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Welcome to the ESL School at NYFA

About the School

Established in 1977, the ESL School at NYFA (originally Century School of Languages) has over three decades of experience offering language instruction to students from around the world. In our Los Angeles and New York City locations, the school is located on the campus of the New York Film Academy. For many students this will give them an opportunity to explore their interest in visual and performing Arts. Please note all locations of the ESL School at NYFA are authorized by Federal Law to accept I-20 students.

We have helped numerous students learn the English language through our accredited ESL programs.


  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York City, NY
  • San Jose, CA

Mission Statement

Accredited by CEA The ESL School at NYFA (ESN) was founded to serve the needs of adults whose first language is not English. ESN provides high-quality language instruction in a friendly setting to help international students improve their English language abilities, focusing on academic purposes, and also taking into consideration students’ career advancement, as well as everyday social and practical purposes.

To this end, we are committed to:
  • Hiring and retaining qualified ESL teaching professionals
  • Setting high standards of achievement for students and instructors
  • Providing intensive and rigorous training in English Grammar and Writing, Reading and Vocabulary, Listening and Speaking to all, particularly to those who aim to master academic English and continue their education in community colleges, regular colleges, and universities
  • Using a wide variety of up-to-date teaching techniques and technology to match the different learning styles of our diverse student population
  • Providing a peaceful and comfortable environment conducive to learning and socializing as well as promoting and encouraging cross-cultural understanding
  • Offering counseling on many student concerns, whether academic or personal
  • Constantly improving our program to meet our students’ needs and to be up to speed with as well as innovate better materials and tools for learning
The ESL School at NYFA is accredited by The Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). CEA»

Approvals and Affiliations

The ESL School at NYFA's goal is to maintain high educational standards and to use effective instructional techniques in helping students to learn English. We are proud to list some of our approvals, affiliation, and authorizations.

• Approved by
  • The ESL School at NYFA has received “approval” from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to operate as an institution in the state of California. “Approval” or “approval to operate” means that the Bureau has determined and certified that an institution meets minimum standards established by the Bureau and according to the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.

  • 2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Ste 400
    Sacramento, CA 95833
    P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA
    Web site address:
    Toll-Free Telephone & Fax:
    (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897 or
    (916) 431-6959 or by fax (916) 263-1987

    Please click here to access the 2013 School Performance Fact Sheet
    Please click here to access the 2014 School Performance Fact Sheet
    Please click here to access the 2014 BPPE Annual Report

  • The ESL School at NYFA - New York City:
    is certified by the New York State Department of Education as an ESL School.

    Information can be found at: Or requested by mail at:
    New York State Education Department
    116 West 32nd Street, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
• Affiliations
  • A Member of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors. NAFSA»
  • A Member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. TESOL»
  • Affiliated with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and administers the TOEFL. ETS»
• Authorization
  • The ESL School at NYFA is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant students.


Please note that all locations of the ESL School at NYFA are authorized under Federal Law to accept I-20 students.

To apply to the ESL School at NYFA, please complete the following steps.

  • Mail the below documents to the location of your choice.
    • Completed the ESL School at NYFA application form.
    • Application fee $100.
    • Proof of high school completion.
    • For International Students: Bank Statement and letter of sponsorship showing financial support (If funds are from a sponsor in the United States, attach INS form I-134).
  • Upon receiving all the documents, your application will be processed and the ESL School at NYFA will issue an acceptance letter and immigration form I-20.

  • Pay SEVIS I-901 fee by visiting (detailed instructions are posted on this site.)

  • Make an appointment for interview at the American Embassy or Consulate in your country. Take all the required documents including your form I-20, financial letters, and your passport to the interview.

  • The Embassy or Consulate will approve or deny your visa application. If approved, students will receive an F-1 Visa to enter the United States and attend The ESL School at NYFA. Students must report to the ESL School at NYFA within 5 days of entering the USA.


The ESL School at NYFA is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant (I-20) students. The I-20 form is the official document necessary to obtain an F-1 student visa. To apply for the Intensive English Program at the ESL School at NYFA, follow the step-by-step instructions above.

Our Locations

Los Angeles, California

Located in the Burbank area of Los Angeles—known as the “Media Capital of the World” and home to such institutions as NBC, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company—English language students are encouraged to take advantage of the city’s many destinations. Students can expect to experience amazing weather, a rich and multi-cultural populous, and innumerable ties to the entertainment industry.

