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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes

Adult Education Program
Free Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes

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 in 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.

To register for the waitlist please visit the following link:

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 can't participate in this program

Program Information

Class Levels






Morning Classes


Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Class Time    9:30am – 12:30pm


Intermediate - Tuesday & Thursday

Advanced - Monday & Wednesday

Class Time    9:30am – 02:00pm


Evening Classes

Class Time    6:00pm – 9:00pm

Beginner - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

Intermediate - Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

Advanced - Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

Semester Information

Fall Semester runs from September thru December

Spring Semester runs from January through June


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

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Last Updated: 06/22/2023 18:00