Language Training in McLean, Virginia

Workshop at university. Rear view of students sitting and listening in lecture hall doing practical exercises on their laptop computers. Tutor explaining tasks on white board.There are various levels of foreign language proficiency that describe one’s performance abilities. When it comes to learning a language, students gain the most from their studies when they are taught to their unique performance levels. At Critical Language Center, we offer language training in McLean, Virginia,and at customer sites, based on the students’ individual assessments and tailor our curriculum to their needs. We gauge our students’ competencies in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing, in addition to translation (full, summary, gist, audio, sight), interpretation (consecutive, simultaneous), transliteration and intercultural communication as needed by professional linguists. Based on this assessment, we determine which level of study is best suited to their needs.

From Arabic to Swahili, our learning center offers various levels of intensive study for all of our language courses. Our various language levels include the following basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of mastery:

  • Introductory (ILR 0+)
  • Survival (ILR 0+)
  • Beginner (ILR 0+/1)
  • Remedial (ILR 1/1+)
  • Pre-Intermediate (ILR 1+/2)
  • Intermediate (ILR 2/2+)
  • Upper Intermediate (ILR 2+/3)
  • Advanced (ILR 3/5)

Image of happy woman using laptop while sitting at cafe. Young african american woman sitting in a coffee shop and working on laptop.All of our levels are offered regularly and concurrently during the fall, winter, spring, and summer. If the enrolling student has previous knowledge of a language, they are expected to take a placement exam after registering to ensure they are placed at the appropriate level of mastery. Classes are held 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Whether you understand just enough to communicate using everyday expressions and basic phrases, or if you’re proficiency is higher, students of every skill level are welcome.


Contact us for more information about our class levels. We proudly serve business professionals and casual learners in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.