The Washington Academy of Languages is the oldest non-profit organization concerned with the promotion of foreign language learning in the Seattle area. Our faculty and staff are the best ambassadors of a comprehensive process of learning that goes beyond language and includes understanding and appreciating different cultures and societies.
Methodology and Objectives
The World Languages department uses an integrative approach to language learning. All skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are taught holistically and in an interactive manner.
Our goal is to teach our students to communicate effectively and correctly in order to reach a high level of proficiency. Our semi-intensive courses, taught in the target language, provide the perfect environment for acquiring a new language. Students focus on communicating first, and then developing grammatical form as their fluency increases.
WAL foreign language instructors have advanced degrees, extensive training and experience in language instruction and are conversant with current methods of teaching adults to acquire a second language. Optional university credit is available for most foreign language classes from City University.
If you have previous experience with a language that you want to study, please call for an interview appointment. A WAL faculty member conducts the interview and lets you know what level would be a good place for you to start. They are also happy to answer questions about the course content as well.