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A student has their temperature checked at Zoni Miami Beach

Zoni reopens campuses for in-person classes!

We are happy to announce that on August 24, 2020 all Zoni campuses reopened for inperson classes. At the same time, our virtual program is still available for students enrolled in a VPP only course and for other students in special circumastances.

To keep our students, teachers and staff safe, we have implemented a number of health and hygiene practices. All of these measures comply with what is recommended by the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) and we ask that everyone does their best to follow the rules.

A class at one of Zoni's SEVP Certified campuses

Zoni Brooklyn and Passaic are now SEVP Certified!

Even though Zoni campuses have been closed in order to keep you safe from Covid-19, exciting things have been happening! Not only did we celebrate 29 years of Zoni Language Centers, two of our campuses, Brooklyn and Passaic have been certified by SEVP. This blog post will explain what that means, the things these campuses can offer as a result of their SEVP approval, and finally will give you some information about the campuses, the surrounding areas and why you should study there. READ MORE

An English teacher with a TESL certificate teaching at Zoni Language Centers

Become a certified English teacher at Zoni!

Did you know that Zoni also offers English teacher training courses? These days a TESL/TEFL Certificate is required by most schools to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). That’s right, even if you have graduated university, schools want to be sure their language teachers know exactly how to teach English to international students. Zoni’s program is designed for self – motivated people wanting to enhance their knowledge and skills in teaching ESL. It focuses on the multi- faceted nature of teaching the English language to second language learners and even covers current teaching techniques for online and virtual instruction. READ MORE

Life at Zoni - students on a ski trip

Looking back on 2019, what is happening now and where we will be in the future!

The past few months have been tough for everyone, but particularly for students far from their families and distanced from their friends and classmates. In this blog we take a look back at 2019 and remember all the interesting, exciting and fun things that we did. Then, we will check in on how students are doing learning virtually while campuses are shut. We will look at some of the difficulties faced and how Zoni helped students to overcome these issues. And finally, we will look to the future and some of the things we can look forward to. READ MORE

Celebrate Mother's Day with Zoni

Mother’s Day: A day to celebrate the women who love and care for us!

Each year on the second Sunday of May we celebrate Mother’s Day. On this day we honor the mother-figures in our lives. Do you know how Mother’s Day began? The history of this special day can be traced back to ancient times, however, the holiday we know and celebrate these days is much newer! This blog post takes a look at the history of Mother’s Day, how it is celebrated in the United States and also, how and when it is celebrated in other countries. READ MORE

A student at home studying Zoni's online English course

How to get the most out of life as a Virtual Student

It has now been a few weeks since Zoni moved all of its classes online to keep you safe from the coronavirus. Our classes are more than just an online English course, we offer students a complete virtual experience, including being part of an interactive class with real classmates and teachers. Another thing to mention, is that our Virtual Presence Program (VPP) is well established (it has been around for almost a year already) and was even tested with the help of the Colombian military – that is how good this program is! READ MORE

Celebrate International Women's Day!

Why Zoni’s Virtual Presence Program is the perfect way to start learning English abroad

In 2019, Zoni began offering a Virtual Presence Program (VPP). A VPP is an virtual English program offered via the internet. The difference between an online class and a virtual class is that virtual class gives you a real, live and interactive classroom experience. An online course might give you access to resources and program, but there is no teacher guiding you or classmates to make friends with. READ MORE

Celebrate International Women's Day!

Let’s Celebrate International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women. Not just the amazing women who have fought for women’s rights and equality, but all women and how they contribute to our societies. This year, the theme is “Each for Equal” and reflects the need for gender equality in all areas of life. In this blog post we will look at the history of International Women’s Day, talk about why it is important, take a quick look at female role models for English learners and talk about how you can share in this day! READ MORE

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Zoni!

Be Our Valentine!

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14. When we think about Valentine’s Day, we think of love and romance, of roses and chocolates and restaurants filled with couples. But did you know that over the years Valentine’s Day has gone through some very drastic changes? In this blog post we will look at how Valentine’s Day started, how it has evolved, differences around the world and finally how Zoni celebrates this special day! READ MORE

New Year's Resolutions: tips to improve your English

What's your New Year's Resolution? Improve your English? Here are tips to help you succeed!

The new year has started which means many people use this time to make “New Year’s Resolutions”. Often you hear people say, “My New Year's resolution is to eat healthily” or “to get fit” or “stop smoking” or for many students “to improve my English!”. In this blog post we will focus on improving your English and discuss ways to set goals, how to stay motivated and of course give you some tips and tricks to help you get there! READ MORE

American Holidays - Christmas at the Rockefeller Center

American Holidays, Traditions and How to Make the Most of the Holiday Season!

The holiday season is here! Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, December is a busy month for American holidays! In this blog post we will look at the main holidays celebrated in the United States, compare Christmas in New York and Christmas in Miami, reflect on the Zoni Christmas party and look forward to New Year’s Eve!  READ MORE

Thanksgiving Guide for Students - A float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving: A Guide For Zoni Students

As November comes to an end, it is time to celebrate one of the most beloved American holidays, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving always occurs on the last Thursday of November, meaning that this year it is on November 28. This Zoni Blog is a Thanksgiving Guide for Students! We will explain what Thanksgiving is; how it started and how it is celebrated. We will also look at how it has changed, give you tips for creating your own memorable celebration and tell you all you need to know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. So, let’s start at the beginning… READ MORE

How to celebrate Halloween - Zoni students in costume

Halloween: How to enjoy America's second largest holiday!