ESL School at NYFA in Los Angeles

New York City, NY

The birthplace and contemporary hub of independent films and an international proving ground for actors, journalists, designers, and visual artists, New York City’s 24/7 energy and culture inspires artists to create and achieve at their maximum potential. Studying at NYFA New York is like living at the crossroads of the world. The City becomes part of students’ projects and their lives as they shoot in the streets of the five boroughs. NYC thrills the senses and challenges the mind. For its size, diversity of people, culture, and landscape, the city remains unparalleled. One can hear dozens of languages, choose from the cuisine of six continents, and rub shoulders with notable filmmakers, designers, actors, or musicians on any given day.

ESL School at NYFA in New York

San Jose, California

San Jose is the capital of Silicon Valley—the gateway to global technology and innovation. San Jose is the safest big city in the United States, a city where English language students can flourish in a comfortable and relaxed environment to hone their English conversation skills.

Palm trees around ESL School at NYFA in San Jose


Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program at the ESL School at NYFA (ESN) offers high-quality ESL education, support, and guidance to help students learn English successfully.

Our ESL students receive full-time attention. Throughout their studies, each student’s current level of ability in English and their proficiency goals are evaluated regularly. Student progress is constantly monitored so that extra help may be given as needed.

Our instructors are highly skilled, experienced, and committed to providing the best English education possible.

Class sizes are kept small, on average 6-12 students. This promotes individual attention and encourages interaction between teacher and student.

ESL students receive 20 hours per week of intensive English instruction, plus optional classes that focus on language skills and/or filmmaking topics. Classes are held Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Class schedules vary at each ESN location. Please contact the location of your choice for the current class schedule.

Program Information
Program Length
12 week program
Hours Per Week
20 hours per week
Six levels, Beginner
through High Advanced
Example of
Daily Calendar
  • Classes are Monday - Friday,
    9:00 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.
  • There are two ten-minute breaks each day.
  • Students meet for a total of 20 hours of intensive English instruction per week.
  • The Language Lab is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
* Schedules are subject to change without notice.

9:00am - 10:30am
Core English | Reading/Vocabulary
10:40am - 12:10pm
Core English | Grammar/Writing
12:20pm - 1:20pm
Culture/Idioms or
1:35pm - 3:00pm
Conversation classes
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Self Study/Lab Time


Level 1: Beginner

Level 1 students have very little practical ability in using English. The initial methods with these students are role play, communicative activities, and using visual prompts to develop pronunciation skills and mastery of basic vocabulary, grammar, and “survival” English. Communicating about basic needs and participating in basic conversations is emphasized. Students practice various grammatical structures and forms to generate sentences related to personal topics and short, loosely organized paragraphs.

Skill Goals:

Students will be able to participate in simple conversation using complete sentences and responding accurately to relevant questions. Students will be able to express needs, opinions, and personal information, as well as distinguish consonant and vowel sound production.

Students will be able to understand simple and clearly spoken narrations, phrases, and commands.

Students will have the ability to understand simple signs and directions and to obtain information from simple written English. Students will develop various reading strategies to improve reading comprehension. Students will also practice sounding out new words and use prefixes and suffixes to assist with vocabulary building. Readings are adapted from authentic sources to ensure effective comprehension.

Students will be able to write connected sentences related to everyday and personal experience as well as to convey information in short letter or email form.

Level 2: Pre-Intermediate

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Level 2 students, often called “false beginners,” have a foundation in basic English. These students have had contact with the English language via grammar textbooks, but they have yet to really activate the grammar and vocabulary they have previously learned. In this level emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and literacy skills, and texts and auditory input become more academic. Writing becomes more organized and grammatical structures are further reinforced. Students are also introduced to American classroom culture and expectations.

Skill Goals:

Students will have the ability to participate in conversation while using more naturalized reduction and linkage of word sounds, intonation, and pronunciation. Students will be able to construct arguments and support opinions. In addition, learners will practice various language functions such as drawing conclusions and using stress for emphasis. Learners will also engage in individual and group presentations.

Students will be able to construct meaning from formal and informal academic audio recordings and discussions. Emphasis is placed on recalling main ideas and small details as well as responding to peer opinions.

Students will be introduced to more academic texts and be prepared to differentiate vocabulary words with multiple dictionary meanings. Students will continue to integrate new reading strategies and note-taking skills, while also constructing individual connectedness with texts. Vocabulary will be developed using synonyms, antonyms, and word parts. Students will also be introduced to idioms and collocations.

