The New School Continuing Education

English Language Studies

English is the language of international communication. From business to the arts and sciences, from education to technology, competency in English has become the central skill for professionals around the globe. Within the U.S. the population of those needing to improve their English skills in order to participate fully in society is on the rise. As a result, the demand for ESL courses and competent, compassionate ESL teachers continues to grow. The mission of English Language Studies at The New School is to address this demand by offering high-quality courses in English language instruction and teacher training.

The Department of English Language Studies offers continuing education courses as well as certificate and degree programs in the following areas:

English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL)

The ESL curriculum is designed for international students and businesspeople and other educated professionals. We offer courses from low intermediate (level 3) to advanced (level 6) levels. The New School offerings in English as a second/foreign language (ESL) include an ESL certificate program and a new certificate program that combines ESL study with foundational courses in art and design, ESL + Design. If you don't need a transcript of record, you can take individual ESL courses without enrolling for the certificate, but note that no permanent records are kept for non-certificate students.

Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The curriculum is set up as a full-time intensive program of English study (18 classroom hours weekly), but you can take courses as a certificate student on a part-time basis. (Exception: International students studying under a student visa from The New School are required to enroll full time.) For more information about the ESL curriculum and ESL registration options, visit the ESL certificate page.

ESL + Design Certificate

The ESL + Design Certificate is a pre-enrollment program for international students interested in attending an art or design college in the United States, but whose scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are low or who in any case are interested in refreshing their English skills and adjusting to university life in the U.S. before entering art and design studies. The certificate program of study is based on a structured set of intensive English language (ESL) courses and incorporates design studio classes and an orientation to life in the U.S. For more information and to apply, visit the ESL + Design certificate page.

ESL + Music Certificate

The ESL+Music Certificate is designed for international students who wish to pursue music study at a conservatory or university in the United States, but need to improve their English language skills or TOEFL score before applying to an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Students study music with members of the Mannes faculty while improving their English language skills in order to qualify for degree programs. For more information and to apply, visit the ESL+Music Certificate page.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The New School offerings in teaching English to speakers of other languages include a certificate program in teaching English (CTE) for undergraduate or noncredit students, and an internationally known Master of Arts program.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The certificate is awarded for completion of this five-course curriculum, which culminates in a teaching practicum. Courses need not be taken in the order listed (except for the practicum). The program could be completed in as little as two semesters.

  • Methods and Techniques of Teaching ESL/EFL
  • English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers
  • Using Authentic Materials to Teach ESL
  • Teaching the Sound System of English
  • ESL Teaching Practicum

If you do not wish to take the courses for undergraduate credit, you can enroll as a noncredit certificate student. Indvididual courses are not offered except to students admitted to the certificate program. For more information and to apply, visit the TESOL certificate page.

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL)

The New School offers a master's program in TESOL with concentrations in teaching and curriculum development. For more information about the graduate program, visit the MATESOL program site. To speak to an admission counselor, call the Office of Admission at 212.229.5630 or email

TESOL Professional Development Courses

The New School offers onsite and online professional development courses for working ESL teachers and others with an interest in the field. Some workshops help participants develop specific classroom-ready skills and techniques, while other courses cultivate deeper practices of reflection and inquiry. Research shows that teachers who engage in ongoing development and participate in professional inquiry with colleagues have a higher degree of satisfaction and success in the work they do. Our professional development courses bring working ESOL professionals together for just such personal development and engagement with peers. Visit and register for courses in TESOL Professional Development.

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