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FAQs About English as a Second Language in NYC

Explore English Language Programs at ASA College

ASA College is pleased to welcome international and multicultural students to our campuses in New York City and Hialeah, Florida. We support the education of international students by offering a variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, including our Business English Prep Program that empowers individuals to succeed in the workplace. Our school is federally authorized to enroll nonimmigrant foreign students, and with the exception of the community language program, our ESL offerings meet the U.S. Immigration Services visa requirements for students who are studying English on a full-time basis.

What Is the College Program in NYC?

The College Program is designed for learners who would like to improve their English proficiency in anticipation of completing college coursework in other areas, such as business administration or healthcare. Students enrolled in the College Program will complete 12 credit hours of intensive English language instruction. This program is offered via a flexible schedule.

What If I Don’t Have Much Time to Study English?

If you would like to enroll in an English as a Second Language program, but you lack time to complete one of our more intensive programs, you can enroll in the Community Language Program. Your class will meet for four hours on Saturdays, which is an ideal schedule for students who must meet other obligations during the workweek.

The Community Language Program features small class sizes and engaging, friendly instructors who will lead you through practical, intensive lesson plans. Students focus on speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills for real-world situations.

Is There an Intensive English Program Available?

To help our students accelerate their English skills, ASA College offers an Intensive English Program (IEP) that provides up to 25 hours of language instruction per week. Flexible schedules are available, and you can choose to participate in only the classes you need, up to five days per week. Students who take classes on all five days can enjoy significant progress in their language acquisition.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students and their instructors focus on grammar skills. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, teachers provide explicit grammar instruction with the use of communicative methods. The focus is on teaching the use of English in various real-world contexts. To support classroom instruction, this three-day-per-week class participates in regular field trips around the city to practice their language skills.

What’s Involved With the ESL Studies Program?

ASA College’s ESL program provides intensive language immersion designed to empower our students to communicate effectively in various real-world settings, including social settings, the workplace, and academic classrooms. Our ESL program features five levels. Students are placed and they progress through the levels according to their proficiency test results. Students are tested on grammar, oral communication, integrated language skills, reading, and writing.

Can ASA College Improve My Workplace English Skills?

We recommend that students bound for the corporate world complete our Business English Prep Program. This program consists of multiple classes designed to teach students how to successfully communicate in business settings. Students will study real-world conversations, news coverage, and case studies. Business English Prep Program students will acquire business-related vocabulary, improve their pronunciation and speech rhythms, acquire practical conversation skills, and learn how to write effectively for business communications.

Does ASA College Offer Online Programs?

Our Speak English Now program is offered entirely online, giving our students greater flexibility and convenience. This class meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7 PM to 9 PM. Although it’s an online class, we keep the class size small so that each student benefits from working closely with their instructor and classmates. The Speak English Now program uses a communicative approach that enables students to develop practical English skills for use in real-world settings.

Do I Need to Take the TOEFL® Exam?

The TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an exam that assesses your English language proficiency. It is usually a requirement that international students take the TOEFL® if they wish to apply to a university or college in the U.S. However, you do not need to take the TOEFL® if you are applying to ASA College’s English language programs because you will be learning English here. You may need to take the TOEFL® if you apply to a different academic degree program after completing our English as a Second Language programs.

There are a few other reasons why someone might take the TOEFL®. For example, some employers might ask that international job candidates prove their English proficiency. The TOEFL® is a strong indicator of a job candidate’s language skills. Other students take the TOEFL® simply because they want to assess their language skills and identify areas that require improvement.

How Can I Prepare for the TOEFL®?

ASA College offers a TOEFL® Test Preparation Course to help students improve their TOEFL® scores. This test prep program offers 20 hours of instruction each week with affordable tuition and a flexible schedule. You will have unlimited access to our computer lab, so you can study English outside of class hours. A new TOEFL® Test Preparation Course starts every Monday, which means you can apply to the class and get started right away. You will receive a certificate of completion after successfully passing this course.

Contact Us About Our English Language Programs in NYC

ASA College maintains diverse, inclusive campuses in New York City and Hialeah, Florida that are focused on educating the next generation of professionals. We invite international and multicultural students to apply for admission to our English as a Second Language Programs. Contact us today for more information about our program offerings and the admission process.