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Adult English courses

The USA will reopen its borders to International tourists from November 08th. 
Book your Standard Course and discover the city with our new English Outdoors program!

English classes for adults in New York

Our new English Outdoors concept is specifically designed to immerse students in NYC life and culture, giving students the unique opportunity to practice their English in authentic NYC settings. Our morning English classes take place in indoor and outdoor locations all over the city, allowing students to learn English and make the most of New York while staying safe and socially distant, and enjoying the best views in the city.

The city will become the classroom! Instead of being in a room with 4 walls, students will learn in places such as Bryant Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Industry City, Essex Market, Central Park and more. Locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, proximity of public restrooms, etc. Our class sizes have an average of 5-6 students, so teachers will give students their undivided attention. 

Our new concept of outdoor classes ensures that students discover different locations every day, have plenty of space to respect social distancing, and learn English in an innovative way. This interactive classroom experience also includes regular educational and cultural field trips throughout the city including visits to museums, cultural centers, historic neighborhoods, historical landmarks, and more! 

In addition to completing book assignments, regular homework, and participating in pair work and discussion, just like in a regular classroom setting, students get the added bonus of a hands-on approach to learning about NYC.

By choosing English Outdoors, students can also make a positive impact on the environment, taking advantage of natural sunlight and airflow rather than being inside and using artificial light and AC! This makes our English language program the most sustainable, eco-wise choice for students.

  • English classes for adults in New York 
  • 8 students maximum per class. Average 5 students.
  • Daily location guides included
  • Course materials included
  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Download our BSL classrooms location guides and find out where you’ll be learning!
Brooklyn Bridge Park Sample location guide Bryant Park Sample location guide Brookfield Place Sample location guide

Check the level descriptions

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EO STANDARD ENGLISH COURSE
(15 hours per week)

The Standard course is a general English language course taught in small classes which allows our expert teachers to provide individual feedback and advice on how to improve and further develop language skills.

The lessons take place in the morning at outdoor locations throughout the city, and focus on learning through real-life communication through everyday situations, interesting contexts, and a variety of material.

This course is designed to immerse students in the life of NYC while continuing to improve all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) as well as grammar and vocabulary.

ENGLISH OUTDOORS (EO)

BSL’s morning classes will take place in locations (both indoor and outdoor) all over the city, allowing students to learn English and make the most of NYC in a socially distant manner, all the while enjoying the best views and sights the city has to offer.

Being immersed in the life and culture of NYC adds a unique element to the classroom experience, as students will be able to truly experience NYC life and culture first-hand in authentic settings.

Classes will be rich in cultural content and conversation and will also include weekly cultural and educational field trips around the city. Instead of being in a room with 4 walls, students will learn in places such as Bryant Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Industry City, Essex Market, Central Park and more. The city will become their classroom!

Locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, proximity of public restrooms, etc. 

**Note that there are also a range of indoor locations for rainy days or when it is colder in the winter, so lessons are guaranteed, every day, whatever the weather.

Students will meet every morning at the BSL EO lounge or on location for their classes outdoors.

Key Facts

  • This course can be taken with an ESTA/Tourist VISA.
  • ‘Testing done in advance: writing test + multiple choice test + short oral test on Zoom
  • 5 levels offered [Elementary-Pre-Intermediate-Intermediate-Upper-Intermediate-Advanced]
  • Weekly quiz & 2-week progress report
  • Multi-national English classes for adults in New York
  • Weekly cultural and educational field trips throughout NYC
  • First coursebook & materials and included in fees

Class Times

  • Monday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Wednesday: Classes 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Friday: 9:30am-12.45pm
Outdoor Standard English course PDF

Prices

Prices listed here:

1-4 weeks 5-11 weeks
$310 per week $290 per week
12-23 weeks 24+ weeks
$270 per week $250 per week

See all prices


Start dates

Any Monday


Minimum Level

Elementary



EO INTENSIVE ENGLISH COURSE
(22.5 hours per week)

This course is for students looking for a full-time, intensive program. The morning lessons (15 hours) take place in outdoor locations and use a communicative method of teaching to increase the students’ knowledge of general English by improving their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

The afternoon electives (7.5 hours) take place indoors at the BSL EO Lounge and are divided up into eight-week sections focusing on a specific subject. These are academic skills-based and content-based electives, allowing our intensive students to progress at a quicker rate while improving their academic English skills

ENGLISH OUTDOORS (EO)

BSL’s morning classes will take place in locations (both indoor and outdoor) all over the city, allowing students to learn English and make the most of NYC in a socially distant manner, all the while enjoying the best views and sights the city has to offer.

Being immersed in the life and culture of NYC adds a unique element to the classroom experience, as students will be able to truly experience NYC life and culture first-hand in authentic settings.

Classes will be rich in cultural content and conversation and will also include weekly cultural and educational field trips around the city. Instead of being in a room with 4 walls, students will learn in places such as Bryant Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Industry City, Essex Market, Central Park and more. The city will become their classroom!

Locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, proximity of public restrooms, etc. 

