General & Business English Language Courses in Seattle, USA

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The Washington Academy of Languages, a division of City University of Seattle, is a cross-cultural language institute located in beautiful coastal Seattle, Washington, on the West Coast of the United States.

WAL offers courses for students from all walks of life and all language levels. Our programs serve international students and English language learners, or learn how to teach English as a second language to other students. Through our instruction, we aim to provide language instruction and training which facilitates personal, academic and professional growth and to promote global understanding through an individualized approach to language instruction and cultural orientation.

At a Glance

WAL’s Intensive English Program provides instruction for beginners and advanced learners in all language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. This program is designed primarily for F-1 visa students who wish to improve their English for jobs at home or for academic study in the United States. Even if you do not have an F-1 student visa, you are welcome to contact an advisor about admission to this program. The length of study depends on several factors: your entry placement, your future plans and the length of time you can stay in the United States. Students are required to attend the entire five-week session, and each level requires two sessions (10 weeks) to complete.

English Courses

Intensive English Program
Lessons All lessons are 60 minutes. Courses range from a minimum of two weeks to four, six or more months.
Start date Any Monday in May, June, August, September, October, November, December, February, March
Visa required F1 Visa
Study load 10 weeks per level.
Assessments Test exams every Monday, Exams every Friday


Application Fee: $50
iTEP English Language Placement Test Fee: $50
Five-week session: $1,490
Health insurance Session A or Session B: $184.00 each
Health insurance Session A and Session B: $366.00 total

Key Features

In our ongoing effort to improve educational opportunities for students around the world, Washington Academy of Languages (WAL) became a division of City University of Seattle (CityU) in 2012. CityU is a not-for-profit university headquartered in Seattle. Its mission is to change lives by offering a quality education to anyone with the desire to learn. CityU has been offering a high-quality, relevant, higher education for nearly four decades and is pleased to have WAL join it in serving its mission. Students at the Academy can earn university credit from City University of Seattle for classes and certificate programs in Teaching ESL.

Course Details

    Our seven levels

    • Novice (Level 0): a basic introductory course to English. This course is especially designed for students who come from a primary language background that uses a non-Roman alphabet.
    • Beginner A/B (Level 1): a basic course in English writing and grammar (Reading and Writing) and listening and speaking for non-native speakers of English.
    • Elementary A/B (Level 2): a two-part beginning course in English composition and grammar (Reading and Writing) and conversation-based speaking and listening skills (Listening and Speaking) for non-native speakers of English.
    • Intermediate A/B (Level 3): a lower intermediate course for increasing reading and writing skills through vocabulary development and grammar practice (Reading and Writing) and a conversation-based course to further develop listening comprehension and speaking skills through the study of American English (Listening and Speaking).
    • High Intermediate A/B (Level 4): a strong intermediate level in reading and writing skills (Reading and Writing) and a conversation-based discussion course (Listening and Speaking).
    • College Preparation I (Level 5): a course designed to help high-intermediate learners fine-tune advanced grammar skills and prepare them for reading and writing assignments in an academic program (Reading and Writing) and improve listening and speaking skills in preparation for an academic program (Listening and Speaking).
    • College Preparation II (Level 6): a course designed to help advanced learners of English master grammar and refine the academic writing, research, and critical thinking skills needed for success in an academic program (Reading and Writing) and improve reading and speaking skills in preparation for an academic program with a business focus (Listening and Speaking).

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