English Courses in New York City

Since 1975, ALCC American Language has helped students from around the world develop English language skills in an engaging and fun learning environment catered to all skill levels. As one of the leading adult English language programs in New York City, you’ll meet and learn with a diverse group of students, growing your confidence and skills to help you succeed. Whether you are preparing for the TOEFL, want to feel more comfortable in social settings, or need to improve your written and oral communications for business, ALCC American Language can help you meet your goals. Check out our available English courses below, and keep in mind that you can begin taking classes anytime!

Practical English as a Second Language (ESL)

We offer eight levels of ESL courses to help you develop your skills at your own pace. Our professional on-site interviewers will meet with you to evaluate your current skill level and place you in the ideal course. No matter your native language, our proven methodology incorporates practical conversation skills that will make daily activities and communication easier. Connecting current events and real-life applications, you will learn English grammar, reading, writings, and pronunciation.

Take this course if you:

  • Thrive in a collaborative, conversational environment
  • Want to expand your vocabulary and learn how to use common idioms
  • Wish to better express your opinions and thoughts verbally

TOEFL iBT Preparation

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an internet-based test (iBT) that measures students’ abilities to understand and use English according to university standards. It is a requirement in order to apply and be admitted to universities and colleges in the United States and Canada. In this intensive preparation course, you will cover the four primary skills required to pass the TOEFL iBT: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You’ll complete weekly practice tests and essay assignments in a digital format. In order to be admitted to this program, you must first pass written and oral placement tests.

Take this course if you:

  • Are looking to apply for a college or university in the United States
  • Are seeking advanced level English skills
  • Can use computer-based learning and testing formats

Elective Courses

If you are looking to improve a specific area of your English language skills, then our selection of more focused courses may be the right fit for you. All courses at ALCC American Language are taught entirely in English, so you will be immersed in your new language and challenged to start listening, thinking, and responding in English.


In this course, you’ll learn the necessary skills and techniques to write and communicate in English. Focusing on grammar and vocabulary, you’ll complete practical activities like filling out forms, writing letters, and developing cohesive essays to help you feel more comfortable writing English in your daily life. You will complete a written test before classes start to place you with students at a similar level and help you to become a more fluent English writer.

Take this course if you:

  • Are looking to improve your ability to write professional sentences and paragraphs
  • Feel comfortable speaking and listening in English
  • Want to apply your conversational English to improve written correspondences


Does speaking in English make you anxious or self-conscious? Our conversation course can help you feel more confident and relaxed when holding conversations in English. You will build your vocabulary and learn practical conversation and pronunciation to help you speak more fluently in your daily life. Utilizing “live language” activities will make the learning process fun and exciting, while our on-site interviewers will evaluate your progress and give you helpful feedback throughout the course.

Take this course if you:

  • Feel uncomfortable holding conversations with native speakers
  • Want to become fluent in your daily life
  • Are enrolled in the Practical ESL course

American Literature

If you are interested in American culture and history, this course will apply these concepts through classic and modern pieces of literature by influential American writers. This course is recommended for those preparing for college or university studies, as it will follow a similar format and serve as a foundation for introductory literature courses at the university level. Many of our students enrolled in TOEFL preparation also complete this course.

Take this course if you:

  • Are an advanced English language learner preparing for university
  • Feel comfortable writing and reading in English
  • Want to build your understanding of American social and cultural concepts

Business English

This full-immersion program will focus on specific vocabulary and communication skills that professionals use in real-world office settings. This program has two levels: Intermediate students will learn to communicate more effectively and write business documents; Advanced students will learn how to conduct international meetings using higher-order vocabulary and communication skills. Topics covered include customer service, team building and interpersonal skills, presentations and business meetings, and more.

Take this course if you:

  • Want to learn how to interact and communicate in an office setting
  • Need to develop your professional vocabulary and formal writing skills
  • Wish to improve your soft skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership

Pronunciation and Accent Reduction

In this course, you’ll learn key speaking skills such as linking, pausing, stress, and intonation to more fluently express your English language. Linking and pausing will help you connect words more naturally, while intonation and stress will help you use the tone of your voice to better convey your thoughts like a native speaker. Activities like role-playing scenarios, reading aloud, and preparing presentations will help you practice new skills and gain real-time feedback from classmates.

Take this course if you:

  • Want to make your English speaking skills more natural and fluid
  • Have difficulty communicating verbally with native speakers
  • Wish to enhance speaking skills in real-world and professional scenarios

Hear From Our Students

“I have been in this school for two years. When I came to NYC I didn’t know a word in English and this school gave me opportunity to learn enough English and go to college.”

– Elizabeth