Learn English in New York - Learn English in Brooklyn ESL Awards "English School of the year 2016"
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"I booked an intensive tailor-made program, 60 hours of one-to-one lessons that I had the chance to follow with Baise Seyhan, the Head of the pedagogical team: exceptional! "  Read More

Cristina Romero, France, September 2017

"I can only convey how tremendous the Brooklyn school is. Great location, with a breathtaking view of Brooklyn and Manhattan, a beautiful contemporary decor and a smiling and super professional staff, it was a real pleasure to go there every day.

In order to complete this linguistic immersion experience, I had chosen to stay in a host family. This is how I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Miele, a lady who welcomed me with great kindness and made me discover the life of Brooklyn by including me with her social life. Linda is a cultivated and dynamic person and staying at her home has been a very rewarding experience".

Cristina Romero, France, September 2017

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Read a student's experience: 2 weeks in Brooklyn and BSL, New York!

Our School


"The school and its furniture is very new and nice and the views are unbelievable. All the staff is so friendly!"

Elena Heck


"I like that it is a small school. I think it's more 'human' than the other ones you can find in Manhattan."

Elodie Gouslan

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Our Classes


"Very good mix of skills, challenging but still entertaining. In one week I can already see some improvement in terms of new vocab and how to use it."

Kristina Endres


"I like the small groups. We speak a lot about different kind of topics, the course is very dynamic and spontaneous."

Sarah Mary

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Our Teachers


"Perfect mix of grammar and discussion, very good teacher."

Susanne Straetmans


"The teacher was always prepared, he caught my attention every time he was speaking and helped me a lot with my pronunciation and he is a nice person too."

Ramona Waldvogel

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Our Staff


"They always know what is going on in NYC. They are very helpful and organize super interesting activities!"

Giulia Oberti di Valnera


"I just can say thank you to all of them! They helped me in everything and made me feel at home."

David Graña

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Our Housing


"I had the best host family you ever could wish. My host mum spent a lot of time to make everything clean, and the food was delicious! They are so nice when you arrive, it's like I never left my home in Belgium. Now she's my American mom!"

Margot Maria Detavernier

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Our Junior Program


"My host family was very kind, we talked a lot and the house was very clean."

Joyly Stevens


"The classes were very interesting, I think I have progressed a lot. My favorite excursions were Coney Island, Wall Street and the Empire State Building."

Mailys Noziere

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2 weeks in Brooklyn and BSL - by Elisabeth Hechler, Germany

"Congratulations! You won the 'Trip Poker' prize draw!"

That is how my New York adventure started. Two weeks in New York including flights, a language course at BSL and accommodation in a host family – all for free! Unbelievable!

The first prize drawing of my life and then the top prize! When I had calmed down and stopped running and bouncing around in my flat cheering with joy I called my family and friends who couldn't believe it either.

That was back in February and I finally took off in September – from Munich via Frankfurt to New York JFK. Although a little bit tired I was very excited and curious to meet my host mother and see the accommodation. I took the subway and a New Yorker kindly carried my suitcase up the stairs – I must have looked as if I'd collapse from exhaustion. My first impression was definitely very positive! When I arrived at my new home for the following two weeks I was welcomed by my lovely host mummy Sharon. She showed me around the house and the neighbourhood. Many families live here in Park Slope and there are many little shops (second hand, antiques and accessories), bars and restaurants. Prospect Park is also nearby.

After a restless first night (due to jet lag!) I took the subway to the school. It didn't take longer than half an hour door to door. I was given a very friendly welcome at the school but the view from the window beat everything! The view from the 34th floor over Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan is just amazing. 'Wow', all new arrivals were struck with awe. After calming down we introduced ourselves. Chatting to each other in English seemed so much easier here than at home.

After a written and oral level test we were assigned to our classes. The level of English varied a lot among the students but there was a suitable class for everyone. During the break in the morning people gather in the kitchen for coffee and it is easy to start a conversation with students from other classes. People from France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Netherlands, Japan, Germany – it is a motley mixture of nationalities and everyone laughs a lot. The school is small and has a family-run atmosphere. Richard, the school director, knows every student by name and the team is always helpful with questions regarding the school, accommodation or New York in general. We also had a lot of fun with the teachers during the lessons. Unfortunately, my English was a bit rusty since I had only needed it on a few occasions at work. It was therefore very beneficial that our teacher Gabi – who proclaims herself to be a grammar Nazi – jumpstarted my English again.

There were several activities after school such as excursions to Brooklyn Bridge, a visit to a museum, and a Broadway tour as well as a Broadway musical. I went out a lot with my classmates. We went together to MOMA, to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island, to the Top of the Rock, Central Park, Times Square, and the cinema. And of course, the girls went shopping together. Also at night you didn't have to be on your own if you didn't want to be. We went out to eat in Chinatown and had an Octoberfest beer at a bar in Brooklyn (sorry, I am from Munich and Bavarian beer is just the best in the world).

