School of Language Learning & Teaching | The New School

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  • The School of Languages trains students interested in teaching English as a second language. Our well-respected TESOL degree program and certificate program give our students the means to design and execute a curriculum. The School of Languages also provides foreign language instruction, including English as a foreign language (ESL), for all colleges of The New School. If you're looking to improve your English or study another language, consider our certificate-granting ESL and language programs. We even offer ESL courses specialized for particular fields of study, including music, design, and food.

    Department of English Language Studies

    Lesley Painter-Farrell, Director, MA TESOL
    Caitlin Morgan, Director of English Language Studies

    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL): The New School's unique master's program has two concentrations, Teaching and Curriculum Development. The faculty includes some of the world's leading TESOL experts.
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (certificate): A continuing education certificate for prospective or working teachers and community workers who are not ready for the MA TESOL program or whose goals don't require a master's degree. The certificate could also be taken as part of a bachelor's program in liberal arts.
    • English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL): An open-enrollment English language curriculum for people with some prior knowledge. Courses are open to students at the university who are required to improve their English and to the public. Those who complete 100 hours of instruction can obtain a certificate.
    • ESL + Design (certificate): A certificate program for international students interested in attending an art and design college in the United States who need to improve their English. This program culminates in a design studio course.
    • ESL + Music (certificate): The ESL + Music Program is designed to help students develop their English language skills before beginning a degree or diploma program at Mannes School of Music.
    • ESL + Food (certificate): This certificate program provides a high-quality English language education for students who want to attend culinary school at the International Culinary Center, obtain a degree in Food Studies at The New School, or choose another career path within the food industry.
    • ESL Outreach Program: The New School partners with community organizations in New York City to offer free English classes for immigrants and refugees, which provides a practicum for our master's and certificate ESL teaching programs.

    Department of Foreign Languages

    Raul Rubio, Chair, Department of Foreign Languages

    University Undergraduate Curriculum: Courses from beginning to advanced levels in a dozen languages for matriculated undergraduates of all colleges at The New School, including academic and cultural courses supporting minors in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Hispanic Studies for undergraduates whose programs allow a minor.

    Open-enrollment continuing education courses in many languages at various levels are offered to the general public and university students on a noncredit or general credit basis. This includes On the Go weekend immersion classes, for people who wish to learn some basics or brush up on a language in a short time, and reading courses for graduate students.

    Learn more about the various course, certificate, and degree options available at the School of Languages at The New School. From teaching English as a second language to preparing others to teach it, we're here to help enhance communication with the world.

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