Course Catalog

Course Catalog 

No matter what your language level or learning goals, the NYUSPS Programs in Business English has courses to meet your needs. We offer a wide range of English courses designed for learners at all levels. Additionally, we are able to design custom programs tailored to your unique circumstances. Contact us for more information about custom programs.

Please Note: Academic Summer Courses are listed at the bottom of this page.

Courses Offered
 
ESL-NI 4001 English for Beginners
Build a solid foundation in this comprehensive English course. Course participants have multiple opportunities to engage in speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities while building vocabulary and repertoire of basic structures in English. You can expect to develop basic communication skills that you can apply in everyday situations.
 
ESL-NI 4003 Elementary English for Communication
Practice using English through communicative activities and collaborative tasks. Course participants practice brief, everyday conversational exchanges, such as asking and responding to basic questions, and sharing information and opinions about likes, dislikes, and interests. You will also work with classmates to complete tasks that require you to use your developing English. The content of the course will be shaped by the needs and interests of the course participants.
 
ESL-NI 4004 English for Beginners II
Learners who have successfully completed English for Beginners, or who already have a basic foundation in English, will continue building on that foundation in this comprehensive English course. Course participants have multiple opportunities to engage in speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities while building vocabulary and repertoire of basic structures in English. You can expect to add to your base of communication skills that you can apply in everyday situations.
 
ESL-NI 4010 / ESL-NI 4600 Language Boost: Basic Vocabulary and Grammar Workshop
Boost your language learning with extra focus on vocabulary and grammar. Learn how to use new vocabulary in a variety of contexts and constructions. Participants will also practice using helpful vocabulary and grammar learning strategies.
 
ESL-NI 4050 Better English Through Reading: Elementary
Increase your exposure to key vocabulary and English structures as you begin to develop reading fluency. With support from the instructor, participants in this hybrid course will learn to select English reading materials that are appealing and at the appropriate level. You will set reading goals, chart your progress, and share your learning with classmates.
 
ESL-NI 4602 English for Travellers
Taking a trip soon? English is the most common language spoken around the globe, so prepare for your travel experience by improving your English skills. Learn how to book travel, ask for directions, order food, arrange entertainment, and even make small talk with people you meet along the way. Develop the English language skills you need to travel like a pro.
 
ESL-NI 5000 Intermediate Conversation and Culture: Developing Confidence and Fluency in English
Build on a strong foundation of conversational skills through communicative activities. Course participants learn about and practice discussing less familiar topics while developing the ability to state and defend opinions, ask follow-up and clarification questions, and disagree respectfully. The content of the course will be shaped by the needs and interests of the course participants. This course is not graded. Students may take the course as many times as they wish. Students are also welcome to join the course after the semester has begun—ask about our discounts for late enrollment!
 
ESL-NI 5002 Presentations and Public Speaking
Develop your presentation skills. Learn the keys to great public speaking skills, including key preparation techniques, winning organization strategies, standard phrases used in presentations and speeches, clear annunciation and pronunciation, attractive visual aids, and appropriate nonverbal communication styles. Participants also receive individual feedback on their own strengths and weaknesses and personalized advice on how to improve. You can expect to give a formal prepared speech and informal talks.
 
ESL-NI 5004 Narrative and Descriptive Writing
Paint with words as you create vivid written descriptions of events, people, and places. Course participants will engage in writing tasks that develop writing fluency and voice. Work on multiple drafts as you study paragraph and narrative structure, development, and organization, and improve your ability to edit your own writing and organize your ideas. You can expect to develop skills to be a better writer at work, in school, or in other areas of your life.
 
ESL-NI 5005 International Business Communication
Learn how to write and speak effectively in a variety of business settings. Participants read about business and management issues; write and edit emails, letters, reports, and evaluations; and analyze the cultural misunderstandings that can occur in a international and multicultural business settings. Through role plays, participants gain the practice necessary to engage in business interactions with confidence. You can expect to improve your ability to use English to socialize, present, communicate in writing, and participate in meetings in today's global business world.
 
ESL-NI 5006 Pronunciation Practice
Gain a working knowledge of the sounds and rhythms of North American English. Through intensive practice of consonants, vowels, intonation, stress, and rhythm, course participants develop techniques for speaking clearly in a variety of settings. Instructors use recordings, pronunciation exercises, dialogues, discussions, and other interactive activities. Each participant will receive individualized feedback. Identify your pronunciation trouble spots and devise strategies for achieving more accurate and fluent speech.
 
