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Our courses are uniquely designed to meet the ongoing demands today's English language learners. NYGC offers a wide range of courses to help students meet their individual professional, academic, and personal goals.*

 
ESL COURSES
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ESL Intro
Did you know that English is the third most spoken language on the planet?  How would you like to be able to speak to that many people?  This course is designed to give you the ABC’s of English.  It is for someone who has never taken English and will teach the basics to the beginners.

  • Learn the alphabet, basic vocabulary, and sentences
  • Will build the skills needed to learn English in more advanced courses
  • Easygoing learning environment

ESL Level 1
The course will help students improve English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday adult situations and essential family, social, and professional purposes.

  • Develop vocabulary relevant to everyday adult family, social, and professional life
  • Introduce past and future tenses of verbs and maintain present tense verb usage
  • Enhance students’ ability to comprehend and interpret short reading passages
  • Develop students’ ability to communicate effectively
  • Enable students to engage in conversations using basic English language structures

ESL Level 2
The key focus of this course is to have students begin to communicate fluently.  Phrases and statements that will help them navigate life in the United States and New York City.  Students will become more familiar with the culture of the city and life in America. 

  • Basic grammar and writing reinforced and built upon
  • Focused teacher interaction and coaching
  • Practicing speech skills in a supportive environment.

ESL Level 3
Refine your reading, writing, listening and conversational skills for the purpose of participating in everyday adult situations.  This course will integrate language skills with an emphasis on improving English proficiency and understanding of American culture.

  • Continues building skills first learned in ESL II
  • Oral communication practice and skill development
  • Make direct and indirect requests
  • Describe important life events and their consequences

ESL Level 4
Students will use high-intermediate to advanced English language skills to engage in speaking, listening, writing, and reading tasks applicable to professional, personal, and academic life.

  • Hold classroom discussions
  • Create dialogs
  • Complete written compositions
  • Listen to conversations and lectures regarding current events, cultural values, personal views, and other aspects of contemporary life

ESL Level 5
This course supports speaking, listening, and reading skills that amount to a highly nuanced, near-fluent command of the English language for the purpose of participating in everyday adult situations, as well as academic and professional contexts.

  • Current events and relevant topics help achieve learning goals
  • Strengthen grammar and vocal skills through practice
  • Build on your own past life experiences to improve your future ones
ELECTIVE COURSES
 

ACCENT REDUCTION
Ever had to repeat yourself when giving directions to a cab?  Or repeat your name when ordering a coffee at a Starbucks?  This class will help you sound more American by teaching you how to properly pronounce American English.

  • Pronunciation drills
  • Vocal training
  • Practice situations and phrases
  • Interesting speaking games and activities

ENGLISH GRAMMAR IN USE
Master English grammar and syntax in this accelerated course designed to help you successfully negotiate professional and socio-cultural interactions in an English language environment.  Build a strong foundation for your speaking skills and learn to speak with proper English grammar.  This course aims to equip students with grammatical tools to communicate wishes, ideas, opinions, and feelings with precision and accuracy.

  • Group activities for developing confidence
  • Interactive classroom worksheets
  • Focused teacher interaction and coaching
  • Improved confidence in personal communication

SOCIALIZING IN ENGLISH
You know the formal grammar, you know the sentence structure, and you know the writing.  Now learn conversational English and build your skills for casual conversations with Americans and ESL speakers alike.

  • Easygoing and comfortable learning environment
  • Community style discussions about relevant current events
  • Story telling
  • How to be polite with people

ADVANCED SOCIALIZING IN ENGLISH
Continue building on the skills learned in socializing.  This course will allow you to really flex your conversational muscle and have deeper and more meaningful conversations with Americans and ESL speakers alike.

  • Comfortable and easygoing learning environment
  • Community style advanced discussions about relevant current events
  • Get more personal with conversations and express yourself properly

INTRODUCTION TO WRITING
Writing is an important part of learning English as a second language.  This class is a perfect introduction to the basics.  Beginner writing skills such as brainstorming, main ideas, and paragraph construction are learned.  These skills will be the building blocks to your future in learning and using the English language.

