Brooklyn school of languages

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16 Court St, Brooklyn NY 11241 New York United States

Brooklyn School of Languages is a local, independent English language school in New York with excellent customer service and a warm welcome. Their English classes in New York focus on their students and meeting their diverse language learning needs in their comfortable and fully equipped school in New York’s most populous borough.

Their English classes are small (12 max for General English and 8 max for Business English) to ensure students receive the best possible language learning experience from their ensemble of highly-qualified, professional teachers. The school offers modern classrooms, a communal kitchen area, free Wi-Fi, and stunning views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn.

The BSL school in NYC is situated in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, just a 5-minute walk from the famous Brooklyn Promenade, which looks out over Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. So if you are looking for an English language school in New York City, BSL is perfectly located. There are a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars all within a few minutes’ walk of the school, and the nearest subway stop–serving the 2, 3, 4, 5 and R lines–is directly outside the school entrance.

Being in Brooklyn, we are able to offer affordable housing close to the school. Their housing options include carefully selected host families based on their levels of pastoral care shown to their students, as well as a year-round shared student house for your language trip in New York.

Why choose Brooklyn School of Languages school?

  • Near the Brooklyn Bridge, a Manhattan subway station
  • 5 subway lines near the school
  • A small English language school in New York with a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere
  • Standard English, Semi-Intensive English, Intensive English, Professional English and English One-to-One
  • Carefully selected host families, student-shared homes and a small residence, all located in Brooklyn for easy access to school
  • Learn at BSL New York and be part of a real New York community!

School Facilities


  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Reception Desk

Media and technology

  • Computer with internet available
  • Free Wifi


  • Student lounge

Food and Drink

  • Vending machine
  • Snack

Language courses

Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels.

Standard General Course

English 16 - 99 years old

Our most popular course is our Standard English program which focuses on learning through real-life communication (speaking,
listening, reading, writing). 
This is a general English language course taught in small classes of 12 students maximum, which allows our expert teachers to provide individual feedback and advice on how to improve and further develop language skills. 

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Intensive English Course

English 16 - 99 years old

This Intensive program is for students wanting a full-time course. 

The first 20 lessons follow the same curriculum as the Standard Course, and the 10 extra afternoon lessons are divided up into eight-week sections focusing on a specific subject. These are academic skills-based and content-based electives, allowing our intensive students to progress at a quicker rate while improving their academic English skills. 

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Business Course

English 16 - 99 years old

Our Business course is designed for upper-intermediate to advanced learners of English: college students, recent graduates, working professionals... Through small classes of 8 students maximum, this course offers an intensive learning environment that focuses on effective business communication and management skills. 

Experienced Business English trainers provide real-life scenarios and authentic learning materials to practice international business vocabulary and structures in a cooperative and interactive way.

Key Facts
  • First day placement test to ensure a class at your level
  • Levels offered [Upper-Intermediate-Advanced-Proficiency]
  • Weekly quiz & 2 week progress report
  • Multi-national English classes for adults in New York
  • First course book & materials and included in fees
  • FREE first day walking tour of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo & the Brooklyn Bridge

Class Times
Placement test Monday 8.15 – 9.45am
Monday 10am – 1:15pm
Tuesday to Friday 9am – 12.15pm
+ Tuesday & Thursday 1-2pm

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Usually the check-in is one or two days before the start of the course, and check out on the day of graduation. You can change the dates in the form.

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Small residence in Brooklyn (same building as the school)

School residence 16 - 99 years old

16 court street, Downtown Brooklyn NY 11241 New York USA

Located on the east side of Bushwick, Brooklyn, this shared space is in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Bushwick. The location is near coffee shops, pizza/taco joints and bars. 

It is a five-minute walk to the Wilson Ave stop where you can take the L train to Broadway Junction and transfer to the express A train to Jay Street Metrotech – in total 40 minutes to school by subway. 

The newly renovated house features 4 floors of exclusively designed spaces with central air conditioning, hardwood floors, washing/ drying machine, and 24/7 security in all common areas. There are 14 bedrooms, 3 fully-equipped kitchens, 5 bathrooms, a basement living room/coworking space, and a spacious backyard. All of the common areas are massive in comparison to your average New York City apartment. 

Bed linens and towels are provided. Wi-Fi is available for free. The house is cleaned professionally twice a week.

You can find the following facilities close by:
  • Grocery store: 1 minute walk
  • Pharmacy: 1 minute walk
  • Restaurants: a variety (Chinese, pizza, tacos, deli, fast-food…) within 5 minutes’ walk
  • Bars/coffee shops: within 5 minutes’ walk

Transportation links:
  • Closest subway stop: Wilson Avenue, 5 minute’s walk (L train, grey line)
  • Closest bus stop: Schaefer St/Knickerbocker Av, in front of the house (B20)

Accommodation arrival and departure day:
Arrival day is on the Sunday before your course starts, and departure day is on the Saturday after your course ends. 
Check-in is from 10:00AM – 10:00PM and Check-out is at 12:00PM (Noon).

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Family Host in New York

Homestay 16 - 99 years old

At Brooklyn School of Languages school, they recruit and visit all their host families themselves, they do not use a third party placement agency. They choose their host families in Brooklyn carefully so they know them well (their house, their neighborhood, the family members…), which allows them to make quality placements according to their students’ profiles and needs. They want your stay in New York to be a memorable experience, so they have spent time selecting the right host families in Brooklyn, based on their levels of pastoral care.

Their host families in Brooklyn can be a couple with children, a retired couple, a single parent, or even a single person. Ethnic diversity is an important aspect of New York’s cultural identity, so some hosts may be of Asian, African, Hispanic or Middle Eastern descent, but English is always spoken in the home. Regardless of their background and circumstances, all their host families are committed to making every student’s stay as comfortable as possible.

Their host families in Brooklyn are located on average 30 minutes by subway from school. Below are examples of neighborhoods where some of their hosts are located.

Most of their families are based in Brooklyn and the average commute time to the school on public transportation is 30
minutes (may be longer for some homestays, especially in high season).

Students can choose to stay in a single or a twin room, with breakfast only or breakfast and dinner included. Towels and
bed linens are provided. Washing machines are rarely available in US homes but laundromats are always found nearby
(usually $4/wash and $2/dry). Homestays with private bathrooms are also available on request and at an extra cost.

Arrival and departure
Arrival day is on the Sunday before your course starts, and departure day is on the Saturday after your course ends. If
you wish to add one extra night on arrival or departure, we will try and arrange this with your hosts (at an extra cost).

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Options / Services

You can add these options during the booking process.

Cancellation Policies

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