ESL-NI 5007 Clear and Effective Writing I
This course is for people who need help in writing effectively, accurately, and comfortably. Particpants develop the ability to produce correct, well-developed texts and essays on a variety of topics. You will learn about organization, style, and tone through weekly readings and writing assignments. You will also learn to identify and correct your own errors in a supportive atmosphere in which feedback is intensive and individualized.
 
ESL-NI 5008 Polished Professional Writing I
This course helps develop the writing skills required in contemporary business and other professional contexts. Learn techniques for writing effective emails, memos, proposals, and reports for a variety of audiences, becoming more accurate, clear, and concise. Participants receive guidance and practice in the selection and use of appropriate vocabulary, grammatical structures, and punctuation, with intensive individual feedback. Through the use of realistic professional models, you can expect to learn how to express yourself clearly and persuasively.
 
ESL-NI 5009 Speaking and Listening Skills
Designed for people who are uncomfortable speaking English in both professional and more casual settings, this course helps participants speak more fluently and accurately. You can expect to develop your listening comprehension and improve your self-confidence. Activities include discussions, presentations, and role-plays. Work on volume, pacing of speech, correct grammar and word choices, as well as posture and body language, all while receiving intensive individualized attention.
 
ESL-NI 5010 / ESL-NI 5600 Language Expansion: Vocabulary and Grammar Workshop
Go beyond grammar rules, drills, and vocabulary lists. Learn about functional grammar to gain a deeper understanding of and control over the structure of English. Understand the shades of meaning of words and phrases and how and when to use them appropriately while speaking and writing in English.
 
ESL-NI 5300 Email Writing
Become a pro at writing emails for a global audience. Learn how to plan and write clear, concise, and logical emails with appropriate tone and register. Course participants master the most common types of email and learn how to best use auto-responders, acknowledge receipt of an email, and follow up on unanswered mail. You will have the opportunity to practice writing emails tailored to your specific needs in work or academic contexts and receive individual feedback.
 
ESL-NI 5601 / ESL-NI 5801 Critical Reading and Vocabulary: Reading and Understanding English Articles
Enhance your ability to think critically while reading short general interest articles and think pieces. Course participants develop comprehension skills and practice analyzing structure, writing style, language use, and content. Engage in discussion and short reflective writing tasks that allow you to respond to the selections and exchange ideas with classmates.
 
ESL-NI 5602 / ESL-NI 5802 The World of Fiction: Reading and Relating to a Best Seller
Develop your reading skills while reading one or more best-selling novels in English. Course participants learn how to identify main ideas, themes, and vocabulary in context; relate ideas to real life; and summarize sections of the text. Class activities may include discussion, short poster presentations, dramatic readings and enactments, reading journals, vocabulary journals, and short summaries.
 
ESL-NI 5603 Understanding American Business Culture
Gain an introduction to the norms and nuances of American business culture, from handshakes and small talk to the complexities of establishing good working relationships and engaging in negotiations. Engage in role plays, presentations, and discussions about readings, and analyze business interactions to understand possible areas for misunderstanding. You will learn communication strategies so that you can engage successfully with colleagues, customers, and clients. You can expect to become more comfortable and confident with your ability to share your ideas and influence your business partners in an American business setting.
 
ESL-NI 5604 NYC for Travelers
Learn about the history and unique culture of New York City while also developing practical language skills for traveling. Course participants receive tips for getting around New York and enjoying all that this famous city has to offer. Through course projects, participants apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to focus on aspects of the city that are of most interest to them.
 
ESL-NI 5607 Listen Up and Speak Out!
Improve your English communication skills by attending to the way you and others around you use the language in and out of class. Course participants have the opportunity to bring in questions about English interactions they take part in and observe outside class, with the instructor acting as cultural and linguistic informant. Working together with input and feedback from the instructor, you will make sense of puzzling incidents and develop communication strategies to make your future interactions go more smoothly.
 
ESL-NI 5610 All Around America
Learn about the history, unique culture, and sites of interest in various cities in the United States. Course participants work in groups to create a travel guide to a place in the USA that they are interested in. At the end of the course, groups present this project to their classmates. Participants can expect to improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills while learning more about the USA.
 
ESL-NI 5800 Step by Step: Communicating Procedures, Processes, and Instructions
Communication challenges in describing procedures, processes, and instructions, particularly across cultures, can lead to serious consequences. Learn how to use logical connections and linear thinking to convey this type of information clearly and concisely. You can expect to improve your ability to explain procedures, processes, and instructions, as well as your ability to understand and respond appropriately to others' explanations.
 
