WESLI has 7 levels of English and many programs to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. After you take a placement test to find your level, we will make a class schedule that best fits your English level and future goals.
To meet your English goals, WESLI offers 5 ESL Programs. Each course is a combination of Core Classes and Electives. Whether you are studying English for personal reasons, MBA preparation, or for your career, WESLI has courses for you!
- General English – for students who want to improve English abilities for personal goals
- English Plus – for students who want to improve English abilities but also study another topic of interest - topics range from Yoga or Tourism to Beer or Photography!
- Academic Preparation – for students who want to attend US or other English-speaking universities or colleges. Also see WESLI's University Pathway!
- TOEFL/IELTS Preparation – for students seeking to improve test scores
- Business/Professional English – for students working in businesses or other professions, such as lawyers, doctors, journalists, scientists, politicians and teachers
- Private Classes – for students who want one-on-one tutoring instead of or in addition to classes. WESLI Tutoring provides a customized curriculum taught by experienced teachers. With flexible scheduling (1-10 hours/week, available all year), you will receive undivided attention to help you reach your goals quickly.
Class + Level Information
Counselors will help you craft a session schedule to best prepare you for your goals after WESLI and your program choice.
Classes focus on developing the skills necessary to succeed. Students spend time developing their critical reading skills; writing paragraphs and compositions on a variety of topics; learning basic grammar structures and usages; and learning how to communicate for different contexts and purposes. Students also learn strategies to improve their vocabulary acquisition.
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.
Students will have homework from their WESLI classes. Many of the assignments are creatively designed to encourage students to use English in daily life. You will conduct surveys, participate in local events, listen to radio programs, attend university lectures, or design a magazine advertisement.
In each of WESLI’s 7 levels, students will earn a letter grade based on work done in class (participation, discussions, etc.) and outside of class (homework, essay writing, etc.). Grades are determined by a student's ability to meet the class objectives, demonstrated through class participation and homework. Grades are on a scale of ‘A-F’.
To move from 100 to 200, 200 to 300, or 300 to 400, a student must receive at least a ‘D’ in order to pass to the next level for core classes (listening & speaking, reading, writing, and grammar). A ‘C’ is required to move from 400 to 500 and 500 to 600 core classes. A ‘BC’ is required to enter 700 level core classes. Find out more about our Key Assessments and Grading Percentages for Course Promotion.
WESLI’s grading scale looks like this:
- F=59 and below
On the first day of class, students will receive a course syllabus in each class, explaining the grading categories and requirements for the course. Students have access to their grades throughout the session, using an online grading system.
Transcript + Certificate of Completion
Upon completion, students may receive a WESLI transcript and certificate. A student needs to request this at the Front Desk before their last day of class.
University Success + Test Prep
WESLI’s Academic and TOEFL preparation courses are designed to help you make your dream of entering an American university become reality. Counselors will help create a course plan for you to finish your English classes to attain your university and test goals.
Part-Time University Classes
WESLI can help you arrange part-time study at a number of universities in Madison. This allows eligible students to obtain university credits before their English studies are completely finished, or to polish their English by experiencing university classes in an area of interest. Consult our University Advisor for more information.
Prepare for IELTS or TOEFL Exams 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.
Students will learn how to maximize their TOEFL writing score through taking practice tests and learning strategies for the integrated iBT test and maximize their overall TOEFL test score through taking practice tests, learning test-taking strategies and doing practice exercises that familiarize students with test expectations. Classes also address the IELTS Test Practice to help students maximize their score on the International English Language Testing System exam.