Students will have the ability to write structured paragraphs with organizational elements such as title, topic sentence, supporting sentences, and concluding sentence.

Level 3: Intermediate

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Level 3 students move from the basic level of English grammar to increasingly complex grammatical forms. In Level 3, English students will deepen their language skill set as they learn to better articulate their ideas and generate more sophisticated inquiry. They also learn to participate in more extended conversation on both familiar and unfamiliar topics. At this level, students also learn to write academic paragraphs with relevant ideas and specific purposes.

Skill Goals:

Students will develop individual and group oral presentation skills, as well as practice verbal and nonverbal communication. Students will be able to converse at a functional level for interactions inside and outside the classroom.

Students will learn comprehension strategies and active listening skills to participate in conversations. In addition, learners will be able to differentiate linked and reduced sounds while mirroring native-like pronunciation. Auditory input will be academic in nature and will represent both formal and informal contexts.

Students will continue to develop high-frequency vocabulary by using context clues and word parts. Learners will explore word connotation, literal and figurative meaning, idioms, and phrases. Readings at this level come from a range of academic subjects and a variety of sources, such as textbooks, newspapers, and online articles.

Students will learn to write academic paragraphs for various purposes including definition, process, descriptive, opinion, and narrative paragraphs. Students will also be introduced to multi-paragraph essay writing.

Level 4: High-Intermediate

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Level 4 students have a solid foundation of English grammar, but continue to study to construct more complex sentence structures and demonstrate logical shifts between tenses. In Level 4, students will practice speaking about familiar topics with little hesitation. In addition, they gain a better understanding of American classroom culture and expectations. Writing shifts from focused paragraphs to developed academic essays.

Skill Goals:

Students will have the ability to discuss an array of academic topics at length, as well as ask and answer questions. Learners will engage in critical thinking discussions that require well-supported opinions. Learners will begin to self-monitor their speech and the speech of others.

Students will practice note-taking skills while listening to various formal and informal auditory input, such as radio interviews, class lectures, or group meetings. Learners will also practice more native-like speaking devices, including intonation and sound linkage.

Students will further develop their academic vocabulary and practice reading strategies to interpret more complex academic texts. Learners will also practice reading past the text to make inferences and real-life application.

Students will learn to write well-developed essays using various approaches such as descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and compare-contrast. Emphasis will be placed on pre-writing as well as peer editing. Students will practice developing necessary essay elements such as the hook, topic sentences, thesis statement, body paragraphs, and concluding paragraph.

Level 5: Advanced

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Level 5 students have moved past the textbook-oriented skills to experiential learning. Learners have experience with the language, but sometimes still make simple and easy-to-correct errors. In Level 5, students learn more fluent skills. These include understanding essential points of discussions or speeches in special fields of interest, communicating about a variety of topics while using appropriate syntax, and reading more authentic material they encounter in everyday life. Writing also becomes more sophisticated and focused. Students will be able to accurately report feelings and opinions.

Skill Goals:

Students will participate in debates and discussions to practice their speaking skills. Students will develop quicker response reflexes and practice various language functions, such as interrupting the speaker, holding the floor, and speaker-audience interaction.

Students will participate in debates and discussions to practice their active listening skills, spontaneously constructing support for personal opinions. Topics will be varied and relevant to the lives of students.

Students will read a diverse sample of academic texts and excerpts that have relevance in today’s society. Students will continue to do close readings of selected quotes and decipher dense texts. Students will add to their high frequency academic words and use context clues to differentiate words with multiple dictionary meanings. Learners will practice and expand upon their comprehension strategies and note-taking skills such as paraphrasing or creating graphic organizers.

Students will translate their grammar skills into effective 4-6 paragraph academic essays. Focus will be placed on narrative, comparison, cause-effect, and argument essays. Writers will differentiate the purposes and paragraph structures needed for the various formats.

Level 6: Pre-College

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Level 6 is designed for students who will enter, or have conditional admittance to, a college undergraduate or graduate program. This level provides academic tasks in the context of challenging topics, advanced vocabulary, and authentic readings that parallel college level courses. The purpose of this level is to continue raising the English language fluency and cultural competence of non-native speakers, with the goal of preparing them to succeed in credit courses and eventually work effectively in jobs requiring native-like English skills.

Skill Goals:

Students will converse confidently and present in class on both academic and non-academic topics. Learners will practice a range of presentation formats, such as defining a concept, problem and solution, and explaining a process. Emphasis will be placed on the process of developing a speech and not exclusively on the final outcome. Students will practice using verbal and nonverbal communication as well as presentation technology.

