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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

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19 North Pinckney Street , Madison (view map)
94% (31 reviews)

About Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

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

Many of our staff and teachers have been with us at WESLI for more than 15 years and most of our administrative staff members also teach or have done so in the past. That way students can be sure to always have a helping hand from someone with a passion for helping students and the experience to do so.

We offer 7 levels (zero level to University Bridge) of English instruction in the areas of Business English, General English & American Culture, Test Prep. and Academic Preparation. Over 40 universities and colleges accept our students without a TOEFL score. Students are welcome to study for any length of time and we are very proud to offer a 5-week Teacher Training Program, including a 30-hour Practicum.

Additional Services

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Student counselling
  • Visa support

Work and Further Studies

  • 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


General English

93% 14 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

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!

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.

English Exam Preparation

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

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.

English Academic preparation

90% 13 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

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.

Business English

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

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

Professional English

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

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.

English Teacher Training

100% 4 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Location Type: Town/City


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Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI )

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of   

studied General English

worthwhile educational experiences

I've taken several classes in the Wesli for 10 months, and I haven't regretted taking them. In the Wesli, there are super professional teachers who are still studying English, and I can't tell you how much I was impressed when I met them at first. Anyway, the distinct thing is that you can improve your English a lot in the Wesli.

posted 5 years ago



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