Our Approach

ILI’s foreign language courses are tailored to suit the student’s specific needs and goals. We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced class levels in each language. However, our instructors do not follow a fixed curriculum for each class. Every class is different because every student is different. Our instructors focus on the student’s primary objectives in learning the language. Whether the student’s aim is to learn survival Czech¬†before taking a trip, or to learn the proper vocabulary to write a business proposal in Czech, we can design the course to meet the student’s professional, social, or educational needs.

Our Classes

Our courses may be taken as a private tutorial, semi-private tutorial (2 students), special group course (3-5 students), or as group class at ILI (up to 12 students). Because of our approach, students in our semi-private tutorial or special group course must have the same objectives in mind. For example, a group would consist of employees of a same company, embassy, or professional organization.

Group classes at ILI follow a pre-determined curriculum and are available for different levels. Students are placed according to their level.


While most instruction takes place at the Institute, it is recognized that circumstances may not permit some students within the Washington, D.C. area to attend classes at our facilities. Therefore, instruction may be given at the office or home of the student(s). There is a surcharge of $10 per session for instruction within the Beltway and $16 for trips beyond the Beltway.


Classes are normally scheduled Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Other schedules may be arranged upon request. Please indicate your desired schedule of instruction on the application form. The schedule of instruction may be changed only with the prior agreement of the Foreign Language Coordinator. Class sessions normally consist of two or more instructional hours of 50 minutes each.


$54 per hour for 1 student, minimum of 2 hours per session
$52 per hour for pre-payment of 40 hours for 1 student
$30 per hour per student for 2 students, minimum of 2 hours per session
$75 per hour for 3 students or more


To register for any of our Foreign Language classes, please go to our secure Online Application page and complete the enrollment form. We conveniently accept most major credit cards. Once we receive your online application, our Foreign Language Coordinator will contact you to confirm your registration. You may also register in person or by mail and pay by check.

Cancellations & Make-up Classes

Classes may not be made up for any individual in a class consisting of more than one student. Classes may be made up only if severe weather, instructor unavailability or a similarly compelling factor prevents conduct of the class. Classes cancelled by the student(s) (including “no-shows”) may be made up only if notice is given by the student to ILI either by phone (202) 686-5610 ext. 105 or by email to [email protected]¬†at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled class (by 9 am Friday for any classes held on Saturday, Sunday or Monday); or if one or more classes are not held through no fault of the student. If a student fails to cancel on time, full tuition must be paid for the missed class(es). Unused credits and prepaid classes will be forfeited six months after last attendance.

Substitute Instructors

The International Language Institute reserves the right to assign substitute instructors whenever necessary.


Please contact our Foreign Language Coordinator, Jane Edwards, at (202) 686-5610 ext. 105 or at [email protected].