ESL-NI 6002 Contemporary American Culture and History Through Popular Music
Expand your knowledge of U.S. American culture, history, and popular music. This course examines the musical roots of today's American music and the historical events surrounding some of the most influential songs of the last century. Course participants read, analyze, discuss, and summarize articles and song lyrics to develop reading ability and expand vocabulary while also deepening musical and cultural knowledge. By the end of this course, you will be able to engage critically with texts and participate more confidently in discussions.
 
ESL-NI 6003 Intercultural Communicative Competence
Develop an understanding of the process of communicating across cultural boundaries. Through readings and activities, course participants practice applying analytical skills to examine intercultural interaction; consider techniques for improving intercultural communication within various types of environments; and increase awareness of their own cultural norms and how they affect behavior, values, and perceptions. This course will equip you with tools and skills that you will be able to apply in the intercultural contexts you find yourself in at home and abroad.
 
ESL-NI 6004 Understanding TED Talks, Lectures, and Presentations
TED Talks give the public the opportunity to hear from great thinkers working around the word in many disciplines and walks of life. This course will help you access some of the great TED talks in English. Develop your listening skills and strategies while also learning about what makes a great lecture. Along the way, you can expect to expand your vocabulary and range of structures in your receptive and productive language use.
 
ESL-NI 6005 / ESL-NI 6605 Discussing Current Events
Improve your ability to engage actively in discussions on current global topics. Course participants read and listen to news reports on current issues and then respond to the topics in a variety of ways, including class discussion, written responses, and presentations. Expand your vocabulary, refine your critical reading and listening skills, and improve your speaking ability as you participate in vocabulary building exercises, learn to present your position on a topic to a small group as well as to a larger audience, and practice defending a particular position. By the end of this course, you will be able to converse more confidently on events taking place around the world.
 
ESL-NI 6006 Service Learning
Community service is a respected practice in many parts of the world. Learn about traditions of community service, volunteerism, and civic engagement in North America while you explore similar practices in China. Course participants will apply what they learn in class to plan and carry out service projects or volunteer experiences in the local community. Language and communication skills will be developed through reading, journaling, reflective tasks, discussions, and presentations.
 
ESL-NI 6601 American University Experience
Gain an introduction to U.S. higher education and the culture of the American university classroom as you learn about the educational values that form the basis of ethical academic inquiry in the USA. Course participants learn how to decipher course syllabi, analyze what constitutes an ideal student in the USA, and practice skills and strategies needed to have a successful and rewarding overseas experience. Acquire a better understanding of what to expect--and what will be expected of you--when you arrive at a U.S. college, university, or graduate school.
 
ESL-NI 6602 University Classroom Participation Skills
Break the stereotype of the quiet international student! Learn about the role that class participation plays in U.S. university courses and what professors expect of their students. Course participants develop critical thinking skills as they practice asking questions about a lecture or reading, responding to Socratic questioning, and leading and participating in class discussions. Specific skills practiced in online and in-class activities include agreeing and disagreeing, stating and supporting an opinion, summarizing an argument, gaining the floor, responding to classmates, and integrating personal experience with reading and lecture topics.
 
ESL-NI 7000 Advanced Conversation and Culture: Tackling Tough Topics in English
Hone your speaking and listening skills through advanced communicative activities. Course participants practice and improve their ability to manage conversations on a variety of topics; direct discussions; check for understanding and make adjustments tailored to a specific audience; paraphrase and summarize others’ arguments; and offer, reject, and accept suggestions. The content of the course will be shaped by the needs and interests of the course participants. This course is not graded. Students may take the course as many times as they wish. Students are also welcome to join the course after the semester has begun—ask about our discounts for late enrollment! 
 
ESL-NI 7001 Learning from the Pros: Mastering Public Speaking Through Famous Speeches
This course offers an analysis of famous speakers and speeches from the 20th century. You will read, listen to, and watch a variety of notable speeches while analyzing the vocabulary use, examining the content, and evaluating the delivery style. You will learn different rhetorical and prosodic devices and practice using them in a variety of contexts for different effects. While building these skills, you will write your own speeches and practice presenting them to the class. By the end of the course, you will better understand what makes speakers and their speeches successful and make use of new strategies for writing and delivering stronger oral presentations.
 
