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Free English Classes


Free English Classes


To join an English class, all new students must first come to an information session. For more details, see the information session dates and the flyer (PDF) below. 

We offer two types of classes:

  • ESOL - Listening and Speaking
    ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are for people who want to learn and improve their English. These classes focus on speaking and listening skills. Some reading and writing practice is included.
  • ABE - Reading and Writing
    ABE (Adult Basic Education) classes are for people who speak English, but need help with their English reading and writing skills.

Fall 2015 Information Sessions


Harlem Library
9 West 124th Street (between Lenox &  5th Ave)
New York, NY 10027
(212) 369.2714
Saturday, September 12,  2015: 11am or 2pm SHARP!
Wednesday, September 16, 2015: 1pm or 6pm SHARP!

Bronx Library Center
310 E. Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Ave)
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 579.4222
Monday, September 14,  2015: 12pm or 6pm SHARP!
Tuesday, September 22,  2015: 12pm or 6pm SHARP!


Tompkins Square Library
331 East 10th Street (near Avenue B)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 673.4528
Monday, September 14,  2015: 12:30pm or 6pm SHARP!

St. George Library Center
5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall)
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 816.1025
Monday, September 21,  2015: 1pm or 6pm SHARP!


Major Support for the Library's adult literacy, English language programs and technology training is provided by the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development; Arthur W. Koenig; The Pasculano Foundation; The Lois M. Collier Endowment Fund; The JPB Foundation; the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation, Inc.; and the Federal Workforce Investment Act, Title II funding administered through the New York State Education Department.

Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; Arlene and Arnold Goldstein Foundation; New York City Center for Economic Opportunity; Altman Foundation; Funding from the Mayor’s Young Men Initiative administered through the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; the Kagan Fund; New York State Coordinated Outreach Services Program; Bank of America; The Bailey Endowment for English Language Learning Programs; Airbnb; New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program; The Staten Island Foundation; Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Charitable Trust; and anonymous donors.


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