Summer Junior English camp in New York
Our Summer Junior English camp in New York is designed for students aged 13 to 17 years old. The camp includes general English lessons, full board accommodation in twin rooms in a local host family (recruited by us!), as well as a full program of supervised activities and excursions.
By choosing our Junior English Outdoor summer camp, students can also help the environment! They can enjoy the benefits of natural sunlight, shade, and the breeze, rather than being inside a classroom with AC and artificial light! If you care about the climate, this summer English course is for you!
In summer 2021, all classes will take place outside in Brooklyn Bridge Park, giving our young students the opportunity to learn English and enjoy the best view of Manhattan while staying safe and practicing social distancing easily. Instead of being in a room with 4 walls, the city will become their classroom! The Brooklyn Bridge Park location has been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, proximity of public restrooms… and of course the view!
This program is designed to immerse students in NYC’s life and culture. The course hours and general content will remain the same as before, but now with an added interactive approach to learning English. Our classes are rich in cultural content and conversation and include regular educational and cultural field trips to other locations around the city. In addition to completing book assignments, participating in pair work and discussion, and being assigned homework regularly, just like in a regular classroom setting, students will get the added bonus of a hands-on approach to learning about NYC. Class field trips will include visits to museums, cultural centers, historic neighborhoods, historical landmarks, and more! This interactive classroom experience will give students the opportunity to learn and practice their language skills in truly authentic NYC settings.
Our Summer Junior English camp in New York includes 20 lessons (= 15 hours) of general English per week taking place Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 12.45pm. Our teachers are qualified, experienced, and use an action-based, communicative method to encourage students to interact and use the language as much as possible. There is a maximum of 10 students per class, grouped together according to level.
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June 27th to August 7th 2021
Maximum Class Size:
9:30am-12:45pm general ESL program
2pm-5:30pm afternoon activities/excursions
Included in the course fees
Closed group Junior programs:
If you are interested in booking your school group for a closed group package at our language school in New York City, including English classes, host family accommodation and full program of activities and excursions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
There are 5 half-day excursions and 1 full-day excursion per week (except the last week when Saturday is departure day). Our activity program is designed to include the best of New York City and alternate between fun and educational outings. Summer is a great time to discover New York and our students will have the chance to take part in some real American activities to enjoy a typical summer in the city!
Wednesday – Summer in the city!
Discover the world-famous Times Square, enjoy a bike tour or take a ride on The Beast boat!
Fridays – Social outings
A fun time to do some shopping, go to Coney Island or play sports in the park, followed by an evening dinner in a restaurant.
Sundays – Immersion time
Arrival, free day with the host families, afternoon activity at the residence.
Our host families
At BSL, we know that accommodation is an important factor to a successful trip abroad, so we spend a lot of time selecting the right families for our Summer Junior English camp in New York. They are all based in Brooklyn and the average journey time to Brooklyn Bridge Park where the classes take place is 30 minutes by public transport (can be longer for some homestays).
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 factor of New York’s cultural identity, so some hosts may be of Asian or Latin descent, but English is always spoken in the home. Regardless of their background and circumstances, all our host families have in common the wish to make every student’s stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
The benefits of staying with a host family
Living as part of an English-speaking household is simply the best way to truly immerse yourself in the language and culture of a country. Students will be practicing the English they have learned every day with other English speakers, which means that they will never stop learning and improving fluency. It is also a great chance to get to know people living in New York and share their way of life. Hosts will welcome youngsters in their home as a member of their family, and in return will expect them to adapt to their way of life (mealtimes, for example, may be different to the home country). Mutual respect is the key to a successful stay.
How does it work day-to-day?
Arrival day is on Sunday before the course starts. Departure day is on Saturday after the course ends. We can arrange for an extra night at each end of the stay if necessary (at an extra cost) to fit with flight timetables.
Students stay in twin rooms with another BSL student of the same gender but different nationality and share the bathroom with the family members. Breakfast is included at home every morning, then students make their way to Brooklyn Bridge Park together by public transport. They also get back home together by public transport in the evenings. Lunch will either be packed lunches prepared by the host family or in restaurants around the city. Dinner is taken at home with the family every day (except on Friday night if dinner is part of the goodbye party).
Towels and bed linen are provided. It is not common for US homes to have a washing machine but in that case, laundromats are always available nearby (around $5 per wash/dry).
Host families also have the responsibility to make sure students respect their curfew and are home safely in the evening.
SAFETY & SUPERVISION
Activities and excursions are led by experienced activity leaders, at a ratio of 15 students per leader. They are here to make sure the students are safe at all times during outings.
