ESL Awards "School Facility of the year 2017 + 2018"
ESL Awards "English School of the year 2016"

English Outdoors: Learn. Explore. Discover.

Groups and mini-stays

Closed groups and mini-stays in Brooklyn, New York City

For your group trip to New York City, we can cater for groups of any size, any age, and any level. We tailor-make the lessons and activities according to your group’s specific needs and requirements.

English lessons

The course includes 15 hours per week in the morning and outside of the classroom. Lessons take place in authentic locations all over the city – both indoors and outdoors depending on the weather. Students learn in iconic places such as Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Brookfield Place, Essex Market and many more… The city becomes their classroom! Locations have been thoroughly researched and chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, proximity of public restrooms…

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. They are in the unique position to improve their English, expand their knowledge about NYC, practice their English in truly authentic NYC settings, and live like a true New Yorker!

Our academic team will be happy to tailor the lessons around your group’s interests: subjects or topics covered at school, exam preparation, business topics, etc… We can also organize outdoor classes in museums or places of interest to make the lessons more interactive and engaging.

Classes will be taught in small groups of up to 12 students and take place comfortably around a table, in semi-circular seating, or in a row.. Everyone will get a coursebook, participate in group and pair work, and have regular homework assignments, just like in a regular classroom setting. Teachers will be equipped with technology such as iPads and routers for internet connection.

If the group is small (12 students or less), they can have their lessons in one closed group as long as all the students have a similar level. For larger groups of up to 35 students, we can divide the students into small classes of different levels.

We conduct testing in advance to place students in groups according to their level. You can decide how many English lessons you want per day or per week, but we recommend a minimum of 8 lessons per week (= 6 hours).

US flag

US flag in Times Square

Brooklyn Promenade

Brooklyn Heights Promenade


This is also tailor-made to your group’s needs and requirements so let us know what you want to see and do in NYC! If you are not sure we will suggest an initial program with plenty of typical activities and must-see places, and we can then discuss, change, and improve the program until you are happy with it.

Typical activities can include:


Accommodation & meals

All of our homestays are located in Brooklyn. At BSL, we spend time selecting the right families, we recruit and visit them all ourselves so we know them well and can make quality placements according to our students’ profiles and needs. A host family can be a couple with children, a retired couple, a single parent, or even a single person. Ethnic diversity is an important aspect of New York’s cultural identity, so some hosts may be of Asian, African, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent, but English is always spoken in the home.

In a homestay, you will be able to share the host family’s lifestyle. You will be welcomed in the home like a member of the family and will experience life in New York as part of an American family. With the Half-Board option, you will get breakfast and dinner at home every day. You will be expected to respect the family’s mealtimes and let them know if you are not able to make it one day.

This is the best option to make faster progress in English as there will be more opportunities for conversation and linguistic immersion. Lunches are taken in restaurants during excursions/outings.

Sample timetables

Book 1 week, 2 weeks or create your ideal timetable with your preferred activities:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
AM lessons Brooklyn Bridge Park Madison Square Park Bosque Gardens (Battery Park) Bryant Park Domino Park Highline
Lunch Shake Shack Chipotle Packed lunch Pret a Manger Pizza Packed lunch
PM activity Dumbo & Brooklyn Bridge Empire State Building Museum of Natural History Central Park Shopping in Williamsburg Broadway Musical

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
AM lessons Stuyvesant Square Park Washington Square Park Greenacre Park Central Park Conservatory Gardens Prospect Park Statue of Liberty
Lunch Chipotle Sweetgreen Pret a Manger Packed lunch Pizza Packed lunch
PM activity Top of the Rock Times Square The Beast speedboat ride MET or MoMA Shopping in Soho Ellis Island