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Business English & Elective Programs

What are NYEA Elective Programs?

These new courses will give students a chance to focus on developing their skills in specific areas of English. We have spent more than a year testing, researching and building these courses to perfectly fit the needs of our students. Students in our Standard English Program can add these courses in order to get extra practice in a particular area of English. Or a student who wants a more casual, less demanding schedule might choose to take just an elective or two alone. Either way, we are excited to expand our offering with these fantastic new courses.

See below for details on our brand new elective courses.

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Business English Program

What better place to learn Business English than in the heart of the NYC’s Financial District? Whether you already work in the business world and just need some extra practice, or you if have never even heard of a cover letter, the NYEA Business English Program can help you navigate the high paced world of business in the world’s financial capital.

Points for Business English

  • Learn to “talk business” with Business English!
  • Improve your chances of getting the job!
  • Increase your chances of a promotion!

Learning Contents

Weeks Topic Language Focus Writing Focus
1 & 2 Taking Business English

• Making requests, offers, and suggestions; negotiating and delegating tasks

• Small talk

Business letter and email
3 Meetings • Arranging meetings • Fax
4 Getting Ahead • Describing work; discussing job qualifications • Letter of Recommendation
5 Turning a Company Around Describing how to solve a problem • Business Report
6 Describing a Process • Describing a sequence of events; comparing processes • Email Replies to Customers
7 Teams and Management

• Making requests, offers, and suggestions; negotiating and delegating tasks

• Describing changes; past and present performance

• Memo to managers
• Annual report
8 Clients and Customers • Responding to complaints; negotiating solutions • Letter of Apology
9 Goals • Discussion business plans and expectations • Department Goals Report
10 Describing and Comparing Products • Asking and answering questions about product features; comparing products • Memo to Sales Staff
11 Management Challenges: Motivation and Productivity • Describing project and staffing difficulties; discussing and comparing employee benefits
• Giving an opinion; discussing motivation and productivity
• Meeting agendas and summaries
12 Advertising • Discussing advertising strategy; proposing a website design • Responding to a Marketing Survey

Class schedule <10 hours/week>

Morning Class
Mon. thru Thur. 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Conversation and Pronunciation

One of the most popular requests from ESL students is to have more practice with speaking and pronunciation. This brand new course is designed to give English learners an extra boost in their speaking abilities. Sign up to spend two afternoons a week focusing on mastering your speaking skills!

Points for Conversation and Pronunciation course

  • Learn to speak English!
  • Smoother, more natural pronunciation!
  • Be understood!
  • Meet people in English! Make friends!
Weeks Topic Language Focus
1 & 2 Conversation: Your Life • Getting Started, Beyond Hello, Home, Family, Eating and Drinking, Habits, Being Yourself, Staying Healthy, Parenting, Friends, Pets
3 & 4 Pronunciation: Difficult Consonant Sounds • Improving the pronunciation of English’s most problematic consonant sounds
5 & 6 Conversation: Free Time • Travel, California, Reading, Music, Television, Movies, Sports, Gardening, Beach, Celebrations
7 & 8 Pronunciation: Difficult Vowel Sound • Improving the pronunciation of English’s most problematic vowel sounds
9 & 10 Conversation: Modern Times • Opinion, Life’s Changes, Fashion, Beauty, Dating, Money, Eating Out, Gambling, Life Partners, Stress
11 & 12 Conversation: Civic Life Job Interviews, Work Life, School, Studying English, American Culture, Cities, Cars, Crime, Voting, Heroes

Class schedule <4 hours/week>

Afternoon Class
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Slang and Idioms

No matter how long you spend studying formal and academic English, nothing can prepare you for the flood of informal slang and idiomatic English that you will encounter in your new, English-speaking environment. This course will help students navigate the sometimes confusing, secret language of native speakers. Are you down with it??

Points for Slang and Idioms course

  • Learn the secret language of the locals!
  • Speak like a native speaker!
  • Understand popular culture, music and movies better!
  • Shop like a pro!

