180 for 11 weeks.
Evening: Monday to Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm ET. $180 for 11 weeks.
Citizenship: Monday to Thursday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm ET. $80 for 10 weeks. (Classes begin in Week 2 of each term.)

Please note: all online classes will be offered via the Zoom platform.

Group Class + 1 hour of Conversation Class: $220
Group + 1 hour of Conversation Class + Writing: $240
Group + 2 hours of Conversation Class: $240


In addition to group classes, WEC also offers private tutoring for individualized conversation and/or writing assistance. 

Conversation, 1 hour per week for 11 weeks: $100
Conversation, 2 hours per week for 11 weeks: $160
Conversation + Writing** for 11 weeks: $160

Please note: individual tutoring is available online only at this time. Students can choose individual tutoring alone or bundled with our group classes.

Interested in our free, in person business English course? Please read the complete course description and register today! Business English Course Description

* Full and partial scholarships are available. To apply, go to this link. See FAQs below for more information.
For students in Intermediate, Advanced, and Advanced+ levels only.

How to Register:

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.

For all group classes (including Citizenship), students must complete the online Registration Form at this link.

For all individual tutoring, students must complete the online Registration Form at this link.

Registration is online only at this time due to COVID restrictions. 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. If you must register in person, you will be charged a $15 service fee.

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).

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 or by calling our main number at 202 387-2222 and choosing menu option 2.


Need help with Funding?

Full and partial scholarships are available. Please complete BOTH the scholarship application and the registration form.

Click here for the scholarship application.

For more information about WEC's scholarship policies, click here.


Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala , Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of the Congo, Russia, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia.

Don't see your country on this list? Register today and be the first WEC student from your country!

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?  Email us at for more information.


Can I register in person?
We strongly recommend that you do not.
There is a $15 service fee associated with in-person registration. This is to prevent crowds from congregating in the waiting area to keep our staff and our students safe. 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 form of payment do you accept?
We require online payment by credit/debit card only. 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). The e-books are best accessed on desktop, laptops, or Chromebooks.

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.

Do I receive a certificate or other documentation?
All students are issued a “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?
We are dedicated to assisting our students attain their language goals. For this reason, our group classes usually have no more than 15 students. Individual sessions are one-to-one.

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 prorated refund can be issued or a credit applied to the next term.

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.