Free English Conversation Classes begin 07/19/17

WESLI is offering a Free English Conversation Class for WESLI and community members ALL SUMMER! These classes are taught by teachers in WESLI’s Teacher Training Program.

  • No homework!
  • Fun classes!
  • Practice listening and speaking English!

All levels are available for students – beginner, intermediate, and advanced.*

Classes are offered at 10:30am-12:20pm and 1-2:50pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

You can sign up online here!

We hope to see you in class! 😀

*Some levels may not be available for both class times.

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Patricia, Part 1: Mistakes are part of learning!

I arrived at WESLI with the wish to improve my English in order to be more successful in the world of business. In the past I was always called a non-language person but this changed since I have studied at WESLI.

I believe that the highly experienced teachers were key to my improvement. A lot of the teachers have learned over the years which common mistakes are associated with each native language. Therefore, the teachers know exactly what mistakes are common for German speaking students, and together we were able to diminish those errors.

Further, the teachers taught with goal-orientated projects and supported us individually to reach our goals. This increased students’ motivation enormously and shaped a class atmosphere where learning was welcome and students generated a team spirit. I could feel how important the students were to the teachers and how much they cared about their students. The teachers’ engagement helped me and motivated me to study hard.

In the past I was always afraid to make mistakes while speaking in English and that others would laugh at me. In classes back in Switzerland, I always found ways to hide behind better and stronger students so that I could skip my part of speaking. This was no longer possible at WESLI since we all spoke a different language. I had to use English to get in contact with other students and to express myself. However, no hiding was necessary. The classroom was a zone where it was okay to make mistakes. Nobody laughed and nobody made jokes since we all were at the same level and we all knew that learning a new language is challenging.

Thankfully, I decided to study English abroad at WESLI. Studying abroad is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, richer in experience and memories.

-Patricia, Switzerland, Level 700, Completed Teacher Training Program at WESLI.

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Free English Conversation Classes begin 05/17/17

WESLI is offering a Free English Conversation Class for WESLI and community members ALL SUMMER! These classes are taught by teachers in WESLI’s Teacher Training Program.

  • No homework!
  • Fun classes!
  • Practice listening and speaking English!

All levels are available for students – beginner, intermediate, and advanced.*

Classes are offered at 10:30am-12:20pm and 1-2:50pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

You can sign up online here!

We hope to see you in class! 😀

*Some levels may not be available at both class times.

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#YouAreWelcomeHere & Mother Language Day

Happy International Mother Language Day! WESLI celebrates the diverse language backgrounds of all of our students. We put together “welcome” video to let you know that “You Are Welcome Here!”

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Teachers Gave Me Confidence In My English

Arriving at WESLI has been an intimidating experience. I must admit that it was hard at first, the program was demanding and you have to deal with cultural differences every day.

But talking about WESLI is like talking about family – caring teachers and great classmates who take studying English in a professional and friendly environment.

When I started at WESLI, my plan was to stay for two months, but I was confronted with such a deep insecurity that I nearly left the program within the first two weeks! Getting back into the swing of university life isn’t easy for someone who has taken on the working life, but I adjusted quickly with the help of teachers.

That’s when I met Michael, an excellent teacher and human being. I believe that there are few times in life that you meet someone who is capable of making you laugh in two seconds and help you regain confidence in your abilities. For me personally, his support—as well as that of the other instructors—was critical, always demonstrating an incredible, helpful disposition. Without his investment in me, I would not have been able to enjoy my classes, push myself further, and above all else, not forget to always smile.

I can certainly say that being in Madison has been a great experience and being in WESLI is unique, like being at home because of teachers who care.

-Enrique, Chile, Level 400

 

 

 

Llegar a Wesli ha sido una experiencia formidable. Confieso que al principio fue difícil, el programa es exigente y tienes que adecuarte a los cambios multiculturales que enfrentas cada día. Hablar de WESLI es hablar de familia, comprensión y bastante entrega en el ámbito professional.

Cuando comencé, mi idea era estar dos meses, pero me invadió una inseguridad profunda que casi me hace abandonar el programa en las dos primeras semanas. Supongo que retomar la rutina casi universitaria no es fácil para alguien que ha adoptado el ritmo de trabajar.

Fue entonces que conocí a Michel, un excelente docente y ser humano, creo que pocas veces en la vida te encuentras alguien así, capaz de hacerte reír en dos segundos y hacerte retomar la confianza en tus capacidades. En lo personal, para mi fue fundamental el apoyo que existió tanto en él, como en cada uno de los docentes, siempre con una increíble disposición por ayudarte. Sin ello, no habría logrado disfrutar de mis clases, esforzarme más y por sobre todo no olvidar sonreir.

Puedo decir que estar en Madison ha sido una gran experiencia, pero estar en WESLI es único, es como estar en casa.

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Free English Conversation Classes begin 01/18/17

WESLI is offering a Free English Conversation Class for WESLI and community members in January. These classes are taught by teachers in WESLI’s Teacher Training Program.

  • No homework!
  • Fun classes!
  • Practice listening and speaking English!

There are usually 3 levels available for students – beginner, intermediate, and advanced.*

Classes are offered at 10:30am-12:20pm and 1-2:50pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.*

You can sign up online!

