All courses in the ESL + Design Certificate are offered every semester.
ESL courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer terms. The full-time curriculum involves 18 hours in class per week for 12 weeks in the fall and spring and 10 weeks in the summer.
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.
In this course, offered through Parsons The New School of Design, students who are studying in the ESL + Design Certificate Program will develop their language skills through studio art and design practice. Exercises and projects are based on themes in the city where students will work collaboratively and do active field research in the urban environment. Multiple art and design disciplines will be explored and students will complete both independent and group projects. Students gain experience speaking in studio discussions, collaborating in groups, writing about projects and gaining art and design terminology vital for studio practice. This class can replace the regular Listening and Speaking class at Level 5 or 6.
English Language Studies Center
66 West 12th Street, 6th Floor (Map)
New York, NY 10011
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Certificate)
ESL + University Preparation (Certificate)
ESL + Design (Certificate)
ESL + Food (Certificate)
ESL + Music (Certificate)