Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

19 North Pinckney Street - Madison

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WESLI has been teaching English since 1981 and training teachers since 1999. We are located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin – across the street from the state capitol building. Madison is a medium-sized city, located in the heart of the mid-west. Madison is a very safe, friendly and inexpensive city to live in and has a number of universities in town, including the internationally top-ranked University of Wisconsin Madison. Students can choose to stay in our Dormitory or with homestay families.

Many of our teachers and staff have been at WESLI for more than 15 years. In addition, most of our administrative staff members also teach or have taught in the past – we find that this ensures students are always working with people that have a passion for helping students and the experience needed to help.

We offer 7 levels of English instruction, from zero level to university bridge, in the areas of General English & American Culture, Business English, Academic Preparation and Test Prep. We have agreements with over 40 universities and colleges that accept our students without a TOEFL score. In addition, we also have a 5-week Teacher Training Program with a 30-hour Practicum. In addition, we offer private tutoring and customized programs. We offer six, 8-week sessions per year, but students are welcome to study for any length of time.

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Student counselling
  • Visa support
  • Further academic studies available on campus
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)
  • Volunteering
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • Host family accommodation
  • Student Residence

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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Hadi Quiet Saudi Arabia  

studied General English

Ossis of happiness

WESLI its my home in Madison because I have not felt I left my family during my time when I was at WESLI. You could find quality of education in anywhere but what a special about WESLI the environment they provide it for you so you will go through experience you will never forget in your entire life and I am sure you will be always tell stories to your family, friends, and children or your grandchildren in your future about your memories over there. WESLI has a lot of impacted on my life not by just learning English but by opening my mined and let me interact with many people from all over the world and taught me that we are human no matter where we come from. I miss the classes I took outside in the yard of the capital of Wisconsin and the activities that we had in James Madison Park. I miss the days when I met my friends and teachers in the Farmer market in every weekend and eat the hot & spicy cheese bread which I will suggest to anyone are willing to live in Madison. I miss my spiritual mother Sue Manners who always close from me and all the students and always provide help no matter the situations you are in. I have many things to tell about WESLI but I don't want to burn how the life look like there by telling you everything so go there and get the experience I had and I am positive you will never regret that ;)

Sincerely,

posted 3 months ago

Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Camila Rojas Colombia  

studied General English

WESLI is amazing!

WESLI is amazing! the teachers always care about you and your process learning english. Also, the whole administration personal is very patient and helpful. The city is awesome, WESLI always find a good activity to explore the city <3

posted 3 months ago

Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Kober Hsiao Taiwan  

studied English Teacher Training

My Better Life Can\'t without WESLI

WESLI is the perfect and ideal destination for English learners; take me for an example, I started from the very beginning level and all the way to English Teacher Training. Of course, nothing was easy for me to go through all of the courses; I eventually did with the teachers' help and all my efforts. I'm now teaching English and having my own English school in Taiwan. In short, trust WESLI and yourself; if you want it, you can do it with WESLI. By the way, my starting year at WESLI is from 2004 to 2006. The earliest start year in the drop-down box here is 2006. Anyway, I can't thank WESLI enough! :D

posted 3 months ago

Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Ginette Margarita González Contreras Venezuela  

studied General English

One of the best choices I\'ve ever made.

Beloved school, the best memories ever! Wesli and Madison, always close to my heart, even after 20+years! I was a student at Wesli in the 90s. My learning experience there proved to be a soild foundation for further studies, work and personal development through the years. I clearly remember the quality and dedication that informed the whole teaching effort and activities.Best wishes, and a bright future for you all, current participants and staff. Ginette González, desde Caracas, Venezuela.

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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Ziya Chen China  

studied English Academic preparation

Good institute

WESLI is a good institute. Foreign students can learn a lot from the school.

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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Sultan A Mudyan Saudi Arabia  

studied English Academic preparation

The best ELS in the world

WESLI has the best instructors and curriculum. To prepare for College life. I highly recommend everyone to learn English in WESLI!

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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Naif Ahmed Saudi Arabia  

studied General English

Such a great school!

I have learned alot , get new friends from all over the world, great experience.

