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FREE English Classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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To join, you must attend an upcoming Information Session. At the Information Session, you will make an appointment to register for classes.

  • Classes are open to adults (age 16 or over).
  • Testing follows registration.
  • Documentation is not required.
  • Space is limited
  • Please do not bring children to registration.

For the most current information available regarding these classes, please ask at your local branch or email esol@nypl.org.

Daytime, Evening and Weekend Classes

English language classes are available at selected libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. In a welcoming environment, we provide a resource-rich learning community with level-appropriate print materials, high-interest multi-media instruction using the We Are New York television series, and state of the art computer labs with software programs including Rosetta Stone. Classes are facilitated by professional teachers and volunteer tutors. During the course of the program, students are signed up for library cards, and receive an orientation to the library’s services, collections and programs that support ESOL student and independent learner needs.

Classes are held year-round in 10-week cycles. Most classes meet two days each week, for two hours each day. Select classes meet on Saturday mornings for four hours. Classes are for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level students. Students must attend an information session to register for classes.

http://www.nypl.org/events/classes/wany