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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, New York City and South Beach 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
  • South Beach, FL
  • San Jose, CA

Mission Statement

Accredited by CEA The Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) accredited the ESL School at NYFA. We provide 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.

CEA’s mission is to promote excellence in the field of English language teaching and administration through accreditation of English language programs and institutions worldwide. CEA achieves its mission by using widely-held standards to foster continuous program development through a rigorous process of regular self-assessment and peer evaluation. 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

South Beach, Florida

Miami is a melting pot of cultures, glamour, and unbeatable weather. It is a city rich with culture, contains some of the most extraordinary examples of the Art Deco style in South Beach, and is host of Art Basel Miami Beach—the largest contemporary art fair in the world. South Beach is a world-class destination and inspiring environment for our students to broaden their English vocabulary and spoken English.

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 offers you the high-quality ESL education, support, and guidance that help you learn English successfully.

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

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

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

Students receive 20 hours per week of intensive instruction, plus optional conversation and TOEFL exam preparation class. Classes are held from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:10am and 5:00pm. The school is also open between the hours of 1:00pm and 5:00pm for independent study.

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 – on alternate days
TOEFL Preparation
1:35pm - 3:00pm – on alternate days
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 classroom method with these students is aural/oral drill using pictures to develop speaking pronunciation skills and mastery of basic vocabulary, grammar and survival English.

Skill Goals:

Ability to participate in simple conversation using complete sentences and responding accurately to relevant questions.

Ability to understand simple, clearly spoken phrases and commands.

Ability to understand simple signs and directions, and to obtain information from simple written English. Can sound out new words.

Ability to write simple sentences.

Level 2: Advanced Beginner

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Level 2 students have a foundation in Basic English. “False Beginners” often begin at this level as they have yet to really activate the grammar and vocabulary they learned in basic grammar textbooks Students learn to comprehend spoken English in routine and familiar contexts. Communicating about basic needs and participating in basic conversations is emphasized. In Grammar classes, students practice the various grammatical structures and forms to generate sentences related to personal topics and into short, loosely organized paragraphs. Readings include authentic or adapted narratives and descriptive passages.

Skill Goals:

Ability to participate in simple conversation using complete sentences and responding accurately to relevant questions.

Ability to understand simple conversational English when spoken to directly.

Ability to understand simple descriptions, explanations and instructions.

Ability to write connected sentences related to everyday and personal experience and to convey information in memo form.

Level 3: Lower Intermediate

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Level 3 students complete the basic course of grammar, which includes students’ first practice with complex grammatical forms. They also develop more skills in comprehending spoken and written English containing some unfamiliar words. They learn to participate in increasingly extended conversation on some unfamiliar topics beyond survival needs. They also learn to understand short reading passages differentiating between fact and opinion with some degree of accuracy. At this level, they also learn to write clearly organized paragraphs with relevant ideas.

Skill Goals:

Ability to express self adequately and effectively in areas of personal interest.

Ability to understand spoken English in areas of general and personal interest.

Ability to understand written passages on general subjects and topics of personal interest.

Ability to write accurately on subjects of personal interest.

Level 4: Intermediate

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In Level 4 students enter a more experiential stage of learning. Less emphasis is placed on recognizing and understanding language and more on activation and usage. In addition to continued grammar study, realization and broader vocabulary development are stressed. Students learn to understand increasingly extended conversations, discussions or lectures. They also learn to speak about familiar topics with little hesitation. Reading courses emphasize authentic materials identifying the main idea and making inferences. They also learn to write well-developed paragraphs using various approaches, e.g. descriptive, narrative, comparison-contrast, definition, and processes.

Skill Goals:

Ability to express effectively on a range of topics and over the telephone.

Ability to follow standard conversational English spoken to near normal speed, allowing for questions for clarification.

Ability to understand short stories, news, magazine, and technical articles in areas of personal interest.

Ability to write a basic 5-paragraph essay on a familiar subject.

Level 5: Advanced

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Level 5 continues the transition from textbook-oriented skills to experiential learning. There is a heavy emphasis on vocabulary development and an introduction to sophisticated reading texts and writing forms. Students learn to understand essential points of discussions or speeches in special fields of interest; communicate about a variety of topics using appropriate syntax; and read authentic material on a variety of topics identifying the main idea, making inferences and drawing conclusions. In addition, they learn to write lengthier and more accurate compositions about previously discussed topics, their own research results, and personal experiences using and expanding the various approaches they have learned at the intermediate level.

Skill Goals:

Ability to converse confidently on unfamiliar topics.

Ability to follow a news broadcast or normal phone conversation.

Ability to follow complex written English on unfamiliar topics.

Ability to write appropriate business/formal letters and to write well-structured essays on research and personal topics.

Level 6: High Advanced (Pre-College)

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Level 6 is designed for students who will enter, or are already enrolled in a community college, university undergraduate or graduate program. This level provides academic tasks in the context of challenging topics and advanced vocabulary that parallel college level courses. The purpose of this level is to continue raising the English language and cultural competence of non-native speakers so that they can succeed in credit courses and eventually work effectively in jobs requiring native-like English skills.

Skill Goals:

Ability to converse confidently and present in class both academic and non-academic topics.

Ability to follow a news broadcast/commentary; and lectures on a wide variety of topics.

Ability to follow complex written English on both academic and nonacademic subject matter.

Ability to write appropriate and well-structured essays, research reports, book and magazine reviews.


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TOEFL Preparation provides three (3) hours of contact time per week and gives students at the intermediate and advanced levels the skills, strategies, practice and confidence they need to increase their scores on all sections of the institutional-based TOEFL.

Upon successful completion of TOEFL Prep, the students will be able to improve their scores on the Listening Section, the Structure Section and the Reading Section of the TOEFL.

Dates & Tuition

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

Location Dates 2016 Tuition 2017 Tuition
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
South Beach, FL
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


420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200
Miami, FL 33139



1485 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95129

+1-408-984-2341 (FAX)

Map of ESL School at NYFA in San Jose
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