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English Conversation Classes and Groups (Intermediate Level)

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English Conversation Classes (Intermediate Level)

FALL 2015: 

We Are New York  is an Emmy Award-winning half hour TV show created to help people practice English.  Each story is about everyday situations, like going to the doctor or talking to your child's teacher.  The characters speak slowly and clearly.

Intermediate Level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners will have the opportunity to learn English by watching We Are New York videos and talking about them.  Come to the library and meet other people who are practicing English, just like you.

This program works best for people who speak some English already and want to practice.  For more information, call or visit the branches listed below.

We Are New York was created by the New York  City Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York.

CHATHAM SQUARE LIBRARY - Third Floor
Tuesdays:  11:00 a.m -1:00 p.m.
August 25; September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 

HAMILTON GRANGE LIBRARY
Wednedays:  1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

JEROME PARK LIBRARY 
Saturdays:  11 a.m. - 1 .pm.
 August 22, 29; September 12, 19, 26.

MOSHOLU  LIBRARY
Fridays: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
August  28; September 4, 11, 18, 25.

NEW AMSTERDAM LIBRARY
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
August 29; September 12, 19, 26.

RIVERDALE LIBRARY
Saturdays: 2:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.
August 22, 29.

ROOSEVELT ISLAND LIBRARY
Fridays: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
August 21, 28; September 4, 18, 25.

English Conversation Groups (Intermediate Level)

Talk with library volunteers about current events, New York City, family life, holidays, and much more. 
Testing after registration. Space is limited. First come, first served. Adults only, 16 years old or older. Please do not bring children to registration.

67th Library
328 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065

No registration required. 

This program is provided in partnership with New York Cares, a leading volunteer organization that helps people find easy ways to make meaningful, rewarding contributions to their communities. Led by New York Cares volunteers, this program provides an opportunity for intermediate level ESOL speakers to practice speaking English and improve their conversational skills.

Groups meet Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
August 29; September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19.
 

Columbus Library
742 10th Avenue
New York,  NY 10019

This program is provided in partnership with New York Cares, a leading volunteer organization that helps people find easy ways to make meaningful, rewarding contributions to their communities. Led by New York Cares volunteers, this program provides an opportunity for intermediate level ESOL speakers to practice speaking English and improve their conversational skills.

Registration and testing:  Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm.
(continuing/referral students at 6 p.m.)
Groups meet Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4.


Mosholu Library
285 East 205th Street
Bronx, NY 10467

This program is provided in partnership with New York Cares, a leading volunteer organization that helps people find easy ways to make meaningful, rewarding contributions to their communities. Led by New York Cares volunteers, this program provides an opportunity for intermediate level ESOL speakers to practice speaking English and improve their conversational skills.

Registration and testing:  FALL 2015 (To be determined)
Groups meet Saturdays 11:00a.m. -12:30 p.m. (To be determined)

Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)   
188 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Led by the Volunteers from NYPL, this program provides an opportunity for intermediate-level ESOL speakers to practice speaking English to improve their conversational skills.

Registration and testing:  Tuesdays, September 29, 2015 at 5:30pm
Groups meet Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.
October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24.

Webster Library
1465 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021

This program is provided in partnership with New York Cares, a leading volunteer organization that helps people find easy ways to make meaningful, rewarding contributions to their communities. Led by New York Cares volunteers, this program provides an opportunity for intermediate level ESOL speakers to practice speaking English and improve their conversational skills.

Registration and testing:  Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:30am.
Groups meet Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21.

Other English Language Programs

  • The Literacy Assistance Center
    Professional development and technical assistance provider for teachers and programs that offer ESOL, Basic Education in Native Language (BENL), High School Equivalency (HSE), and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes.
  • Queens Library
    718.480.4300
  • Brooklyn Public Library
    Adult Literacy Administrative Office: 718.832.3560
  • The New York City Department of Education
    Office of Adult and Continuing Education: 718.622.3000
    Can make referrals to regional offices for GED, ESOL, Literacy, and Job Training.
  • Riverside Language Program
    212.662.3200
    Offers intensive ESOL instruction.
  • CUNY Adult Literacy
    For general information, call 212.794.5302. Free ESOL, BE, and GED classes are offered at CUNY's 14 campuses mornings, evenings, and weekends. Registration is ongoing throughout the year.