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English in New York (30+) - EC

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Why study English at EC New York 30+?

  • Exclusively for adults aged 30+
  • From 2 week sessions
  • Study on Broadway at the heart of Manhattan
  • Superb school in the famous Paramount building
  • General English, English for work, English in the City
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Homestay or residence accommodation
  • VIP service


New York

Welcome to the city that never sleeps. With a population of 8.5 million, over 160 nationalities and almost 800 languages, New York will never fail to surprise and amaze you. America's cultural and financial capital, Manhattan, holds over 20,00 restaurants of hundreds of different cuisines, and has everything you could ever desire in terms of entertainment. From Broadway shows and baseball games to ethnic markets and vintage boutqiues, New York is a cultural melting pot. With its superb public transport system, getting from one side of Manhattan to another is a simple train ride away.

Let New York's vibrant energy sweep you off your feet. Don't miss New York's renowned sights such as the Empire State Building, Central Park and Times Square. Check out the city's iconic neighbourhoods of Harlem, Chinatown, Greenwich Village to get a feel for daily New York city life. Some of the world's most well-known museums such as the MoMa, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Natural History lie in the heart of New York, giving the city an unparalleled cultural heritage.

And of course, no trip to the Big Apple would be complete without a boat cruise to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island.

EC English Language Centres

EC New York school is located in the beautiful Paramount Building, home of movie making in the city that never sleeps. Only 2 steps away from Times square and the 5th Avenue, the recently renovated building provides state-of-the-art facilities. Subway stations are very close to the school and Grand Station is only 5 minutes away.

EC is accredited by ACCET and English USA.

School facilities include:

  • 8 bright, spacious classrooms
  • Access to 2 internet connected computers
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Self study material available
  • Cafe

VIP service - The Orange Carpet Experience

EC welcomes you with their orange carpet

  • Before your arrival: access to the online platform of EC to prepare for your stay
  • A warm welcome upon your arrival at the airport of station
  • A warm welcome in the residence or in your host family
  • A welcome activity on Sunday to meet the other students
  • On the first day of course: a VIP reception at the school
  • A presentation of all members of the EC team

Now you're ready to learn!

Activities and events during your stay

As an EC student, you will enjoy a calendar of various social and leisurely activities in the afternoons/evenings every week. These activities are optional and some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change and vary depending on the time of year. Activity planning can be viewed on the online EC platform.

Some of the many activities may include:

  • Museum outings
  • Ferry to Staten Island, Roosevelt Island
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Yoga classes in Bryant Park
  • Yankees Baseball match
  • 1 to 3-day excursions to Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto/Niagara Falls


English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: Average 12 students (maximum 15)
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Open access to the online EC platform up to 12 weeks after your stay
  • Regular progress tests (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks)
  • CELTA-qualified native English teachers

Courses on offer

  • General English: 20 lessons per week

    4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as EC trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    Language level: all levels

  • Intensive English: 30 lessons per week

    The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes the above General English classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week across a wide selection of electives (see the choices below).:

    • Write Now
    • Media Studies
    • The Language of Music
    • Film Studies
    • Global Citizenship
    • Comparative Culture & Communication
    • Basic English Writing
    • Academic Techniques in Practice (writing assignments, taking notes and preparing presentations)
    • Get Talking
    • And many more!

    Language level: all levels

  • English in the City: 30 lessons per week

    This Special Focus Programme combines 20 lessons of General English with 10 lessons focused on language study inspired by your destination, for a complete intensive experience that is tailored to you and your personal reasons for learning. Students enrolled in this course visit a number of fascinating locations, from stunning museums and inspiring galleries to successful local businesses and charming neighbourhoods all over the city.

    Themed lessons include:

    • Business English - Tours of Local Businesses
    • Describing Art & Culture - Museum Tours
    • Talk like a Local - Neighbourhood Visits
    • The Language of Sports - Stadium Visits

    Language level: all levels

  • English for Work: 30 lessons per week

    EC's English for Work course will allow you to improve your English fluency and empower you with the language, knowledge and skills to confidently deal with a variety of business issues. Every week you will take 30 lessons: 20 lessons of General English and 10 lessons of Business English.

    Business Skills:

    • Expressing personal opinions
    • Making suggestions
    • Presenting case studies
    • Problem solving

    Business Focus - 10 tailored lessons :

    • Negotiating contracts
    • Management and HR
    • Branding and promotional strategies
    • Project management
    • Business ethics and CSR

    Specific business techniques such as business English on the phone and interview skills are also covered.

