English Outdoors: Learn. Explore. Discover.

Adult English courses

English classes for adults in New York

Our 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. Our morning English classes in NYC take place in indoor and outdoor locations all over New York, allowing students to learn English and make the most of the city.

The city becomes the classroom! Students learn in places such as Bryant Park, Dumbo, Industry City, Essex Market, Central Park and more. Locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, proximity of public restrooms, etc. Our class sizes have an average of 5-6 students, so teachers can give students their undivided attention. 

This interactive classroom experience also includes regular educational and cultural field trips throughout the city to places such as Central Park & Governors Island, and to museums such as The Whitney Museum & the Museum of the City of New York. In addition to completing book assignments, regular homework, and participating in pair work and discussion, just like in a regular classroom setting, students get the added bonus of a hands-on approach to learning about NYC.

By choosing English Outdoors, students can also make a positive impact on the environment, taking advantage of natural sunlight and airflow rather than being inside and using artificial light and AC! This makes our English language program in NYC the most sustainable, eco-wise choice for students.


  • English classes for adults in New York 
  • 8 students maximum per class. Average 5 students.
  • Course materials included
  • Lesson duration: 3 hours each day with a 15-min break
  • Download our BSL classrooms location guides and find out where you’ll be learning!


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EO MORNING ENGLISH CLASS

(15 hours per week)

The EO Morning Class is a general English language course taught in small classes which allows our expert teachers to provide individual feedback and advice on how to improve and further develop language skills.

The classes take place in the morning at indoor & outdoor locations throughout New York, 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.

Students meet every morning on location for their classes indoors or outdoors.

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
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Class Times

  • Monday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Thursday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Friday: 10am-1.15pm

Start dates

Any Monday


Minimum Level

Pre-Int




EO COMBINED ENGLISH CLASS

(17.25 hours per week)

If you are interested in joining a morning group English class and would like some 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 Morning Class; in addition to individual classes focusing on the student’s areas of weakness and areas of interest.

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.

Students meet every morning on location for their classes indoors or outdoors.

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-course book & materials and included in fees
EO Combined English Class PDF BOOK NOW

Class Times

  • Monday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Thursday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Friday: 10am-1.15pm
  • Individual lessons in the afternoons, usually in two classes of 1hr and 1hr15

Start dates

Any Monday


Minimum Level

Pre-Int




INDIVIDUAL 1:1 CLASSES

We offer Individual English language classes in New York City for personal and/or professional objectives. As each student has their own requirements and goals, we 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 classes 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, our individual classes 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

  • 6 levels offered [beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced]
  • Weekly quiz & 2-week progress report
  • First course book & materials and are included in fees
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Class Times

Flexible, subject to teacher availability


Start dates

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


Minimum Level

Beginner




FAQs

Q: What is the English Outdoors concept?
A: Our new 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: our 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.

Q: What are the benefits of an outdoor class?
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!

Q: Where do the English classes take place?
A:The city becomes the classroom! EO’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…

Q: Will it be comfortable for the students? Will there be restrooms?
A: Yes and yes! Locations have been carefully chosen based on comfort, space, ease of access, points of interest close by, proximity of public restrooms, etc. They take place in small classes of 8 students maximum (average 5/6). Students seat around a table, in semi-circular seating, or in a row. 

Q: How are teachers able to teach without a traditional classroom and a blackboard?
A: Teachers continue to carry out our current EO 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.

Q: Are all your teachers qualified, native speakers?
A: Every EO 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, our 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.

Q: Is there homework?
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!

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

Q: What about the COVID sanitary measures?
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. We recommend that students bring a mask for public transport and a small bottle of hydroalcoholic gel to sanitize their hands as often as needed.

Q: How far will the accommodation be?
A: Our homestays are located in Brooklyn, on average 30 minutes by subway to Brooklyn Heights and 35-40 minutes by subway to Lower Manhattan. We alternate between locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan for our 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!

Q: What happens after class? Are there school activities organized?
A: There is plenty to do and see in New York so you will never get bored! We organize 2 to 3 social activities per week which you are welcome to join (walking tours, happy hours, lunches, museums…) and we also give you plenty of suggestions of things to do in your free time (famous sights, hidden gems, festivals, markets…)

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

Q: What if I am no longer able to travel to NY due to my government’s (or the USA’s) COVID policies? Can I get my money back?
A: Yes. You can book with peace of mind knowing that we 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. You can check our full Terms & Conditions for more details.

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