My time in New York went by incredibly fast, although I felt at the same time as if I had been there for months. The daily commute to the school and back home felt familiar very quickly and I was even able to help tourists find their way through the subway labyrinth. Two weeks in New York, however, were also very exhausting. You really need a break in Central Park to escape all the noise and hustle and bustle.

On my last evening I went to Brooklyn Bridge Park to take a final look at the skyline of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge by night. We were all wistful when we said our good byes on the last day at school.

I had a fabulous time in New York. Many thanks to everyone!

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What they are saying about our school

Ayano Enda
Japan
There are not so many students so we are able to talk to everyone, I liked it. I made many good friends through the school activities and tried to be with them all the time to speak English. - September 2017

Andrea Campelo S. Dias
Brazil
I really loved learning English at BSL, the school atmosphere is awesome! Thank you Rich and the team! - September 2017

Ann-Catrin Wischner
Germany
Beautiful design and view. - September 2017

Joelle Christine Tinguely
Switzerland
I like the familiar atmosphere and the staff is very professional. I appreciate the concept with the weekly assessments and the personal progress reports. - August 2017

Takeshi Ogino
Japan
The location is perfect, in a very nice district of Brooklyn, and very close to Manhattan. And for me it is good that there aren’t so many Japanese students in this school. - August 2017

Falk Ehler
Germany
Easy to find, awesome view, clean, friendly and helpful staff – it has everything you need. - August 2017

Berenice Champion
France
No need to go to the Empire State or Top of the Rock, the school has a great view! - August 2017

Ester Carmona Alcolea
Spain
I am very happy to learn English in this school, it's fantastic! My teacher is excellent, very patient with us, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Thanks so much! - July 2017

Sven Sowa
Germany
School with a very pleasant atmosphere. The teachers are very professional and the view of Manhattan is the best in the city. - July 2017

Sophie Chen
France
Everything is perfect! The view, the teachers, the staff... - July 2017

Carla Alexandra Diniz Morgado
Portugal
It was a great experience studying at BSL because I had the opportunity to meet wonderful people. I will come back again! - June 2017

Carlos Eduardo Trujillo
Mexico
Everyone is friendly and open to meet others, it's easy to make friends here. It's a place where you can feel comfortable. - June 2017

Juliana Alvarez Restrepo
Colombia
Amazing people and great activities after school. - June 2017

Giancarlo Serany
Italy
I felt comfortable and happy at school. The staff is friendly and helpful. - June 2017

Jordan Antje
Germany
There is a very good atmosphere at school. The teachers have fun with their jobs! - June 2017

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What they are saying about our classes

Martina Michel
Italy
I think the business class is very well structured. There are a lot of interesting topics and the book is very challenging. - September 2017

Alessandro Rossi
Italy
I want to thank you about the two weeks that I spent in NYC. I really enjoyed my time at the school and I really was very satisfied about your lessons. It was my first English course abroad but your abilities in teaching and keeping the attention of the class really inspired me. - August 2017

Falk Ehler
Germany
Awesome class, lots of fun, comfortable atmosphere. The teacher was friendly and helpful. I gained confidence in speaking. - August 2017

Berenice Champion
France
The best English classes I’ve ever had. I learnt so many things and I am not afraid to speak anymore. - August 2017

Claudia Jacobovitz
Brazil
I really enjoyed the BSL structure, the way they teach and the relationships with the students. - July 2017

Edoardo Girardin
Italy
The lessons were so fun and we learned so much. Now I can understand and speak better. - June 2017

Diego Sebastian Gueler Monte
Argentina
Private lessons are very useful and the teachers bring very interesting materials and topics into class. I can tell they do very good research. - June 2017

Dominik Gnann
Germany
The topics covered in class were helpful for conversation. We spoke a lot and learned a lot of new vocabulary. - May 2017

Janine Aniela Gehring
Germany
I like my Business English teacher, he is a pushing us forward in a very positive way. - April 2017

Leila Bertschinger
Switzerland
There's a very friendly and easy atmosphere in class. - April 2017

Henry de Roquefeuil
France
The topics were interesting and relevant. We used a lot of different materials and learnt a lot of interesting of interesting expressions. - March 2017

Michiko Kuwauchi
Japan
I'm very satisfied because the classes at BSL don't have too many students, so I had a lot of opportunity to speak at school. - March 2017

Mauro Grombone
Italy
The English course was very good and gave me the opportunity to talk a lot. - March 2017

