English as a Second Language

Nine Star Offers English classes for beginning to advanced ESL students.

What is ESL?

ESL stands of English as a Second Language. ESL classes are designed to teach English language skills to non-native speakers.

What level are the classes?

Nine Star offers low-cost English speaking classes in Anchorage for beginning to advanced students. Students first assessed on their current skills and then placed in the appropriate class.

What do the classes cover?

The classes cover basic reading, writing, language, and conversational skills. ESL students can progress from having little to no English skills to being fluent in English. 

English Language learners are provided with instruction in fundamental English skills and realia which provides students with opportunity to improve their understanding of American cultures and real life situations. Gaining US Citizenship is an important step for many of our immigrant population in Alaska. Nine Star Adult Education provides these individuals with assistance in interview and test preparation. 

What information do I need to enroll for a class? 

New students can register on Fridays from 9:30 – Noon (except the last Friday of the month). Registrants should bring a picture ID.

How do I enroll for a class? 

Attend New Student Registration on Fridays from 9:30 – Noon. Students will complete intake forms (name, address, etc) and take the BEST test to determine language proficiency level.

When and where are the classes?

Classes are held Tuesdays – Thursdays in the Summer and Mondays – Thursdays in the Fall, Winter, and Spring Semesters at Nine Star’s I Street location. Classes meet between 9:30 – 12:30 (higher level courses) and between 4:00 – 5:30 pm (lower level courses)

How many classes will I attend?

Length of enrollment depends upon the individual’s English proficiency.

How much do the classes cost?

$20 Summer Semester, $40 All other semesters

What are the benefits of completing ESL classes?

Students have the opportunity to improve their English fluency in writing and reading, pronunciation, and understanding of American cultures and real life situations. Many ESL students have higher education degrees from their home countries and attend university in the US after becoming proficient in English.


Two Locations

Downtown Anchorage
730 I Street, Anchorage, AK
(907) 339-0870

Mat-Su Regional Program
617 S. KGB Road, Suite G, Wasilla, AK
(907) 373-7833

Open enrollment year round.

Inclement weather policy:
If Anchorage School District is closed due to weather, Anchorage ESL classes are also cancelled.