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Thanksgiving turkey

A Time to Give Thanks

We're thankful for...

Health and happiness
Hot beverages on cold days
Our collegiate partners: CIA, FMCC, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY SCCC

Local Thanksgiving Events

Turkey Trot races throughout our area

...and if you feel like a trip to the Big Apple:

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Our next monthly event

Troy Victorian Stroll, Saturday, December 3rd, at 1 PM. Meet us at Monument Square!

*This is a good time of year to think about giving to those in need:

Fall Activities

Welcome to Fall in Upstate New York!

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is becoming cooler (despite the few warm and humid days we've had this fall), and it's time to make plans to see the fall foliage, go apple or pumpkin picking, and enjoy Halloween.

Upstate New York is known for its delicious apples. Here's a list of apple orchards where you can pick your own apples, taste apple cider and cider donuts, and do other fun activities.

Do you want to see the best fall foliage in the area? Check out this list of places to go "leaf peeping".

Visit one of these pumpkin patches to buy a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern or decorative gourds.

Here's a list of Halloween events in Albany. These include haunted hayrides, parties, ghost walking tours and even trick-or-treating tips.

Or browse this site for fall recipes and other fun things to do in the fall in Upstate New York!

Around the World Thanksgiving Potluck 2017

Our 5th Annual Around the World Thanksgiving Potluck Feast was another success!

About 30 students and staff gathered on Saturday, November 4th, 2017, at 6:00-9:00 PM in Colonie, and ate dishes from American, Colombian, German, Korean, Spanish, and Middle Eastern cuisines, among others.

Save the date for next year's event: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018!

30-Day Challenge!

ESE Students:

The 30-Day Challenge is happening now!

Add your name to the chart on the office door!

Each day, for all of March, commit to practicing English for at least 30 consecutive minutes per day. Keep track of the days that you complete a language immersion task, and the next time you are at the school, mark the date with a sticker on the chart on the office door.

The point is to build a habit. If you practice English every day for 30 minutes, it will start to become a habit. This habit will improve your English!

For ideas on practicing your English every day, check out:

This website’s English Practice page
ESE’s Facebook page
ESE/CRLC’s ESL YouTube playlist
Your class Edmodo group
Ask your ESL teacher for additional resources and ideas

ESL Presentation on February 15, 2017, at Empire State English

Empire State English to Answer English as a Second Language (ESL) Questions for Prospective Students, Local Businesses, and Education Partners

To respond to growing interest in its new intensive ESL program, Empire State English will host an evening reception on Wednesday, February 15, at 7 p.m. at the school’s Colonie location, 24 Aviation Rd., Suite 100 (just off Wolf Road). The event is open to the public, including the Capital Region’s international residents with family members abroad who wish to study in the U.S., and also business and education entities that work to attract international students and professionals.

The school’s founder and president, Kim Andersen, and other members of the school’s leadership team will answer questions informally and offer a short program about the ESL opportunities for international students. Empire State English offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to university students and adults, both those who live in the Capital District as well as visitors to the area. The school provides ESL programs to international visitors with an F-1 visa, enabling non-immigrants to improve their English during visits lasting one to 18 months as they prepare for higher education or for personal or professional reasons.

Earlier in January, the school launched an enhanced website with additional information about all of its English-language programs, at The school is licensed by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).

For more information and to RSVP, please call the school at 518-729-5407 or email

Visit New York City (the “Big Apple”)

Less than three hours by car or train from Empire State English's school locations in Albany and Saratoga Springs, New York City comprises 5 boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens) and is located where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Manhattan's iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater productions are staged in neon-lit Times Square. Manhattan has many museums of art and history. Manhattan also is home to the 9/11 Memorial, where the World Trade Center towers once stood before the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Visit Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A little more than three hours by car or train from Empire State English's location in upstate New York, Montréal is the largest city in Canada's Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Its boroughs, many of which were once independent cities, include neighborhoods ranging from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal – with the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its center – to bohemian Plateau. If you plan to travel to Canada while a student at ESE, you must first talk to the DSO/Student Advisor and get a travel stamp on your I-20.

Visit Boston, Massachusetts

Within a three-hour drive of Empire State English's schools in upstate New York, Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of historic sites that tells the story of the nation’s founding. One stop, former meeting house Faneuil Hall, is a popular marketplace. Boston also has numerous colleges and universities, including Boston University, Northeastern University, Simmons College, and others. Nearby to Boston, across the scenic Charles River, is the City of Cambridge, home to universities including M.I.T. and Harvard.

Things to Know about Saratoga Springs

Saratoga is famous for its horse racing in July and August, its natural springs, and its historical significance (Battle of Saratoga during America’s Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, when the country established its independence from Great Britain). Saratoga is a smaller city than nearby Albany and it is very walkable.  It boasts an amazing library, parks, shopping, cinema, and restaurants in addition to Skidmore College.  Empire State English is within walking distance of the downtown area.