The activity program is compulsory and students must attend all the supervised activities organized by the school (unless they have booked the Course Only option).
A health form informing us of any allergies/treatments will be sent out to the parents at the time of booking and should be returned completed and signed to the school no later than 2 weeks before the start of the course.
Students have to be back in their homestay every day after the activities at 6.30pm maximum, except on Fridays when they have dinner out with the group and have to be home at 8.30pm. One of the host families’ duties is to inform the school if a student is late for dinner. Students are not allowed out in the evening unless their host families take them out.
JUNIORS 2021 SAMPLE TIMETABLE
|9.30am-11.00am||Lessons 1 & 2||Full-Day Excursion
Free Day with Host Family
|11.15am-12.45pm||Lessons 3 & 4|
& Dinner Out
|6.30pm||Back Home||Back Home|
|7.00pm-8.00pm||Dinner with Host Family||Dinner with Host Family|
|8.00pm-10.00pm||Free Time with Host Family|
Q: Is New York safe enough for teens?
A: Despite having a population of more than 8 million people, New York City consistently ranks in the top ten safest large cities in the United States. As in any large city, travelers should be careful of pickpockets and hustlers, but our leaders are here to guide students and give them safety tips.
Q: Where will the English classes take place?
A: All junior classes will take place in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights. So instead of being in a room with 4 walls, students will learn English while enjoying one of the best views of the city, looking out to the Brooklyn Bridge and Downtown Manhattan. The city will become their classroom!
Q: Will it be comfortable for the students? Will there be restrooms?
A: Yes and yes! The Brooklyn Bridge Park location has been chosen because of its fantastic view but also because it is easily accessible and has public restrooms on-site. Students will gather in small groups of 10 maximum on park seating – no seating in the grass (unless they want to!)
Q: How will teachers be able to teach without a traditional classroom and a blackboard?
A: Teachers will continue to utilize the coursebook, supplementary materials, and mini-whiteboards to target key grammar and vocabulary points throughout each class. Students will also complete homework assignments regularly and be assessed on language objectives weekly just like with previous summer programs. Teachers will also have portable internet routers and use technology in the form of iPads, smartphones, language apps, and online games to keep lessons fresh and interesting to ensure young learners are continually engaged throughout each lesson.
Q: What are the benefits of an outdoor class?
A: Although our outdoor classes will be taught very similarly to our previous indoor classes, there are many added benefits to taking our classes outside! Since classes will predominantly take place outdoors throughout the city, students will naturally be immersed in NYC life and culture. This interactive class concept will include weekly field trips to give students the chance to use and practice their language skills on the spot. Not only will students be exploring all that NYC has to offer, but they will be able to live like a real New Yorker and experience the city first-hand!
Q: Will there be homework?
A: Yes, just like in a regular classroom setting. In addition, students will complete coursebook assignments, participate in pair work and discussion, and will get the added bonus of a hands-on approach to learning about NYC!
Q: What happens if it rains?
A: On the rare days when it rains in the morning or if it gets too hot, classes will switch to one of our carefully selected indoor venues 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 for socially-distance. We recommend that each student brings a mask and a small bottle of hydroalcoholic gel to sanitize their hands as often as needed.
Q: My child has a food allergy, how will this be handled?
A: Any health and dietary requirements (allergies, special diets, medical conditions, etc…) need to be included in the enrollment form so that we can inform the host at the time of booking. Staff and families will be aware of these and take them into account at mealtimes.
Q: What if my child is homesick and wants to go home?
A: The first couple of days are often quite daunting, as students adjust to a new country and customs, a new language, and new friends. This is normal and usually goes away after they’ve settled in. If the homesickness persists, however, your child can go home but please note that no refund will be possible and the school will not be held responsible for extra charges involved (change of flight, etc…). We recommend that you encourage your child to stay in New York though, as we know from experience that after the initial fear of the unknown, our students have a great time and don’t want to leave!
Q: How do I contact my child?
A: You will be provided with the address and telephone number of the host family. You will also be able to be in touch by email as all students get some free time to use the internet.
Q: Should insurance be taken out to cover my child’s stay on the course?
A: Yes, it is highly recommended that every student has an insurance package before leaving home.
Q: How much pocket money will my child need to bring?
A: We recommend about $150 a week to make sure they can make the most of their shopping opportunities. It may sound like a lot but students often want to purchase clothes or shoes as well as souvenirs, drinks, and snacks. Money can be given to staff or group leaders for safekeeping.
Q: Will my child be able to exchange currency while in New York?
A: Yes, staff will help the students change money into US Dollars at local banks and travel shops. It is a good idea to arrive with a small amount of local currency for immediate needs such as phone cards.