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Brooklyn School of Languages

The Power of
outdoor learning

In Brooklyn School of Languages’ peculiarity, the new “English Outdoor” course the city will become the classroom!

Instead of being in a room with 4 walls, students are immersed in NYC life and culture, having the unique opportunity to practice their English in authentic NYC settings.
Morning classes may take place in indoor and outdoor locations all over the city while enjoying the best views in the city.

Locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, the proximity of public restrooms, etc. With average class sizes have an average of 5-6 students, so teachers will give students their undivided attention.

This interactive classroom experience also includes regular educational and cultural field trips throughout the city including visits to museums, cultural centres, historic neighbourhoods, historical landmarks, and more!

English Outdoor: "The city becomes the classroom"

School Features

EO Standard Course

20 Lessons (15 Hours per week)

The Standard course is a general English language course taught in small classes which allows 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 of 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, the proximity of public restrooms, etc. 

**Note that there is 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.

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

Prices

Start dates

Any Monday

Minimum Level

Pre-Intermediate

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

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EO Combined Course

23 Lessons (17.5 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.

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
  • 4 levels offered [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

Prices

Start dates

Any Monday

Minimum Level

Pre-Intermediate

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

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Individual 1:1 Training

BSL offers Individual English language lessons for personal and/or professional objectives. As each student has their own requirements and goals, the teacher 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

 

  • 4 levels offered [Pre-Intermediate-Intermediate-Upper-Intermediate-Advanced]
  • Weekly quiz & 2-week progress report
  • First coursebook & materials and are included in fees

Minimum Level

Beginner

Prices

Start dates

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

Class Times

Flexible, subject to teacher availability

Summer Junior Camp

This school also offers Summer Courses for children aged 13-17.
A fun multicultural programme in a secure environment.

Accommodation

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

A: The “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: 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.

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!

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…

A: Yes and yes! Locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, the 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. 

A: Teachers continue to carry out the 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.

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, the 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.

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!

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

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. Bringing a mask and a small bottle of hydroalcoholic gel to sanitize their hands as often as needed are always recommended.

A: Homestays are located in Brooklyn, on average 30 minutes by subway to Brooklyn Heights and 35-40 minutes by subway to Lower Manhattan. The school alternates between locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan for 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!

A: There is plenty to do and see in New York so you will never get bored! The school organises 2 to 3 social activities per week which you are welcome to join (walking tours, happy hours, lunches, museums…) and also gives you plenty of suggestions of things to do in your free time (famous sights, hidden gems, festivals, markets…)

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

A: Yes. You can book with peace of mind knowing that the school 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. 

Location

BROOKLYN & MANHATTAN

The school itself is located in Brooklyn but the “English Outside” lessons will take place in the heart of Brooklyn and Manhattan in different locations (both indoor and outdoor) while enjoying the best views and sights of the city. 

Summer Junior English Camp in New York

BSL 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 the school!), as well as a full program of supervised activities and excursions.

By choosing the 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 2022, all classes will take place in iconic and authentic places such as Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo, Essex Market or Brookfield Place, to immerse students in NYC’s life and culture, and practice social distancing easily. Instead of being in a room with 4 walls, the city will become the students’ classroom! The locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, proximity of public restrooms…

The course hours and general content will remain the same as before. Our classes are rich in cultural content and conversation but now with an added interactive approach to learning English. 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. This interactive classroom experience will give students the opportunity to learn and practice their language skills in truly authentic NYC settings.

The Summer Junior English camp ​in New York includes 20 lessons (= 15 hours) of general English per week taking place Monday to Friday between 9:30 am and 12.45 pm.  The 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 8 students per class, grouped together according to level

Key Facts

 

  • 4 levels offered [Pre-Intermediate-Intermediate-Upper-Intermediate-Advanced]
  • Weekly quiz & 2-week progress report
  • First coursebook & materials and are included in fees

Minimum Level

Beginner

Dates

June 26th to August 6th 2022

Age Range

13-17

Prices

Start dates

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

Class Times

Flexible, subject to teacher availability

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