free english classes

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes

Tuition-Free Adult Education Program

The program helps non-native English speakers develop proficiency in grammar, reading, listening, speaking and writing skills as well as building students skills for success in college and the workplace. The program also provides ongoing advisory services to students. Students must have a computer or tablet with internet connection in order to participate. 

Prospective students can register on our waiting list. Due to high volume of applicants, space is limited. When space is available, students are invited to an orientation session and to take a placement test. Students are placed in class based on their scores and program availability.

Students will be chosen for class on a first come first serve basis.


Program Requirements:

  • Age requirement: 19 and older
  • Residency Requirement: Must be NYS Resident
  • Any student who is on a visa status can't participate in this program, Please visit the ELI Webpage:
  • Students residing in any other state cannot participate in this program.
  • Students must have a computer or tablet with internet connection in order to participate. 

Program Levels:

Class Levels

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Program Schedules:

Morning Classes

Beginners: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Class Time:    9:30am – 12:30pm


Intermediate: Tuesday and Thursday

Advanced: Monday and Wednesday

Class Time:    9:30am – 02:00pm

Evening Classes

Class Time    6:00pm – 9:00pm

Beginner: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Intermediate: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Advanced: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Semester Information:

Fall Semester:

From September through December

Spring Semester:

From January through June


259 Convent Avenue, Shepard Hall Room 2, New York, NY 10031

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Henry Jun



Juan Martinez



Liza Ostolaza



Nikolaos Siderakis



William Yang

A diligent and passionate educator with over 20 years of teaching experience in the U.S. and overseas. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Baruch College, CUNY Zicklin School of Business, a certificate of excellence in the Chinese language from Shenzhen University, and financial planning from NYU, School of Continuing and Professional Studies. I have always believed that we have done our job if our students can say they learned something after each class. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing them achieve their goals and successfully transition into society.


Sarah Perez



Marie Guiardinu



Yiannis Kutsupis



Last Updated: 05/14/2024 10:14