Although most people have heard of Halloween, celebrations in the United States are really something special! At the end of October students studying at Zoni have the chance to experience one of the most fun holidays of the year! In this blog post we look at how to celebrate Halloween, its origins, where did it come from and how did it become so popular in the United States? Then we will tell you everything you need to know about West Village Halloween parade in Manhattan. Finally we look at Halloween at Zoni and how you can join in! READ MORE


Summer activities for students - Zoni field trip to Coney Island

American Fall traditions and activities

It’s September and fall is fast approaching and although some days are still warm enough for T-shirts you would have noticed subtle changes beginning to take place. Officially fall begins on September 23rd – the fall equinox but that doesn’t mean you can’t already start enjoying American fall traditions. READ MORE



Summer activities for students - Zoni field trip to Coney Island

What to do this summer? Fun activities near our schools!

Summer is here and with the warm weather comes with many amazing outdoor activities! Even better, most of these activities are free or cost very little. In this blog post we look at some of the different summer activities for students and how you can spend your free time after class.

Summer in New York is always fun. New York is committed to offering a range of different recreational and cultural events absolutely free!  READ MORE

Celebrate Independence Day - Revellers at the National Archive

How to Celebrate like a Local this Fourth of July!

The Fourth of July or Independence Day is not only historically important, it is also one of the biggest and most fun holidays of the year. This blog post begins with a brief introduction to the history of Independence Day. After that, we look at how it is celebrated across the United States of America. Finally, and most importantly, we give you information about some of the exciting activities going on around New York, like the Macy’s Fireworks display or the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest. READ MORE

Students on the Zoni Field Trip to washington DC

Practice English, Visit Exciting Places and Have Fun!
Join our Field Trip to Washington DC!

Each year around June one of the highlights of the Zoni activity calendar takes place – The Washington D.C Field Trip. Many of our students look forward to this all year. Anyone who has seen previous years’ photos would have seen just how much fun this field trip is. This blog post will give you all the information you need to join in, as well as, a little bit of history for places you will visit in D.C. READ MORE

Zoni Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers have a huge impact on our lives. In the United States if you go to school from PreK until 12th Grade (and attended most days), you would have spent approximately 16,380 hours in class by the time you graduate. That is a lot of time spent with your teachers. READ MORE

Earth day at Zoni

Let's Talk About Earth Day!

Earth Day is celebrated around the world by more than a billion people each year. It is the largest non-religious international day of observance. However, Earth Day was not always popular. Earth Day is a relatively new holiday, one that in the span of almost 50 years has grown in importance and ability to affect change. In this blog post we will talk about how Earth Day began, why we celebrate it and how you can get involved. READ MORE

Everything you need to know about St Patrick’s Day

As March 17 approaches you may have noticed new decorations in shop windows – shamrocks (3-leaf clover), leprechauns and pots of gold. You may have also noticed that everything seems to be turning green! Not with envy, but in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. Most people have heard of St Patrick and know he has something to do with Ireland. But do you actually know what makes him so special? In this Blog post learn who he was, what he did and how you can join in the fun!  READ MORE.

6 Ways to Beat the Summer Sun

The summer is fast approaching and it is important that you protect yourself from harmful sun rays and dehydration. Here are a few pointers on how to beat the heat and have a safe, healthy and fun summer.

Tips: Use sunscreen before spending large amounts of time outside, even if you are not in the sun. Wear comfortable and light clothing to avoid heat exhaustion. READ MORE

Why you should be Studying at Zoni Miami Beach

There are so many reasons for studying in Miami Beach. Here are a few things that our students tell us make Miami Beach the perfect place to live and learn!

The Weather- Miami averages an annual temperature of 79 degrees fahrenheit with the majority of days having sunshine. The city is also known for its world famous beaches. READ MORE

TEACHER PROFILE: Manhattan Campus - Patrick Hennessey

In this teacher profile we meet Zoni Manhattan teacher, Patrick Hennessey. Patrick was born in Bayonne New Jersey, USA. Even from an early age, Patrick was interested in languages. It is not surprising that he is an avid traveler and enjoys learning about new cultures. Combining his love of language and travel, Patrick taught English in Argentina for a year in 2014.  READ MORE

7 Fun things to do in Manhattan After Class!

There are so many things to do in Manhattan! Here are our 7 top free-time activities according to our students, teachers and staff.

  1. Central Park
    Whether enjoying fresh food from locally sourced farms, camping out for Shakespeare in the park, cooling off... READ MORE

Tips to Reduce your Accent when Speaking English

Tip #1 Imitate the accent you want to have

Listening to music or watching a video on Youtube are great ways to improve your accent. Find a video or song that has the accent you want to speak with.  Try mimicking the accent as much as possible in your free time. READ MORE

Reasons your Child should Study English in our Summer Teen Program

Do you have a teen that wants to learn English? Zoni Language Centers offers an amazing Summer Teen Program that caters especially to the learning styles of teenagers. In this Blog post we give you a few reasons why our Summer Teen Program is right for your child. READ MORE