About the English Language Academy


The mission of the UW-Whitewater English Language Academy is to support students in meeting their academic, professional and personal goals through meaningful opportunities to learn English as a Second Language inside and outside of the classroom.


The UW-Whitewater English Language Academy instructional philosophy is centered on our belief that language development and human development are intertwined. The UW-Whitewater ELA carries out its mission by implementing Knefelkamp's Developmental Instructional (DI) model.

The DI model outlines four key variables on a continuum to challenge and support students:

  • Structure (framework/direction)
  • Diversity (alternatives/perspectives)
  • Experiential Learning (concrete, direct learning experiences)
  • Personalism (safe learning environments where risk-taking is encouraged)

Where to Find Us

Center for Global Education
Hyland Hall, Suite 1227
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
809 West Starin Road
Whitewater, WI 53190

Contact Us

Phone: 262-472-5759
Fax: 262-472-1491
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