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We are pleased to announce that registration is open for our Summer 2021 term. Classes begin on July 19 and run until August 25.

We are offering English group conversation classes over Zoom, two hours each day (Monday-Wednesday) for six weeks. We have daytime (10 am - 12 pm) and evening (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm) options to meet your diverse needs. Tuition is just $100.

We are also offering individual tutoring sessions. Unlike group classes, this model is student-centered and does not follow a book. This course runs for 11 weeks and focuses on achievement of specific conversation and/or writing goals identified by you, the student. 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn English with us. Sign up today!


Daytime: Monday to Wednesday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm for six weeks. $100
Evening: Monday to Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm for six weeks. $100


Conversation, 1 hour per week for 11 weeks: $80
Conversation, 2 hours per week for 11 weeks: $120
Conversation + Writing* for 11 weeks: $120

* 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.

All students must complete the online Registration Form at this link.

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.

Since our offices are currently closed, 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.



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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

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Can I register in person?
No. WEC offices are currently closed, so you must register online. The process is simple, and members of the Student Services team are available to assist you.

What type of identification do I need in order to register?
We do not ask for proof of residence or immigration status during registration. WEC focuses primarily on students who live and/or work in the District of Columbia. Please note, too, that we dos not provide student IDs or student visas.

What form of payment do you accept?
Given that our offices are currently closed, we require online payment by credit card only. If this is an issue, please reach out to a member of the Student Services team. Full and partial scholarships are available for all but the shortened (six-week) Summer term.

Does Washington English Center provide childcare?
No. We are an adult education program and do not provide childcare.

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 application, you will be issued an e-book through one of our publishers. These books are best accessed on desktop, laptops, or Chromebooks. If you do not have access to this technology, please contact us at and we can help.

What are the minimum technical requirements?
Our group classes are offered via Zoom, so it is necessary to have a stable WiFi connection and a computer. Individual conversation sessions can take place over smartphone, tablet, or computer. Writing sessions require an email account. If you need assistance meeting these technical requirements, please contact us at

Is financial assistance available?
Yes. During Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, 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. We are not offering scholarships for the shortened  (six-week) Summer term. For more information about financial aid, please contact a member of the Student Services team.

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. 

I am a returning student and already know my English level. Do I have to complete the placement test?
Yes. We ask that every student complete the placement assessment. It will allow us to pinpoint your areas of improvement and allow us to assist you in the most appropriate way possible.

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.

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. 

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