A History of Excellence
WESLI began teaching English in 1981 and has since earned an excellent reputation with universities, educational agencies, and students from all over the world. We offer a variety of intensive English programs to help students achieve their personal, professional and academic goals, including General English, English Plus, University Pathways, Test Preparation, Business English, Tutoring, and a Teacher Training Program.
WESLI has an excellent reputation among universities and colleges for equipping international students with skills to succeed in competitive academic environments. Students from all over the world have had satisfying, memorable cross-cultural experiences at WESLI and in Madison. WESLI averages 100 students per session.
We are located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, across the street from the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Madison is a medium-sized city, located in the heart of the Midwest, and often ranked #1 for US city livability. Madison is a very safe, friendly and inexpensive city to live in and has a several universities in town, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a top 50 world university. (Read more about Madison)
We have 7 levels of English instruction. These classes are for every English level, beginner to advanced. A variety of topics are offered: American Culture, Business English, Academic Preparation, Test Preparation, and more. In addition, we offer private tutoring and customized programs. We have agreements with over 40 universities and colleges that accept our students without a TOEFL score. Through WESLI Workplace, we offer tailored English programs to suit the needs of your company. WESLI English Online allows students anywhere in the world to improve their English on their own time through online tutoring. We offer monthly start dates. In addition to our intensive English programs, we also have a 5-week Teacher Training (TEFL Certification) Program with a 30-hour Practicum.
At WESLI, we pride ourselves on our individualized teaching, small class sizes, and a diverse student population, welcoming students from all over the world. 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. Our teachers and staff strive to create a family-like atmosphere both in and outside of the classroom.
The perfect location, unique environment, excellent program, and moderate cost make WESLI one of the best places in the United States to learn English.
WESLI (Wisconsin ESL Institute) has been accredited since 1983.
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
WESLI has been accredited by CEA since 2005.
WESLI is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period December 2015 through December 2016 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630 Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.
WESLI is a member of EnglishUSA.
WESLI has been selected by Quality English as a member school.
Quality English schools are carefully selected from the best Independent English language schools in English speaking countries. They are renowned for their quality and reputation, and offer a choice of general and specialised courses in desirable locations around the world. All schools are independently owned and managed. They are not part of a chain and each school has its own unique character.
WESLI is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
The mission of Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (WESLI), a for-profit, stand-alone IEP, is to prepare students to be collaborative leaders in their chosen academic and professional environments. WESLI will accomplish this mission through exceptional ESL Instruction and Student Services; guided by the following principles as applied to all areas of the organization, staff and students alike:
Cultural Competence: We strive for continued awareness of our individual values and how those affect the way we approach differences. Knowledge and skills which facilitate cross-cultural communication are developed in the spirit of respect, openness and curiosity.
Collaboration: We co-facilitate the accomplishment of tasks and goals with the understanding that all members of the organization participate with their individual strengths along with the benefit of their previous education and experience.
Critical Thinking: We cultivate the courage to develop an individual viewpoint with the understanding that it is partial and complementary; the depth and rigor of thought that requires all material be held to the same standards of proof; the understanding of our connection to solutions to problems; and the perseverance to apply insight with the understanding that best interests will be served by allowing people to come to their own conclusions.