  • Practice basic writing skills
  • Build the foundation of future English writing skills

CONNECTING IN ENGLISH
"Excuse me, I am new here. Where is the A train?" Build confidence in this beginning conversation course in an easygoing comfortable learning environment.

  • Develop basic conversation confidence
  • Gain survival English skills
  • Learn new social cues and American customs

AMERICAN CULTURE
What makes a person an American?  Who founded the country and shaped its people’s attitudes and culture?  What are the similarities and differences between American culture and your own?  If you’ve asked yourself these questions and others, American Culture is right for you.  This course takes you through the history of the United States of America and gives you an accurate look at not only what American Culture is, but why.

  • Comprehensive University level study and note taking skills developed
  • Advanced audio and visually enhanced instruction
  • Lecture style learning environment
  • World events discussed with a focus on different cultural reactions

PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Speaking in front of an audience can seem like a difficult and scary task.  This course aims to develop spoken communication skills needed for post-secondary education, vocational work, and/or American life. Gain the advantage over your audience with proper training and technique.

  • Train to be more comfortable with formal and informal dialog
  • Improvisation and drama communication games
  • Learn from the masters with audio and visual speeches given by the best
  • Write speeches and deliver them to an audience
COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSES
 
 

ADVANCED WRITING SKILLS
Writing a college essay is not easy, and colleges will be very strict with their rules and their grading.  Without knowing the rules to writing a proper college level essay, there is very little chance of graduating.  Advanced writing will teach you the fundamentals of the college essay including an accurate thesis statement, proper essay structure, supporting information, topic focus, and citation rules.

  • Practice writing a variety of college level essays
  • Learn the proper structure and focus of a well organized research paper
  • Word processor skill development

BUSINESS ENGLISH
The business world is an extremely competitive one.  A lot is required from someone who is trying to be successful.  In order to succeed you will need to know the vocabulary, speech, and mentality of a business professional.  If you think you have what it takes, then this class is for you.

  • Develop Business related communication skills
  • Financial and Economic vocabulary
  • Learn marketing solution skills

GRE PREP COURSE (*New class starts on August 1st 2017)
Whether you are planning to go to graduate school or business school, or just exploring your options, you are taking an important step toward your future. This course will help you score high on the GRE General test and that will look great on your college application.

  • Study Verbal, Quantitative, and Integrated Reasoning style questions
  • Prepare with actual sample questions from the test
  • Build your testing confidence
iBT TOEFL PREP COURSE
This course aims to develop fundamental reading, writing, listening, and speaking techniques and strategies to develop TOEFL test-taking confidence and ability, and to achieve the requisite scores to apply to universities. Students will become familiar with the content and structure of all sections of the TOEFL test and key test-taking strategies for each task that appears on the test will be introduced. Students will be given opportunities to apply and strengthen these strategies through practice exercises made to simulate the TOEFL test.

Reading
- To familiarize students with the content and structure of the reading section
- To familiarize students with the question types that appear in the reading section
- To develop students’ ability to read for information
- To develop students’ ability to perceive the organization and structure of a written text
- To build academic vocabulary

Writing
- To familiarize students with the types of writing tasks included in the writing section
- To introduce students to elements of the basic anatomy of an essay with introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions
- To develop students’ ability to make persuasive arguments using a thesis statement and supporting arguments
- To develop students’ ability to present and compare information and ideas from outside sources
- To familiarize students with rhetorical devices commonly used in academic writing

Listening
- To familiarize students with the content and structure of the listening section
- To familiarize students with the question types that appear in the reading section
- To introduce note-taking strategies to aid listening comprehension
- To develop students’ ability to listen for information
- To develop students’ ability to perceive the organization and structure of a lecture
- To develop students’ ability to follow the arc of conversations
- To build academic vocabulary

Speaking
- To familiarize students with the question types that appear in the speaking section
- To develop students’ capacity to verbally articulate their ideas
- To develop students’ capacity to verbally give information
- To introduce techniques for structuring coherent and unified verbal responses
- To introduce techniques for planning an appropriate response to a given task or prompt

*All courses may not be offered all semesters depending on enrollment. For a complete list of courses currently in session, please contact the school directly. (1-212-268-6262)


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