As part of our TESOL training and teacher education programs, we hold a variety of ESL classes and study options. We have three distinct programs:

  • The English Gym (year-round) – A monthly subscription model that gives you access to a personal study plan, 1-on-1 tutoring sessions, drop-in sessions, speaking clubs, and a library of materials.
  • Community ESL Classes (year-round) – General English language instruction for everyday topics and situations. You will work with both professional teachers and teacher trainees.
  • Fall Pronunciation Course (Sept 19 – Nov 14) – 9-week course that covers a different pronunciation feature each week (vowels, word stress, intonation, etc.).

The English Gym

ESL classes The English Gym

S-TESL is starting a new ESL program, The English Gym, for busy people who want personalized help reaching their English language goals. Join us for Preview Events this week on Wednesday from 6-8pm and Friday from 10am-2pm. Sessions at those times continue through the month of April. In May, we plan to expand our offerings to several morning, evening and weekend sessions each week. Come as often as you like for a low monthly subscription fee.

This is an affordable program that seeks to provide innovative and quality English language instruction to folks who:

  • wish to supplement regular ESL classes with additional practice and personalized support;
  • prefer a more self-directed approach
  • enjoy socializing with lots of different people;
  • can’t afford courses at language schools, colleges and universities;
  • are unable to commit to a regular timetable of classes.
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English Gym Instructor

ESL Instructor Julia Sandler

Julia Deak Sandler

Teacher Educator / English Gym Program Lead

Julia trains teachers at S-TESL and overseas The English Gym

Ph.D. Educational Linguistics & MS.Ed. in TESOL, University of Pennsylvania. Since 2000, Julia has taught ESL mostly to adults in a variety of settings in Hungary, South Korea, and both coasts of the US. She has been part of the faculty at the University of Washington’s International & English Language Programs since 2010 and has also trained ESL teachers at several US universities and in Taiwan and South Korea.

Join The English Gym

Email us at or call (206) 781-8607 to sign up.

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Community ESL Classes

We offer community ESL classes as part of our teacher training and development program. You will have the opportunity to work with multiple instructors at the same time, as TESOL trainees participate in the class as teacher assistants and co-teachers. The class is led by a professional ESL instructor and is designed for learners with an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in English.

ESL Instructor

ESL Instructor Taraji-Belgacem

Taraji Belgacem

ESL Instructor / Teaching Practice Facilitator

Taraji facilitates teacher training in the Evening ESL class

BA in Cultural Anthropology, Colorado College; Masters in Teaching, Seattle University. Taraji Belgacem is a Seattle native with a background in cultural studies and children's & family literacy. Her favorite things include meeting new people, learning new ideas/skills, and traveling. Along with teaching the evening ESL class at The School of Teaching ESL, she is an Instructor at North Seattle Community College in both the Intensive English Program and the ESL Program.

Join the Class

  1. Call (206) 781-8607 or email to check availability for new students. We are unable to provide an exact start date due to rolling enrollments. We will put you on a waitlist and contact you when space is available.
  2. Once you have been notified that space is available, come to the school from 5:15pm to 6:00pm on any day class is in session (schedule below).
  3. Register in class with the teacher. Registrations are not accepted by fax or mail, or taken by the office during the day.
  4. Pay the class fee. $40 per 8 classes (paid by cash or check only).

2017 Class Schedule

APRIL | 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

MAY | 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

JUNE | 1, 6, 8

JULY | 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

AUGUST | 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

SEPTEMBER | 19, 21, 26, 28

OCTOBER | 3, 5, 10, 12, 24, 26, 31

NOVEMBER | 2, 7, 9, 14, 16

DECEMBER | Winter break, no class

What our ESL students say

"I like that there are many teachers."
"I like that there is no stress."
"Everybody is friendly and remembers my name."

Fall Pronunciation Course

Course dates: Sept 19 - Nov 14

In our pronunciation class, you will work with a professional instructor who will present and teach a particular pronunciation feature. Then, you will work individually and in small groups with teacher trainees who will prepare activities to help you practice the pronunciation feature.

If you are interested in joining this course, please contact