**Note that there are also a range of indoor locations for rainy days or when it is colder in the winter, so lessons are guaranteed, every day, whatever the weather.

Students will meet every morning at the BSL EO lounge or on location for their classes outdoors.

Key Facts

  • You need an F1 / Student visa to take this course.
  • Testing done in advance: writing test + multiple choice test + short oral test on Zoom
  • 6 levels offered [Beginners-Elementary-Pre-Intermediate-Intermediate-Upper-Intermediate-Advanced]
  • Weekly quiz & 2-week progress report
  • Multi-national English classes for adults in New York
  • Weekly cultural and educational field trips throughout NYC
  • First coursebook & materials and included in fees

Class Times

  • Monday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30am-12.45pm + 2pm-4.30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am-12.45pm + 2pm-4.30pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am-12.45pm + 2pm-4.30pm
  • Friday: Classes 9:30am-12.45pm
Outdoor Intensive English course PDF

Prices

Prices listed here:

1-4 weeks 5-11 weeks
$410 per week $390 per week
12-23 weeks 24+ weeks
$370 per week $350 per week

See all prices


Start dates

Any Monday

Cycle 1 – April 26, 2021 – June 18, 2021 

Cycle 2 – June 21, 2021 – August 13, 2021 

Cycle 3 – August 16, 2021 – October 08, 2021
Cycle 4 – October 11, 2021 – December 03, 2021
Cycle 5 – December 06, 2021 – February 11, 2022


Minimum level

Beginner


Lesson Length

45 min



EO COMBINED ENGLISH COURSE
(17.25 hours per week)

If you are looking for a general morning English class as well as individual, specialized attention from an instructor in the afternoon, this is the course for you.

The Combined English Course for adults in New York consists of the morning EO Standard English Course taking place in outdoor locations; in addition to individual lessons focusing on the student’s areas of weakness and areas of interest, taking place in the BSL EO Lounge.

The individual training is a tailor-made program and is adapted to fit the needs of each student, and may include a focus on general, academic, or professional/Business English complete with both delayed and on-the-spot error correction to improve fluency and accuracy respectively.

This course can therefore be booked as a Combined General English course or a Combined Business English course.

Students will meet every morning at the BSL EO lounge, before departing for their morning classes outdoors.

Key Facts

  • This course can be taken with an ESTA/Tourist VISA.
  • Testing done in advance: writing test + multiple choice test + short oral test on Zoom
  • 5 levels offered [Elementary-Pre-Intermediate-Intermediate-Upper-Intermediate-Advanced]
  • Weekly quiz & 2-week progress report
  • Multi-national English classes for adults in New York
  • Weekly cultural and educational field trips throughout NYC
  • First-course book & materials and included in fees

Class Times

  • Monday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Friday: 9:30am-12.45pm
  • Individual classes at flexible times in the afternoons in the BSL EO Lounge
Outdoor Combined English course PDF

Prices

Prices listed here:

1-4 weeks 5-11 weeks
$450 per week $430 per week

See all prices


Start dates

Any Monday


Minimum Level

Elementary



INDIVIDUAL 1:1 TRAINING

We offer Individual English language lessons for personal and/or professional objectives. As each student has their own requirements and goals, we will discuss these with the student and tailor an English language program to suit their personal needs. This will take into account the time they have, their proficiency level, and their learning style.

Individual lessons can be booked to prepare for an exam or entry into a university, to prepare for a business trip or event (conferences, workshops…), or to gain more fluency in the everyday use of the language for work or pleasure. If you are looking for a tailored program to meet your specific English speaking language needs, individual lessons focus on specific English goals outside of the traditional, group classroom setting. With complete teacher attention, students who take individual courses rapidly improve in whatever content or skill area they choose.

Key Facts

Class Times

Flexible, subject to teacher availability

Prices

$80 / lesson
$75 for 10+
$65 for 20+
2:1: $50 / lesson / person

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Start dates

Flexible
(Minimum 2 lessons for students taking a group course – Minimum 6 lessons for a standalone individual course)


Minimum Level

Elementary



LIVE IN NEW YORK CONVERSATION COURSE (4 hours per week)

Our Online Conversation Course is designed for students who would like to improve their conversation skills from the comfort and convenience of their own home. With 4 hours per week, the student will learn day to day English with a native teacher through a tour around the city. This course focuses on improving students’ fluency, pronunciation, and overall conversation skills while expanding their vocabulary and knowledge on New York City related topics. Students will discuss a wide range of NYC related topics while engaging with their peers in an online classroom setting. Students will discuss topics such as film, art, sports, music, architecture, food, Broadway, fashion, New York slang, current events, NYC culture, and more.

We use Zoom to conduct all of our online lessons. Not only is Zoom extremely user-friendly, but it offers our teachers the tools they need to foster a truly communicative classroom environment including live annotation, break-off rooms, chat groups, class polls, and more. Other key advantages include HD video and exceptional audio clarity and quality. Zoom also allows for students to see and interact with each other in real-time, giving our students a real classroom experience. Please note that students will need a camera and working audio on their laptop, PC, tablet, or cell phone to access this class. You can read more about Zoom here.

