Welcome to Better English in Tacoma!

Benefits of English Conversation Classes

  • Increase your confidence in conversational English.
  • Develop a greater understanding of cultures/worldviews.
  • Build friendships by interacting with teachers, tutors & other English learners.
  • Have small group opportunities to speak English with native speakers.

Questions about Better English? Contact Karen karen@sunsetbible.com

FREE WEEKLY CLASSES*

Each of the classes below is a free opportunity for you to practice real-life, conversational English. Anyone is welcome. There are no special visa requirements to attend, and no registration is required. You may attend as many different classes as you wish and as often as you are able to. Each class is run by a different coordinator and has different native English-speaking volunteers to assist you in small groups.

*Email Linda (lindalefevre83@gmail.com) to receive weekly updates on class schedules/topics/events.

 

IN-PERSON

Better English @ Grace Community Church
(Mondays, 10am-noon)
June 3, 2024 – July 8, 2024
(June 3 & June 10 classes will start at 11am. All others will start at 10am.)
Grace Community Church is hosting 6 weeks of summer ESL classes. The theme will be “International foods that Americans like.”  Beginning students who want to learn simple vocabulary each week are also welcome.
Grace Community Church, 8243 S Park, Tacoma, WA 98408
Contact:
Gary (benefiels1@comcast.net)

Better English @ The Station
(Mondays, 9:45am-noon)
ON SUMMER BREAK – WILL RESUME ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2024
Our regular class is on break for the summer, but we will still be meeting in July and August for Walk & Talks in local parks where students and tutors can walk (or sit) and talk to each other in English. Email Linda to receive weekly updates on where and when to meet: lindalefevre83@gmail.com.
Sunset Bible Church, 7909 40th St W, University Place, WA
Contact:
Karen (karen@sunsetbible.com)

Basic English @ The Station
(Mondays, 9:45am-noon)
ON SUMMER BREAK – WILL RESUME ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2024
This class is for beginning students who are not yet conversational but want to learn the pronunciation of the ABCs and simple vocabulary and sentences to build skills for conversational English.
Sunset Bible Church, 7909 40th St W, University Place, WA
Contact:
Karen (karen@sunsetbible.com)

Better English on 6th
(Mondays, 6:50pm-8:30pm)
ON SUMMER BREAK – WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER 2024
Multiple English levels welcome! Build skills for conversational English.
Our regular class is on break for the summer, but we will still be meeting for picnics in June, July and August.
Contact Jonathan to receive info on where and when to meet.
Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 South Shirley Street, Tacoma, WA
Contact:
Jonathan (jonathan@betterenglishonsixth.org)

Talk Time @ First Baptist UP
(Saturdays, 10:00am-11:00am)
Sept 16, 2023 – June 15 2024
(After June 15, we will be on summer break until September 2024.)
English conversation in small groups with native English speakers. New discussion topic each week.
First Baptist Church, 2844 Mountain View Ave W, University Place, WA
Contact:
Pastor Stacey (satmcclain@hotmail.com)

 

ONLINE

Virtual Talk Time on ZOOM
(Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:00am)
New topic weekly.
Contact: Maureen (MRicksWildish@piercecountylibrary.org) for the Zoom link.

Virtual Friendship ESL Class on ZOOM
(Wednesdays, 9:00am-10:15am)

ON SUMMER BREAK UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2024
This class is for students who already speak basic English but want to improve their conversational English skills, build their English vocabulary, and learn more about American culture.
Contact: Marion at UPPC.org (davemannie@comcast.net) for the Zoom link.

Virtual Talk Time on ZOOM
(Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm)
New topic weekly.
Contact: Maureen (MRicksWildish@piercecountylibrary.org) for the Zoom link.

Talk Time on ZOOM
(Saturdays, 10:00am-11:00am)
Oct 21, 2023 – May 2024
Guided discussion with a new topic each week.
Contact: Barris (barrisharms@gmail.com) for info.

OTHER FREE ENGLISH OPPORTUNITIES

Conversation Partners (1 hour/once a week) – Newer students in our Better English @ The Station classes have the opportunity to meet with a tutor once a week (in person or online) for English conversation. Attend our class on Mondays and ask a teacher how to register.

Discovery Bible Studies (1 hour/once a week) – Meet with a tutor once a week (in person or online) to read the Bible in English. No Bible experience necessary! This is a great way to improve pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading comprehension while you discuss what the Bible says about God and people, and then apply what you’re learning. Contact: Karen karen@sunsetbible.com@gmail.com to register.

YouTube Channel (Better English in Tacoma) – Our Better English teachers have made some videos to help our students improve/practice pronunciation, listening skills, reading skills, reading comprehension, and American idioms. Visit our “Resource” page to see more, or click on our YouTube channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbtx7EPpnCkJ3ELIVRuWcdg

 

FORMAL/FULL-TIME ENGLISH CLASSES FOR A SMALL COST

In addition to the FREE opportunities above, the following schools offer full-time ESL classes for a very small fee each term. Note: some of them currently have waitlists.

Pierce College: www.pierce.ctc.edu/esl
For more information on ESL classes or jobs with Pierce College, contact Ann (AHayes-garcia@pierce.ctc.edu).

Tacoma Community College: www.tacomacc.edu/academics-programs/basic-education/esl
For more information on ESL classes at TCC, contact TCC by phone (253-566-5144) or email:  basicskills@tacomacc.edu

Tacoma Community House: https://www.tacomacommunityhouse.org/english-classes
For more information on ESL classes at TCH, contact Charlene by phone (253-383-3951 Ext 122) or email: cmckenzie@tacomacommunityhouse.org).