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Elective Programs

What are NYEA Elective Programs?

These 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 elective courses.

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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

Student Interview

All of the teachers and staff are nice and helpful. They are always willing to help you with more than just the language.

Yhada Thawikasemchok  - May 2018
Class : Conversation & Pronunciation

If you are looking to improve your English for higher education, I think that NYEA is the place to go. In my Conversation and Pronunciation class, I get lots of help with pronunciation, speaking practice, and also watching interesting videos to help with my listening comprehension. They all help me a lot to speak English better. I now feel more confident in myself. All of the teachers and staff are nice and helpful. They are always willing to help you with more than just the language.

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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

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