Key Facts

  • Online placement test to ensure correct level placement
  • 3 levels offered Intermediate-Upper-Intermediate-Advanced
  • Multi-national English classes for adults: Teachers located in NYC
  • Supplemental material included in fees

Class Times

Tuesday & Thursday 9-11am EST

Prices

$300 (4 weeks)

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Start dates

TBC


Minimum Level

Intermediate



FAQs

Q: What is the English Outdoors concept?
A: Our new English Outdoors concept is specifically designed to immerse students in NYC life and culture, giving students the unique opportunity to practice their English in authentic NYC settings. English Outdoors means ‘outside of the classroom’ but not necessarily outside in a park: our morning English classes take place in both indoor and outdoor locations all over the city. Instead of being in the same classroom, students will learn in a new iconic and authentic place every day. This immersive classroom experience allows students to learn English and make the most of NYC in a socially distant manner, all the while enjoying the best views and sights the city has to offer.

Q: What are the benefits of an outdoor class?
A: Being immersed in the life and culture of NYC adds a unique element to the classroom experience, as students are able to truly experience NYC life and culture first-hand in authentic settings. NYC related topics and destinations are incorporated into the class curriculum by utilizing regular educational and cultural field trips as well as with the daily outdoor classroom destinations. Students are in the unique position to improve their English, expand their knowledge about NYC, be able to practice their English in truly authentic NYC settings, and live like a true New Yorker!

Q: Where do the English classes take place?
A:The city becomes the classroom! BSL’s morning classes take place in locations (both indoor and outdoor) all over the city. There is a range of indoor locations for rainy days or when it is too hot in summer/too cold in winter, so lessons are guaranteed every day, whatever the weather.

Some examples of outdoor locations include: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bryant Park, Cobble Hill Park, Madison Square Park, Shakespeare Garden…

Some examples of indoor locations include: Brookfield Place, Essex Market, Industry City…

Q: Will it be comfortable for the students? Will there be restrooms?
A: Yes and yes! Locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, proximity of public restrooms, etc. They take place in small classes of 6 students maximum (average 3/4). Students seat around a table, in semi-circular seating, or in a row. 

Q: How are teachers able to teach without a traditional classroom and a blackboard?
A: Teachers continue to carry out our current BSL teaching methodology with this new concept. They utilize the coursebook, supplementary materials, and mini-whiteboards to target key grammar and vocabulary points throughout each class. They also use technology in the form of iPads and smartphones to further engage students throughout each lesson, just like with our previous indoor classes.

Students also continue to complete homework assignments regularly and are assessed on course language objectives weekly. Classes are rich in cultural content and conversation and also include regular cultural and educational field trips around the city.

Q: Are all your teachers qualified, native speakers?
A: Every BSL instructor has–at a minimum–a Bachelor’s degree in TESOL, linguistics, or a related field, and a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate. Before being selected to work at BSL, our teachers are first interviewed face-to-face by the Academic and Programs Manager or School Director and are then required to give a teaching demonstration class, thus ensuring they possess both the necessary teaching and native-level English language skills.

Q: Is there homework?
A: Yes, just like in a regular classroom setting. In addition, students  complete coursebook assignments, participate in pair work and discussion, and get the added bonus of a hands-on approach to learning about NYC!

Q: What happens if it rains?
A: If it rains, gets too hot or too cold, classes will switch to an indoor venue or be taken on one of our many cultural or educational field trips located in indoor locations. New York City is full of great museums and semi-secret indoor public spaces.

Q: What about the COVID sanitary measures?
A: This is one of the advantages of being outdoors: students will make the most of the space and natural airflow rather than being inside in a crowded classroom and using Air Conditioning. Students and teachers will have ample room to socially-distance. We recommend that students bring a mask and a small bottle of hydroalcoholic gel to sanitize their hands as often as needed.

Q: How far will the accommodation be?
A: Our homestays are located in Brooklyn, on average 30 minutes by subway to Brooklyn Heights and 35-40 minutes by subway to Lower Manhattan. We alternate between locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan for our lessons so that students don’t always have to travel to Manhattan every morning, and also because there are plenty of great locations to explore in Brooklyn!

Q: What happens after class? Are there school activities organized?
A: There is plenty to do and see in New York so you will never get bored! We organize 2 to 3 social activities per week which you are welcome to join (walking tours, happy hours, lunches, museums…) and we also give you plenty of suggestions of things to do in your free time (famous sights, hidden gems, festivals, markets…)

Our daily location guides also include many cool ideas for things to do and places to visit in the area after class.

Q: What if I am no longer able to travel to NY due to my government’s (or the USA’s) COVID policies? Can I get my money back?
A: Yes. You can book with peace of mind knowing that we will refund your course in full should you be unable to travel due to COVID. We just ask that you give us enough notice when you cancel: 72 hours for a course only booking (i.e. the Friday before the course starts) and 7 days if you have booked homestay. You can check our full Terms & Conditions for more details.

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