ESL-NI 7002 Debate and Logical Argumentation
Enhance your ability to understand, build, and deliver arguments and opinions. In this course, you will study different types of strategic arguments and logical fallacies to expose the difference between strong and weak reasoning. You will also learn what can be regarded as evidence and how to test it for validity. By learning the terms and language of argumentation through classic cases and debates, you will expand your critical thinking and analytical skills. These skills will be practiced and tested through structured debates, giving you the opportunity to present, challenge and defend your own ideas. This course also offers you the opportunity to improve your interpersonal communication, public speaking, and problem solving skills.
 
ESL-NI 7003 Persuasive Writing
Learn effective ways to present and defend your own opinion in your writing. Develop your ability to use logical arguments and provide evidence to support your ideas. Course participants study paragraph structure, development, and organization, as well as essay structure, while working on multiple drafts to improve the ability to self-edit and organize ideas. By the end of the course, you will be able to write a 5-paragraph essay in which you develop your own argument on a debatable issue.
 
ESL-NI 7007 Clear and Effective Writing II
This course is for people proficient in English who need to further develope their writing skills. Participants learn techniques to strengthen their own writing by reading the best writers. Write weekly texts with emphasis on organization, audience, word choice, sentence structure, and style. With increased confidence, you will learn to examine your own writing with a critical eye and a finer sense of what makes writing effective.
 
ESL-NI 7008 Polished Professional Writing II
This class is for professionals who want to strengthen their writing skills. Participants develop strategies and skills necessary for writing professional, clear, and succinct communications. The course emphasizes key elements for effective professional writing: purpose, audience, structure, and language, as well as style, tone, and grammar in context. Types of writing covered include emails, memos, proposals, reports and other communications used in professional contexts. With intensive individual feedback from the instructor, you can expect to become a more natural, sophisticated, and professional writer.
 
ESL-NI 7009 Advanced Speaking and Listening
This course prepares fluent speakers to function more comfortably in situations in which educated English is expected. Participants learn how to polish their delivery skills and diction and improve their use of English structures, while addressing intonation, volume, and body language. Explore confidence-building techniques as you plan formal and informal presentations, take part in discussions, and expand your knowledge of vocabulary and idioms, all while receiving intensive individualized error correction.
 
ESL-NI 7010 / ESL-NI 7600 Language Analysis: Advanced Vocabulary And Grammar Workshop
Expand your vocabulary and learn how to use a broader range of phrases and structures to make your writing and speech more polished and sophisticated. Workshop participants analyze complex structures and novel word choices to unlock meaning in difficult texts and practice expanding their own linguistic repertoire in writing and speech.
 
ESL-NI 7050 Better English Through Reading Advanced
The key to increasing your reading speed, fluency, and comprehension is to read regularly. At the same time, regular reading increases your overall exposure to vocabulary and grammatical structures, so you encounter enough English to deeply acquire the grammar and vocabulary you have been exposed to in other courses and textbooks. With support from the instructor, participants in this hybrid course will learn to select English reading materials that are appealing and at the appropriate level. You will set reading goals, chart your progress, and share your learning with classmates. Experience the satisfaction of being able to read fluently in English!
 
ESL-NI 7801 Critical Reading and Vocabulary: Engaging with Nonfiction
Develop your critical reading skills and enhance your vocabulary while reading short and medium-length works of nonfiction. Depending on the backgrounds and interests of the course particpants, you may read articles, essays, blog posts, editorials, white papers, and research articles. Learn to distinguish among differences in style, tone, and structure across genres. Identify authors' perspectives and assumptions, and use inferences to make sense of information presented indirectly or implicitly.
 
ESL-NI 7802 The World of Fiction: Reading Literary Fiction
Read great works of literary fiction. Course participants will read one or more novel or short story collection in English. Develop critical reading and thinking skills while learning about the structure of the text, common literary devices, and character development. Class activities may include discussion, short poster presentations, dramatic readings and enactments, reading journals, vocabulary journals, and short summaries.
 
ESL-NI 7803 In Other Words: Using Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation in Source-Based Writing
Acquire skills and strategies to incorporate outside sources into your own writing and understand the nuances of what constitutes plagiarism and how to formulate and express original ideas. Course participants develop key advanced reading and writing skills including active reading and reflecting, summarizing, note taking and text annotation, citing, quoting, and paraphrasing. By the end of this course, you will have learned how to use texts appropriately to strengthen your own ideas.