We hope to see you in class!  😀

*Availability will depend on students who have applied.

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Meet Friends, Learn from Great Teachers

WESLI is a good school, a good institute of English for anyone. The staff at WESLI are always available to listen to students who have any problem. The students enjoy themselves and learn more and more because every teacher is there to help them. Also, the classes are small which helps students to learn better and get to know other students. Teachers get to know every student and their individual English skills to work on.

There are free resources at WESLI such as the Writing Center and Conversation Hour. By using these resources, I see how much teachers care about students’ success and how I’ve improved my English, too.

Outside school, my homestay family is very nice, and I’m not bored because we always have something to do. I enjoy talking with them every day. It helps Madison feel like home.

WESLI also organizes some activities, like a trip, to another town in Wisconsin to help students get together. It is very good because you can discover many new things. You can learn more about the culture, the life of American people, and more about WESLI students, too. I’m glad to be here because I am enjoying myself here.

-Brice, Burkina Faso, Level 400

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What is a Wisconsinite?

The beautiful people who live in Wisconsin call themselves Wisconsinites. WESLI is located at the heart of downtown Madison–Wisconsin’s state capital. WESLI students quickly learn being a Wisconsinite is more than just a person who loves cheese.

Recently, a group of WESLI students went to a women’s volleyball game. Madison is home to one of the top universities in the world, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The UW-Madison Volleyball team is known as the Badgers. WESLI students watched the Badgers defeat their opponent in an exciting match. The name of the mascot pictured below with two WESLI students is Bucky Badger. Bucky Badger is a symbol of school spirit and pride. He also represents what it means to be a Wisconsinite—the idea that you are part of a diverse family together as a whole.

During this WESLI activity, our students experienced what it means to be a Wisconsinite. They joined with thousands of individuals who all came together as one.

Through these types of connections and shared experiences, WESLI students discover not only who they are, but also what it means to be a Wisconsinite.

Join us for our next activity! Click here for WESLI’s activity calendar and look at a couple of pictures from the game below!screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-3-37-54-pm

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Trip to Noah’s Ark: America’s largest water park!

One of the most popular WESLI activities of the summer took place on July 30th, 2016. WESLI teacher and student services coordinator, Ryan, went with a group of WESLI students to the world’s largest water park, Noah’s Ark. There was not a cloud in the sky all day and the temperature stayed at 80 degrees Fahrenheit, a perfect summer day in Wisconsin.

The day was filled with water slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and most importantly, ice cream! Some of the students’ favorite rides were Point of No Return, Scorpion’s Tail, Black Anaconda, and Dark Voyage. If you had to look up one or more of those words in the dictionary you are not alone! The day proved to be a great learning experience for our students. They were very exhausted and slept most of the ride home after spending all day in the sunshine practicing their English with students from around the world.

Join us for our next activity, click here for next session’s calendar and check out a couple of pictures from the trip below!

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WESLI students from all over the world enjoying the beautiful day!

WESLI students from all over the world enjoying the beautiful day!

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Meet Ryan, WESLI’s New Learning Community Coordinator!

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Meet Ryan Peterson, WESLI teacher, Dormitory Learning Community Coordinator and all around great guy! Ryan is responsible for welcoming dormitory students, assigning roommates, helping students feel comfortable in Madison and at WESLI, and of course, teaching them English. Ryan is well suited for the job: He has a degree in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and then also an ESL teaching certificate from UW-Milwaukee, one of the 26 university and college partners we have in the UW system, where a number of WESLI students continue their studies.

Ryan Peterson is the first WESLI staff member many students meet.

“I pick up dormitory students when they arrive in Madison, so learning at WESLI starts when they literally step off the plane or bus,” Ryan said. “Our oral interviews are the first test of English, and I tell the students that in talking casually with me now, they have just passed their first test!”

And because Ryan actually lives in the WESLI dormitory, he is able to offer evening tutoring, writing help and conversation twice each week in the dormitory classroom. While any student at WESLI can take advantage of this free English practice, it’s most convenient for those who live in the dormitory.

Extra orientation to Madison is another benefit for students who live in the WESLI Dormitory Learning Community. Ryan accompanies students on local buses to show them how to get to large grocery and department stores, and by bus or on foot to libraries close to WESLI, and other places of interest.

Ryan is passionate about helping students take many opportunities to study English while at WESLI.

“Learning English doesn’t stop in the classroom,” he said. “The dormitory is an extension of WESLI’s goal to foster interactive English learning in a safe community environment.”

To that end, Ryan uses language as a criterion for assigning roommates, trying to separate students with the same native language so they must communicate in English.

Ryan also advises students to make the most of their English studies in their relationships with other students and teachers by attending WESLI social events and activities and working with others on group projects.

A significant benefit of the Dormitory Learning Community is that each suite has a Smart TV, which allows students to access class information, listen to assigned TED Talks or other lectures, and collaborate on class projects, all from the comfort of their dormitory rooms.

Ryan enjoys being part of the WESLI Dormitory Learning Community, and our students appreciate his presence in the dormitory, as well. “A few days ago,” Ryan said, “one of my students saw me in the dormitory and said, ‘Teacher, you’re one of us!’”

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