Lucia Perez Barhumi
Peru
The class made my day. It made me motivated to come to school. The people are very friendly, I couldn't have asked for anything better. - February 2017

Angelique Fromentin
France
Good balance between all the skills. The number of students in class is good for speaking together. - January 2017

Anne Harbers
Netherlands
I liked reading the news together and talking about it. - January 2017

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What they are saying about our teachers

Ann-Catrin Wischner
Germany
She makes great lessons, it’s interesting and she knows how to motivate us. I liked that we started the morning with grammar and vocabulary (listening) and moved on with speaking and reading after the break. - September 2017

Yolanda Serrano Reviriego
Spain
She made classes very interesting and fun. I could improve my speaking and my grammar in just 2 weeks. - September 2017

Joelle Christine Tinguely
Switzerland
Each teacher taught in a different way but all of them did a great job. Every day was interesting and I learned so many things each day. - August 2017

Aniela Rosales
Mexico
It's a fantastic school, the teachers are really good and fun. - August 2017

Elena Maria Alvarez Castro
Spain
Joanie is professional, patient and dynamic. She is fantastic and I definitely recommend her - July 2017

Karine Guguen
France
Cory is really a great teacher. He makes us participate, he puts us at ease. Thanks to him, I learned and progressed quickly. - June 2017

Carlos Eduardo Trujillo
Mexico
Ethan is very experienced and makes every class unique. The materials he used make the class enjoyable. - June 2017

Juliana Alvarez Restrepo
Colombia
Madison had a great style, empathy and gave great examples applied to real life. - June 2017

Giancarlo Serany
Italy
My teacher was really kind and funny and the lessons were interesting. There was a good balance between the activities and she used lots of extra materials.” - June 2017

Ayako Shimada
Japan
Ethan has lots of resources on how to study English and lots of good advice. In one week I practiced many aspects of the language and skills.” - May 2017

Mattia Pizzutti
Italy
I really like how she teaches because I can understand everything and she has a positive attitude. I improved a lot and I am more confident now when I have to speak. - April 2017

Jeanne Savine
France
I thank my teacher Baise because she is a good teacher and also funny! I think I learnt a lot because in class we can express ourselves freely, I was not uncomfortable. For the first time I enjoyed going to school! - April 2017

Henry de Roquefeuil
France
Ethan always makes sure we have fun while learning. - March 2017

Manuela Albero
France
I loved having Joanie and Lauren as teachers. Joanie is very interesting and sweet and I love Lauren's energy. - March 2017

Benjamin Schiehl
Germany
Cory is a great person and teacher. He was always focused on my needs and taught me very well. - March 2017

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What they are saying about our staff

Takeshi Ogino
Japan
The staff are all friendly and so nice. I see this is a good workplace for the staff, and it is important to offer a good environment for the students to learn. - August 2017

Simone Herzog
Switzerland
I really appreciated the help at school. I think not every school helps the students so much and so fast. - July 2017

Carlos Eduardo Trujillo
Mexico
You are all great people, keep doing what you're doing! Thank you for helping me not only at school, but in NY in general. - June 2017

Bruno La Regina
Brazil
Very friendly and easy-going! They make students feel comfortable about speaking English with staff and other students. - June 2017

Maria Vittoria Scebba
Italy
Everyone is friendly, available, competent, and also funny! - May 2017

Ayako Shimada
Japan
I was surprised to see all the staff knows the students' names. They are very kind and give good advice. - May 2017

Dominik Gnann
Germany
They are all very friendly and helpful, and it looks like everyone has fun in their jobs. - May 2017

Silke Kampfmeier
Germany
Thank you so much for everything. You are so helpful, open-minded, curious, kind, and I felt in good hands. - May 2017

Janine Aniela Gehring
Germany
Warm-hearted! It's amazing how you care about every single student. - April 2017

Leila Bertschinger
Switzerland
The staff is friendly, open and helpful. - April 2017

Benjamin Schiehl
Germany
Madison is one of the kindest people I have ever met. From day one she was so warm-hearted to every student. - March 2017

Lucia Perez Barhumi
Peru
Everyone is really nice, friendly, cheerful. Thank you for making this experience for unforgettable! - February 2017

Thibault Genton
Switzerland
Warm, friendly, attentive - everything was perfect. - February 2017

Alessandro Boscolo Cappon
Italy
They're like a family. - January 2017

Anne Harbers
Netherlands
The teachers, staff and director are really open and interested. - January 2017

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What they are saying about our housing

Camila Ciotoli
Italy
They are a very kind, friendly and helpful family. During dinner we talked about the day, school and other things. Aaron and Nicole cooked for me every night and the dishes were very good. - September 2017

