In the Intensive English Program at the New School, students learn more than just a set of grammar rules. At all levels, the emphasis is on how students use grammar in speaking and writing. Grammar classes are lively and active, with reading, discussion, videos, songs, presentations, games, and writing as well as more traditional exercises and quizzes.
Our writing program takes students through the process of writing paragraphs and essays from prewriting to organizing, drafting, and revising. At each level, students learn the sentence structure, vocabulary, and writing techniques that will help them express themselves clearly in academic English.
In these classes, students have practice speaking and listening in a variety of informal and formal settings. They learn idioms and phrasal verbs, practice difficult pronunciation patterns and sounds, and acquire good presentation skills. Listening practice includes movies, Youtube videos, and lectures.
Our reading program aims to increase our students’ reading speed, understanding, confidence and enjoyment through practicing reading skills, building vocabulary, and reading a variety of longer and shorter texts at the appropriate level. Students are expected to be able to talk and write about the texts in detail as well as answer questions about the texts on quizzes.
Students enrolled in the certificate program can sign up for weekly or biweekly private instrumental or vocal lessons with members of the world-renowned Mannes faculty.
In this course, structured like a series of master classes, certificate students perform music with coaching from a Mannes faculty member. They practice speaking English by discussing the pieces they are playing in class.
Students who test at ESL Level 5 study music theory and dictation and receive ear training. They develop their English language skills through speaking, reading, and writing exercises while building a practical vocabulary useful to musicians.
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