Winter Junior English camp in New York
Our Winter 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, as well as a full program of supervised activities and excursions.
The lessons take place in our adult school in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, less than 3 minutes’ walk to 3 subway stations and 8 subway lines: 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F and R.
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, both in and out of class. There is a maximum of 12 students per class, grouped together according to level. Course materials are included (teachers use textbooks as well as authentic materials such as magazines, newspapers articles…)
Click here for more info on our Year-round English classes for Adults.
January 10th to February 06th, 2021 (1-, 2-, 3 and 4-week courses available)
Maximum Class Size:
English lessons, lunches at school, activities and excursions, half-board accommodation in host families, subway pass and supervision.
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.
Mondays – Iconic locations
Walking tours of Brooklyn Heights/Brooklyn Bridge, High Line, Central Park…
Tuesdays – Famous landmarks
Admire the view from NY’s most famous buildings: Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower…
Wednesday – Winter in the city!
Discover the world-famous Times Square or ice-skate in iconic Bryant Park!
Thursdays – Educational visits
The Museum of Natural History, the MET, The MoMA…
Fridays – Social outings
Fun time to do some shopping and visit the holiday markets, or go to Coney Island, followed by an evening dinner in a restaurant.
Saturdays – Winter in the City!
Excursion to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, or a Broadway Show!
Sundays – Immersion time
Free day with the host family to immerse yourself in the language and culture.
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 the school on public transport is 30 minutes (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.
How does it work day-to-day
Arrival day is on the Sunday before the course starts. Departure day is on the Saturday after the course ends. We can arrange for an extra night on 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 school together by public transport. They also get back home together by public transport in the evenings. Lunches will be at St Francis College on weekdays, and a packed lunch will be prepared for the Saturday excursion. Dinner is taken at home with the family everyday (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 and 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.
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.