Registration is open for WEC's virtual Spring 2021 term which began April 12 and will run for 11 weeks.

We offer 14 levels of English classes online-- from Intro to Advanced-- for a total of 8 hours of instruction each week. We have daytime and evening options to meet your diverse needs.

We also continue to offer the popular individual tutoring sessions launched in 2020. In this model, you and your teacher arrange to meet weekly for 11 weeks to focus specifically on your conversation and/or writing skills.

And Citizenship has returned! This 10-week course is conveniently scheduled in the early evening so you can attend in conjunction with your evening English class or take Citizenship as a stand-alone course.


Daytime: Monday to Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm for 11 weeks. $160
Evening: Monday to Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm for 11 weeks. $160
Citizenship: Monday to Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. $80 for 10 weeks (classes start in Week 2 of the term).


Group Class + Conversation Hour: $200
Group Class + Conversation Hour + Writing**: $220


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

* 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:

Students interested in group classes (including Citizenship) must register online using this link. The registration form includes an English-language placement test to determine the right class level for you. Including the test, the entire registration process could take as much as 45 minutes to complete.

Students interested in individual sessions must register online using this link.

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

Since our offices are currently closed, students must pay their tuition online. 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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Can I register in person?
No. WEC offices are currently closed, so students 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 ID or about immigration status during registration. WEC focuses primarily on students who live and/or work in the District of Columbia. Please note, too, that WEC does 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. Also, full and partial scholarships are available

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, each student 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. Washington English Center has a robust scholarship program and, to date, we have been able to grant full or partial scholarships to all prospective students who needed assistance. Please find the Scholarship Application at this link. For more information about financial aid, please contact a member of the Student Services team.

Do I receive certificate or other documentation?
All students are granted 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-on-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 session option to work one-on-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. We do, however, have staff that are proficient in several languages other than English.