Resources for ESL Students

These courses offer additional options for higher-level students and more specific audiences.

Beyond the Basics

Beyond the Basics is a series of advanced English classes designed for non-native-English speakers. Areas of focus include advanced conversation and fluency, pronunciation, business writing and interpersonal skills for the workplace (negotiating, problem-solving, decision making and nonverbal communication). Classes typically meet once per week for seven or eight weeks, and there is a small fee. All instructors hold current credentials in the field of language instruction.

For more information, contact Susan Shostak at [email protected] or 919-334-1536.

English as a Foreign Language

EFL is a curriculum program at Wake Tech designed to develop the academic English skills of college-level students who wish to study in the United States. There are admission requirements and tuition fees for these classes. Credit and academic visas are available.

For more information, contact Michael Jones at [email protected] or 919-866-5627.

Adult Basic Education

An Adult Basic Education program is for students who have tested out of English as a Second Language but need to increase their literacy skills. Instruction is centered on developing foundational reading and vocabulary skills. Classes prepare students for their next academic step, whether it's to enter the High School Equivalency Preparation program or a college or university curriculum program with a focus is on college and career readiness.

For more information, call 919-334-1501

Vocational training

Bilingual (Spanish-English) computer training and vocational (A/C Technician, OSHA, Cake Decorating, Acrylic Nails, etc.) translation and interpretation courses and Spanish language instruction training (Spanish for construction sites, office personnel, restaurant staff, etc.).

For more information, contact Vocational Training at 919-866-7221 or [email protected].


Ed2Go offers useful, six-week online classes through Wake Tech's Workforce Continuing Education, including "Grammar for ESL." Classes require a small fee.

For more information, visit Ed2Go and click "Language" under Course Categories.

En Español portal

Get Wake Tech class information in Spanish.

International Students Office

Wake Tech has students from all over the world and has an office devoted to assisting them. Learn more about obtaining a student visa, admissions and curriculum classes.

Refugee student support

Refugees can get assistance to get started with English language training.  

For more information, contact Lisa Poplawski at [email protected] or 919-334-1505.