For many foreign-born residents (over 11% in DC), English classes cost money and demand time that they simply do not have. Yet limited language skills mean fewer employment prospects, less access to health care, and, often, greater isolation. That is why some 1,400 people seek out Language ETC each year. A sequence of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at an array of times and levels ensures that all students feel comfortable and challenged; full and partial scholarships are available and no one is turned away for financial reasons. Free individual tutoring, conversation and writing courses, and job interview and community service workshops further build language skills and empower LETC students to reach their professional goals, as do affordable computer and citizenship classes. An abundance of volunteer tutors (350 at last count) enables LETC to supplement its offerings and provide much-needed one-on-one assistance. For many students, LETC is a community as much as a classroom the place where they learn, connect, and take the first steps toward achieving the American dream. Help make this dream a reality.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income

  • Number of immigrants served:   Over 1,000 annually
  • Number of volunteers working with Language ETC:   Over 300 each three month term
  • Students that advance to the next ESL level:   80%

Awards & Recognition

Featured in Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2005
Featured in Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2009
Featured in Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2014


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Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Washington English Center (formerly Language ETC) is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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