Learning Contents

Weeks Topic Words/Idioms Writing Focus
1 Work • Blow the whistle, botch up, fall asleep at the wheel, called to the carpet, caught in the act, get a clue, goof off, rude awakening, see eye to eye, wacko
2 Shopping • Beside oneself, birdbrain, to get burned, fishy, I’ve had it, know-it-all, on the fritz, slimy, splitting headache, through the roof Newspaper column
3 Guests • Beat it, crash, go downhill, eat out of house and home, everything but the kitchen sink, in for a shocker, have it made, nervous wreck, plastered, wolf down Fairy tale
4 The Park In the nick of time, black eye, crazy about, “don’t go there”, gross out, “Knock yourself out”, nagging feeling, nerd, pick up, sing a different tune, ticked off, “wake up and smell the coffee”
5 Birthday Party • Artsy-fartsy, bad hair day, big time, blind as a bat, bone to pick, bug someone, cheesy, crash a party, fall head over heels, hard time swallowing something, have it out with someone, like pulling teeth
6 The Subway Out of the blue, crook, goner, hand over, held up, homebody, make a pass at, make fun, not playing with a full deck, scared stiff, sitting duck Completing a story
7 Aches and pains Describing how to solve a problem Business Report
8 Babysitting Take a breather, computer nerd, cut it out, keep one’s cool, knock someone’s socks off, lay down the law, “like father, like son”, lose it, neat freak, scream your lungs out, toss up, up to something, wiz kid
9 & 10 At the Bakery “Beats me”, couch potato, crabby, flip over something, “From where I sit…”, get off someone’s back, junk food, munch out, pick-me-up, run down, torn between, tub of lard, “What’s wrong with this picture?”, wide awake Write an original story
11 & 12 On the Phone “A little bird told me”, to be a brain, dig up something, a fish out of water, have the hots for someone, hit the nail on the head, in the dark, kiss up to someone, on hold, paint yourself into a corner, sink or swim, slave driver, “What’s eating you?”, work like mad

Class schedule <4 hours/week>

Afternoon Class
Monday and Wednesday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuition Fee

Student Interview

I liked the business class very much! That was amazing! Because of the small class size we could express our individual wishes for what we wanted to learn.

Marco Saraiva  - August 2017
Class : Business English

The best way to improve your English skills is to study in an English speaking country! That’s why I decided to find a language school in the U.S. to improve my English. I am a German/Portuguese citizen and I work for an insurance company in Germany. I studied Business Administration.

I took the entire 12-week Business English course. My goal is to work for an international company. I liked the business class very much! The average class size in business was only two students. That was amazing! Because of the small class size we could express our individual wishes for what we wanted to learn. In my course, I created an individual elevator pitch, letter of application/CV, and optimized my LinkedIn profile. The instructor is a native English speaker but also a specialist in business because he worked on Wall Street.

Every day we read the daily newspaper and discussed business related articles. We also analyzed business videos on Bloomberg and CNN. In addition, we took fieldtrips to the Museum of Finance and the Federal Hall located in the Wall Street area.

The school is accredited and very professional. Before the lessons begin, there is a written and oral placement test. Every month there is an exam. Don´t worry about that! If you pay attention in your classes you will pass the exam. At the end of the program you get a professional certificate from the course for your CV! The entire staff is very smart, helpful, and professional.

To socialize with other students I participated in the Friday voluntary school activities. We visited many New York attractions. I had the opportunity to build new friendships and network with people from all over the world.

I will recommend the New York English Academy 200% in Germany and Portugal! Thank you for this experience!

It is incredible how fast it works!

Kadija Camara  - August 2017
Class : Business English

Hello my name is Kadija Camara and I am 20 years old. I came to the NYEA Business course because I needed to improve my English for my bachelor’s degree. It is incredible how fast it works! Being an NYEA student will be one of my best life experiences not only because I learned English but also because of the diversity of the students I met.

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