English Language Learner (ELL) Resources

Improve your English listening, speaking, reading, and writing with the Training Fund’s SMRT English program!

The Training Fund has many English Language courses made for healthcare professionals.

  • Online English classes
  • Fun and easy to use
  • Work with a personal English Tutor
  • Support for every level of English
  • Do not need to be in school
  • Free for Training Fund members

To begin, apply for Training Fund membership, then meet with your Regional Education Navigator. Next, connect with an English teacher (tutor). 

Get started

Please connect with your Training Fund Regional Education Navigator to discuss your tutoring needs before requesting a tutor.

Find your navigator

Questions? Email or call the Training Fund office at 425.255.0315.

After your Navigator approves your request, they will continue to connect wih you to learn how tutoring is going and to offer you even more resources to help you reach your goals. Please connect with your REN for each term that you need tutoring.

English for Health Professionals

Made by Healthcare Workers for Healthcare Workers

  • Healthcare-focused English language learning classes
  • Includes real pictures, sounds, and voices from hospitals and clinics
  • Cultural knowledge includes American healthcare, workplace interactions, and conversational skills
  • Created through member feedback and input
  • Made possible by Labor and Management collaboration

The Training Fund works with employers, the union, and healthcare workers. All partners worked together to build the best English lessons for healthcare professionals. Partners knew that a new English course is needed. The course helps healthcare workers speak and understand English better. It uses real pictures, sounds, and voices from hospitals and clinics. Learners practice listening, speaking, reading, and new vocabulary words. This course lets students choose what to learn. It does not follow one strict order of topics. Students get training in using computers and the internet safely.

Many different people helped make this course. People from different backgrounds shared ideas and healthcare experts checked the lessons. All lessons are free for Training Fund members.

I can work with a tutor, and the tutor can help me improve my English and give me more success. And that’s when I started to work with a Training Fund tutor. And we’ve been working together, and she has helped me out…She’s my motivator!”

Galina Barko

Anesthesiology Tech, MultiCare Valley Hospital

SMRT English Learning Online

Tutoring is free to eligible Training Fund members and can be accessed online and with a personal tutor! 

SMRT English online learning also includes:

  • Beginner to college level classes
  • English lessons for reading, writing, speaking 
  • English lessons on informal language to connect with friends or coworkers
  • English lessons for specific job fields, like Business, STEM, Hospitality Workers, and more  
  • English Test preparation
  • Additional Resources: Dictionaries, World News, Educational Videos, Learning Tools
Additional Tutoring options

The Training Fund offers both online and in-person tutoring. Talk with your Regional Education Navigator to see which tutoring option is right for you.

At your work-site

Meet with a tutor for free at work, before or after your shift, based on what works best for you. Tutors help build customized study plans to achieve your specific goals.

College ELL classes

Take an ELL class for free at a nearby and convenient community college. Your Training Fund benefits cover class fees and school books.

I-BEST

Training Fund navigators work to transition interested students to I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) or other formal ELL classes offered through the community college system in order to help members reach their long-term goals.
Watch this I-BEST video to learn more!

English Learning Online

The Training Fund partners with an online platform called SMRT English. We use this to provide English lessons you can work through at your own pace and meet with a tutor for support. Lessons include informal language to connect with friends and co-workers. Also, learn English for reading, writing, listening, speaking, or business. We have lessons for science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Many more classes are offered. 

Get Started

Please connect with your Training Fund Regional Education Navigator to discuss your tutoring needs before requesting a tutor. Find your navigator

After your Navigator approves your request, they will continue to connect wih you to learn how tutoring is going and to offer you even more resources to help you reach your goals. Please connect with your REN for each term that you need tutoring.

Need more information or have questions?

Please email or call the Training Fund office at 425.255.0315.

Language Interpretation

Do you need help understanding something? You can request translation and interpretation (explanation) services. Ask for an interpreter to speak with you in your first language to help you understand our programs, benefits of membership, and more. Written information about our programs, forms, and overviews can also be translated into other languages. 

Partner With Us

Interested in hosting group classes or partnering with us? Get involved!   

We can provide training for entire work teams, depending on broader department-level changes. These are great opportunities for the whole department to polish their English skills. 

Connect with our Partner Liaisons