Western European Language Institute
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About WELI

Passion for language

 

The Institute

The languages of Western Europe - German, English, French and Dutch - occupy a special role in today's globalized world. Countries like Germany, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland are major players in international economics, politics, education and finance. Competence in their languages opens up new professional and intellectual horizons and helps you to become a true global citizen.

The WE Language Institute enables you to take a new step in language learning. Studying a language with us is an active process that implies your involvement in all four competencies - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Our institute uses state-of-the-art teaching methods and materials to make sure that you become a self-reliant learner and can independently develop your skills once you graduate from our institute.

 
 
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Our approach to language learning

The WE Language Institute gives primary importance to application of the living language. From the outset, learners are immersed in the language as used by native speakers and are assisted in the production of progressively more complicated utterances. In the initial stage, the main focus is on sounds and structures; more comprehensive vocabulary building only sets in after learners have come to grips with the basic principles of the language.

A strict monolingual approach to foreign language teaching has an intimidating effect on many learners, especially at the beginner's level. The WE Language Institute, therefore, employs a bilingual methodology for the teaching of German, French and Dutch that permits learners to smoothly move from an English-moderated classroom into a setting dominated by the target language. Please note that you will need a good command of English in order to successfully participate in all classroom activities.

A foreign language cannot be acquired through books and lectures. Conventional teacher-centred approaches to language learning (as used by most schools) seldom show any tangible results. Developing a practical command of any foreign language requires constant active involvement by the learner. Classes at the WE Language Institute are generally small, ranging from 5 to 10 participants. The learning process, therefore, is intensive, progress rather fast and regular class attendance by all learners is a must.

The language courses at our institute are graded according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning (CEFR) developed by the European Council. The CEFR distinguishes six levels of language competence from A1 (beginners) to C2 (near-native fluency). For each level there are corresponding exams which are widely accepted throughout the world. We train our students to successfully attend these exams.