    Language level: Lower Intermediate to Advanced

EC Teaching Methods

EC follows a 'Communicative Method' syllabus, which works to develop all four English language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

To give an engaging and relevant framework to learning these skills, each lesson will focus on a specific topic, which will vary from current affairs to everyday issues. Your professional and friendly teachers will select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class, allowing you to develop your confidence both in speaking and listening throughout your stay, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

The teaching materials EC uses are specially designed by the school and realia such as newspapers, videos and other materials is also used.

As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions - the best way to improve your fluency - you will work on your language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects. EC's teachers work to create a welcoming environment with mutual support among students - so you'll feel at home while your English improves!



Single room with breakfast included outside of Manhattan.

Shared rooms are available for students travelling together.

Travel time to EC: Within Manhattan, travel time to EC is 20-45 minutes by public transport. Outside Manhattan, travel time is 45-60 minutes by public transport.

Practical information:

  • Linens/towels provided

  • Laundry: Not all households in New York own a washing machine. Some of our host families may do their laundry at a nearby laundromat. Usually, host families with a washing machine at home will let you use it for your laundry.

Optional Extras:

  • Half board
  • Homestay in Manhattan

Residence Accommodation

New Yorker Residence

The New Yorker Residence is located on floors 15-18 of the New Yorker Hotel, near Herald Square, just a short walk away from Times Square, Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building.


  • Shared or single room
  • 1 bathroom in each room
  • No meals included
  • Travel time to EC: 8 minutes on foot
  • Located just off Herald Square, near Times Square
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival (see Dates & Prices tab), to be refunded at the end of your stay provided no damages are incurred

Facilities and services

  • Linens provided on arrival (students should bring their own towels)
  • Free WiFi access
  • Shared kitchen
  • Common room
  • Fitness centre
  • ATM
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • Coin laundry facilities on-site
  • Air conditioning
  • Weekly cleaning service; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning their rooms

Prices & Dates 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates

Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 01/01, 15/01, 19/02, 28/05, 04/07, 03/09, 08/10, 12/11, 22/11, 23/11, 25/12

English for Work start dates: every Monday for a duration of up to 23 weeks

Prices 2019

Booking prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

Lessons & accommodation in a host family, outside Manhattan, single room, breakfast included
Duration20 lessons30 lessons/all other options
2 weeks$1,780$1,990
3 weeks$2,545$2,860
4 weeks$3,310$3,730
6 weeks$4,840$5,470
8 weeks$6,370$7,210
12 weeks$8,890$10,150
16 weeks$11,770$13,450
18 weeks$13,210$15,100
20 weeks$14,650$16,750
24 weeks$17,290$18,610
32 weeks$22,970$24,730
36 weeks$25,810$27,790
Extra week-$770
Accommodation extras - per week
Host family, single room, half board (outside Manhattan)$85
Family, single room, breakfast included (Manhattan)$190
Residence N Yorker, shared room, no meals included$175
Residence N Yorker, single room, no meals included$280
Peak-season extras (17/6-13/9)
Course (from 1 to 12 week(s) only)$20
Outside Manhattan host family, breakfast included$35
Outside Manhattan host family, half board$40
Manhattan host family, breakfast included$40
Residence N Yorker, shared room, no meals included$35
Residence N Yorker, single room, no meals included$35
Transfer - Per trip
From JFK/La Guardia/Newark airport$180

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Your chosen accommodation
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Activities and language workshops
  • Welcome activity
  • Access to the EC e-learning platform up to 12 weeks after the course
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to New York
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional extras
  • Midday and evening meals (if homestay), all meals (if residence)
  • Transportation in and around New York
  • Optional activities
  • Deposit on arrival, where applicable (150 USD)
  • Exam fees, where applicable (Cambridge, TOEFL, etc)
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Please note: a medical and assistance insurance is mandatory to enter the USA.

Practical Information


Arrivals: Saturday

Departures: Saturday

If staying at New Yorker residence: Check-in: 3:00 pm (Saturday); Check-out: 9:45 am (Saturday)

  • Arrival airports:

  • New York International JFK, Newark, La Guardia

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

EU citizens do not require a visa for stays in the United States under 90 days. However, EU nationals do require an ESTA Travel Authorization.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.

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