Students will focus on presentation skills (speaker and audience) while providing peer feedback and engaging in questions and answers. They will also self-correct and monitor their own speech while presenting. At this level, students will be able to comprehend speech that occurs at a natural rate.

Students read authentic excerpts from academic texts and journals while reinforcing previously learned reading strategies and vocabulary skills. Learners continue to add to their vocabulary while exploring a range of academic subjects. Close studies of isolated quotes as well as complete texts promote the usage of reading strategies as the learner transitions to the all-English academic classroom.

Students will focus on the seven-step process of writing, as well as developing skills in providing constructive criticism, creating effective paraphrasing and summarizing, and practicing correct citation of outside sources. Students will refine their writing skills and become prepared for the diverse writing demands of the higher education classroom. Learners will also have an understanding of the severity of plagiarism.

Dates & Tuition

Intensive English class - full time (20 hours/week, 3 classes/day)

Location Dates 2016 Tuition 2017 Tuition
Los Angeles, CA 2016 Calendar
2017 Calendar
$3500 per quarter
12 weeks (minimum for I-20 Students)
$3700 per quarter
12 weeks (minimum for I-20 Students)
New York, NY 2016 Calendar
2017 Calendar
$3500 per quarter
12 weeks (minimum for I-20 Students)
$3700 per quarter
12 weeks (minimum for I-20 Students)
San Jose, CA 2016 Calendar
2017 Calendar
$2250 per quarter
12 weeks (minimum for I-20 Students)
$2600 per quarter
12 weeks (minimum for I-20 Students)

Other Costs & Services

Application Fee (non-refundable) $100
Text books $150 - $200
Health Insurance $70 per month * - depends on age
Express Mail $75

International Money Order

Please make your check payable to The ESL School at NYFA and mail payment to:

The ESL School at NYFA
1485 Saratoga Ave
Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95129 USA

Credit Card Payment

The ESL School at NYFA accepts Visa, and Master Cards. Please complete the credit card authorization form (available by clicking the link) and fax it to ESL at NYFA at (408) 984-2341, or contact our admissions office by phone at (408) 249-4680.

Wire Transfer

If you wish to make your payment by transferring funds from your bank account to ours, please send the payment to the following account information.

The ESL School at NYFA, Inc.
Bank: JP Morgan Chase, N.A
Account Number: 608733023
Swift Code: CHASUS33
Routing: 021000021
Bank Address:
JP Morgan Chase, N.A.
1725 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

Checks or Money Order

Checks or money order should be made payable to: The ESL School at NYFA

If mailing payment, please send it to:

1485 Saratoga Ave.
Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95129
Phone: +1 (408) 249-4680

2016 School Calendar

January 4 Registration/Beginning of Quarter 1
January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 8 1/2 Quarter Begin – ESN Los Angeles
March 22 Tuition due
March 25

End of Quarter 1

March 28 Registration for Quarter 2
March 29 Beginning of Quarter 2
May 30 Memorial Day
June 16 Tuition due
June 21

End of Quarter 2

June 22 Registration for Quarter 3
June 23 Beginning of Quarter 3
July 4 Independence Day
September 5 Labor Day
September 21

End of Quarter 3

September 21 Registration for Quarter 4
September 22 Beginning of Quarter 4
October 3 Rosh Hashanah
October 12 Yom Kippur
November 24, 25 Thanksgiving
December 9 Tuition due
December 16 End of Quarter 4

2017 School Calendar

Quarter 1
January 2 New Year’s Day (observed)
January 3 Registration
January 4 First day of class
January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
March 29 Last day of class
Quarter 2
March 30 Registration
April 3 First day of class
May 29 Memorial Day
June 21 Last day of class
Quarter 3
June 22 Registration
June 26 First day of class
July 4 Independence Day
September 4 Labor Day
September 20 Last day of class
Quarter 4
September 21 Rosh Hashanah
September 22 Registration
September 25 First day of class
September 30 Yom Kippur
November 23, 24 Thanksgiving
December 15 Last day of class

Contact Us

The ESL School at NYFA


3300 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505

+1-818-333-3557 (FAX)

Map of ESL School at NYFA Los Angeles campus


17 Battery Pl., 5th Floor
New York, NY, 10004


Map of ESL School at NYFA New York campus


1485 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95129

+1-408-984-2341 (FAX)

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