COVID-19 Update: Phase 3 reopening on July 6. Swimming on NYC beaches open on July 1.
Our English classes for children allow students to learn the language in a fun, relaxed setting. Tailor-made programs around themes like "Scientific NY" and "NY in Motion" are the focus of each week's English language teaching. Learning about the science of sports or making corn husk dolls are all fun and engaging ways to learn and practice English.
Our teachers encourage the children to "have a go" at expressing themselves in English as much as possible. This helps them feel at ease in an English-speaking environment. We have seen time and time again that this approach to teaching the English language is effective in building confidence levels and motivation among our young students.
To allow a high level of interaction with the teaching team, the children are placed into small groups, maintaining a 1: 8 teacher/teaching assistant to student ratio for the older children and a 1:4 ratio for the younger ones. The groups are formed based on the children's age and the assessments collected before the start of each course. Individual post-program reports are done for those students who are with us for two weeks or more.
We are focused on keeping the children safe and happy. Using NYC as a classroom means we take the subways and buses. It also means walking from one place to the next. Our teachers and assistants are vigilant when the children are on the move, using the techniques schools use on field trips. We also engage the students in conversation at every opportunity - on the subways and on the buses. "Having a go" in this environment is so easy.
Our Summer 2020 session will open on June 22. We will be offering online courses only during the weeks of June 22-26 and June 29-July 2 (4-day week). During these first two weeks, two days will be excursion days with the online lessons being held at a venue in NYC. From July 6 to August 28, online students will be invited to join our on-the-ground students for 1-1.5 hours per day. The online students will have the option to upgrade to the offline courses anytime during the summer.
Given the cautious reopening plans recently announced by the government, we will start in July with field trips within walking distance from our midtown Manhattan center and go further afield as the situation allows. We will also be limiting the class size to 8 each for the on-the-ground courses and the online courses to keep everyone safe while maintaining the high level of interactions among the students themselves and our teachers.