Distance Learning

Announcement for 2020: Courses have been moved to REMOTE INSTRUCTION for the summer session. Please visit the WISLI website to find out more about what to expect in summer 2020

All Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institute (WISLI) classes will be distant.

The distance learner’s Statement of Purpose, listed below, relates to circumstances in previous years. It will not be required for the summer 2020.

Students must be available for all hours of classroom instruction Monday through Friday for the duration of the 8-week  summer program and will need to meet all computer system and equipment requirements.

More details about Summer 2020 and what to expect with Remote Instruction COMING SOON.

Before applying please review the full guidelines for APTLI Distance Learning. 

Distance learners must:


2021 Program Dates:

Online classes will begin on Monday, June 14, 2021 and will run through Friday, August 6, 2021.


Statement of Purpose

In less than one page, address:

  • The specific reasons you are unable to travel to Madison for classes
  • How you will ensure that you will be available at the given class times (8:30am-1pm Central Time, Monday-Friday) and be able to make time for sufficient homework/review (4-5 hours daily).


How does distance learning work?

We may be able to incorporate one or two distant students into our regular summer classrooms. Through this, the distant student is “present” on a desk in a language classroom via a tablet. The online students in this mode will be connecting to the tablet in the classroom via a desktop or high-quality laptop computer. Each distance education student will be expected to work with APTLI tech support staff, prior to the beginning of classes, to test out their computer equipment and internet connection.

Rather than individual work, instruction is classroom-based, involving students at different locations working together in a synchronous format. Work and study approaches will differ according to language and level, but students will have to prepare for each session by completing assigned work and will be expected to participate actively while online.

We recommend that students take advantage of the resources available at local college or university language labs. A typical college language lab offers very high speed internet connections, powerful computers, good-quality headsets, and an environment that is ideal for language learning.