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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

郭潔如 Taiwan  

studied General English

WESLI Rocks!!!

Everyone knows I LOVE WESLI so much!!!

I'd studied at WESLI for one year. I took almost all of classes with almost all of teachers. I gotta say WESLI teachers are different - their personalities and teaching styles, but all of them are AMAZING! I learned different strategies from different teachers. I practiced and experienced them, and then I was able to find my own way to learn English. Moreover, I can continue working on English efficiently by myself, even when I'm out of school, which is soooo incredible!!!

I'd been studying for almost 20 years before studying at WESLI, but honestly, it was the first time that I felt so excited being a student. I was EAGER to learn and even looking forward to some challenges every day. Now, I'm not only confident in speaking English, but also confident in myself. The things I learned at WESLI were far more than just English.

Thank you, WESLI, the best school ever!

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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Albany Cedeño Berroteran Venezuela  

studied English Academic preparation

I love WESLI

I studied in WESLI for more than a year and I can surely that I love that school so much! I always recommend it to people who want to improve their English skills in an academic level. They really helped and prepared me for college in the United States. I got admitted in one of the best Bible colleges in Chicago and the USA. If I had gone to a different school, I wouldn't have gotten admitted. Thank you WESLI staff and teachers for giving me more than what I thought I needed!

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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Vicki Ortiz Sayago Venezuela  

studied English Academic preparation

Awesome ESL school!

I attended WESLI for about nine months (or about 5 sessions) back in 2007. My English was pretty basic, I could write and read but I couldn't speak at all (mainly because I was afraid to make mistakes while talking). Classes at WESLI are challenging and require a fair amount of work so I remember it was hard to keep up sometimes. Teachers and staff were super friendly and helpful and the school's location was definitely convenient (5 min walk to State St!). I've been really successful academically after I completed my studies at WESLI, I recently graduated with a Master's in Business from Edgewood College and also got my undergraduate degree at the same school. I wouldn't be where I'm at if I hadn't learned and mastered my English skills at WESLI. I loved everything about WESLI, My teachers, classes, the friends and memories I made!
I would definitely recommend WESLI to those who want to improve their English skills!

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This course is for students aged: 13-70
You can mix and match WESLI’s English courses to suit your goals. There are seven levels at WESLI, 100 – 700. Full-time students will choose four courses in the level in which they are placed. If you want to learn English for your own enjoyment, you can take any of the following courses to learn and have fun!

Levels
Beginning Levels (100, 200 and 300): After completing Level 300, a student can conduct basic conversations, manage everyday life in an English-speaking environment, and read and write simple material.

Intermediate Levels (400 and 500): After completing Level 500, a student can converse comfortably on most subjects, read some basic academic and professional texts, and write an academic-style essay.

Advanced Academic and Business Skill Levels (600 and 700): After completing levels 600 and 700, a student can conduct business in English, participate in most professional situations, and is ready to succeed in an American university program.
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This course is for students aged: 13-70
Prepare to Take the IELTS or TOEFL Exam at WESLI
WESLI’s exam preparation classes are designed to help you succeed on English placement exams. Our teachers are experienced in test preparation and can help you improve your study skills and assess your progress.

Only need practice writing? Choose from IELTS or TOEFL Writing to focus your test preparation. Want a more comprehensive review for the exam? Choose IELTS or TOEFL Listening/Reading/Speaking classes to help you prepare.
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This course is for students aged: 13-70
WESLI has partnered with the University of Wisconsin College System to offer three- credit college classes at WESLI. This is a great opportunity for WESLI students to earn college credit while still studying at WESLI. These credits can be transferred to UW schools and count towards a student’s general education requirements, no matter what major they choose.
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This course is for students aged: 13-70
Business and Professional Skills

You can mix and match WESLI’s English courses to suit your professional goals. There are seven levels at WESLI, 100 – 700. Full-time students will choose four courses in the level in which they are placed. If your goal is to improve your English for your profession, the following courses will help you reach that goal.
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This course is for students aged: 13-70
Levels: Advanced
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students
Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
Location Type: Town/City
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This course is for students aged: 13-70
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Basic
Location Type: Town/City
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