Valerio Preisig
Switzerland
Very friendly and kind family, interesting neighborhood. They gave me a lot of recommendations. Especially on weekends the breakfast was extraordinary! - September 2017

Falk Ehler
Germany
Very calm and friendly family, they helped every time I had a question. The house was clean. - August 2017

Clarissa Marlene Schwilk
Germany
They are a very lovely family. They helped me a lot and answered every question I had. The house was clean the whole time. - August 2017

Melanie Huber
Germany
Our host showed a lot of interest in us and asked a lot of questions which made us feel totally welcome. And the food was delicious and well-balanced. - August 2017

Cristina Romero
France
The most interesting part of my stay was to meet my host Linda, who is a very interesting and nice person. She introduced me to her friends and shared with me her daily life. - August 2017

Laura Gomez
Spain
I felt like home, really nice atmosphere. I arrived late and they were waiting for me. I enjoyed speaking with them after dinner. Everything was as clean as my own home. The food was really good and she also taught me how to cook. They also gave me good recommendations about what to do and where to eat. - August 2017

Jocelyne Prévot
France
I booked homestay B&B and it was very convenient because I had my independence. Tracey was very welcoming and kind, always helpful without even having to ask. She gave me very good tips to enter museums and other places without waiting at the entrance. - June 2017

Meltem Te
Germany
Amazing family, very friendly and helpful. I felt very welcome and had an amazing time! - June 2017

Dominik Gnann
Germany
My host mum Sonja is so helpful, friendly and very funny. And the food was delicious! - May 2017

Natalina Siffert-Fiori
Brazil
I really felt at home, Emily is a welcoming and open-minded person. - May 2017

Jeannine
Switzerland
My host family is very kind and it was a pleasure to get to know her. - March 2017

Alexandra Hafner
Germany
Emily is a really kind and nice person. I enjoyed staying in her home so much! She welcomed me very warmly and I felt comfortable all the time I stayed with her. Plus her cooking is amazing! It's always fresh, healthy a varied, I was very impressed. - November 2016

Kristina Endres
Germany
My host was warm, welcoming, unbelievably helpful, and there was a lot of conversation every evening. Thank you so much for this outstanding experience in a host family. - November 2016

Chloe Griebel
France
My host mum was welcoming and attentive. We spoke a lot at dinner, they always asked how my day was. The food was varied and healthy. - October 2016

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What they are saying about our Junior Program

Elena Bussolari
Italy
I find my lessons very interesting. The teacher is very good and explains very well. She uses the projector a lot and this is very helpful for me. I think I really improved my English. The program is also very organized and the staff always takes care of us. - July 2016

Rosalie
France
Sherry, my host mom, cooks very well. All the family is very nice and they integrate us into the conversations. I feel like at my home. - July 2016

Riccardo Di Molfetta
Italy
A good school in a very beautiful position in Brooklyn. I liked it so much! Also my host family was very nice with me, and available to answer all my questions. - July 2016

Giulia PiaFaraone
Italy
Emily is the best, and she cooks very well! - July 2016

Thor Renner
Denmark
I like the places we visit! Albert is a fantastic leader! The best experience! - July 2016

Kiara Monja Heidi Horig
Germany
I really like the school and the people here. There was a lot of fun! - July 2016

Maja Talarek
Poland
Amanda's lessons are very fun and interesting, I learnt a lot of new words. - July 2016

Gaia Guglielmo
Italy
The general atmosphere in the house is very nice and the family is always available! - July 2016

Julien Rubio
France
I am very happy and satisfied about the school! - July 2016

Mateo Raguenault
France
The program was awesome: the lessons had a good balance between speaking, grammar and listening, our activity leader Albert was amazing and my family was typically American which was great. - July 2015

Eas-Vele group
Spain
My students and I had a great time in Brooklyn. Our host families really integrated us in their daily lives and the activity program went really smoothly. Our leader Albert was fantastic, always ready to help and very knowledgeable about New York. And the commute to school by subway was no problem at all. Thank you to everyone at BSL for making our stay a very successful one. - July 2015

Alysse Bayon
France
I had a great time in New York, the program was really well organised. I enjoyed the classes and activities, and my host family was just perfect too! - July 2015

Joyly Stevens
Belgium
My host family was very kind, during and after dinner we talked a lot and the house was very clean. - July 2014

Mailys Noziere
France
The classes were very interesting, I think I have progressed a lot. My 3 favorite excursions are the trip to Coney Island, the walk through Wall Street and the visit to the Empire State Building. - July 2014

Marc Xapelli
Spain
We had a very good teacher, I have improved a lot my English. I enjoyed my stay and the visits to the Top of the Rock, Times Square and Brooklyn Bridge. Also, my host family is very nice, they are helpful and very friendly. - July 2014