It is very important that you make every effort to learn and practice English. Doing so will make living in the USA a less stressful experience and will make it easier to meet and befriend local people. A higher standard of English will also mean that you can have greater range of employment and training possibilities open to you.
However, an estimated 29.28% (or 5,295,016 people) in New York speak another language than English as a mother tongue. This is much higher than other locations in the USA.
Major Languages in NYC:
The study of a language is often as much an advantage as a major need for any student or international traveller. If you have decided to come to study a language in its mother country, or you wish to improve your English, NYC offers several possibilities described below.
Some foreigners in NYC may need courses authorised by the USCIS (American service for Immigration) to submit the I-20 form necessary to obtain the F1 visa for students if required. Ask your school if they supply this.
The majority of EFL and ESL schools in New York are privately run and provide students with a full package of tuition. Sometimes, they also include homestay accommodation and extra-curricular activities.
Courses can be held during the day or at night, and may be casual or intensive. The majority of schools offer preparation for major English language examinations, such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge and Trinity College (London) which will allow you to prove your competence at the end of the course.
If you already speak English fairly well, ESL courses are also offered in higher education institutions from community colleges to universities, which are usually much less expensive and will give very similar training.
For private schools and academies, continue to the next section “Private Lessons and schools”.
Private language schools in New York offer courses, which range from basic tuition to courses leading to an internationally- recognised qualification.
Ny.com/academia/centers publishes a yearly complete “Foreign Language Centres and Schools in New York City” list. There, you can find all the best language schools in NYC that also offer individual/1-to-1 language lessons.
An exchange partner is an excellent resource for practicing a new language with a native speaker. As an added bonus, language exchange partners can help you understand the culture of the area and inform you of local happenings. In the best-case sceneries, an exchange partner is not only your ambassador, but a friend.
Many cafés and organizations also offer conversation exchanges in New York, where you may be able to learn English in exchange for conversing with someone in your own language.
The following ones are some of the webpages where to find a “language exchange partner” or keep updated out about language exchange events in NYC:
You can also find a tandem partner through EasyExpat's forums.
In addition to attending English language classes, there are a number of things you can do yourself to help improve your English: