Multilingual Education & ESL
Literacy Referral Hotline – Dial 311
Provides a database of free English classes (Spanish, French, & French Creole speakers). Also provides information about the GED. Literacy Hotline.
Free clinics for job searching, application and preparation.
Provides information on adult classes, program information, and registration locations.
You can find free classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages, basic reading and writing, GED test preparation, and career and technical education offered in locations throughout the City. These classes are open to everyone, and you do not need to show proof of citizenship.
Use the Find a Program search tool to locate programs in your neighborhood. You can define your search by type of service offered (ESOL, adult literacy, GED, or job training), borough, or ZIP code. Please remember that program offices are listed by borough, but they may have other classrooms throughout the City.
For more information about literacy and adult education programs in NYC, call 311 or visit online.
Free classes in English for speakers of other languages are offered at 20 branches of The New York Public Library in association with the Riverside Language Program, Inc.
Classes are held three times a year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and are for beginner and intermediate levels only.
- Registration is in person at the branch where the class is held.
- Registration is drawn by lot.
- Space is limited.
- Classes are open to adults (age 16 or over).
- Testing follows registration.
- Documentation is not required.
Literacy Partners – 212-725-9200
Provides free community-based adult and family literacy programs.
Literacy Hotline – 212-803-3333
Hotline that provides information and referrals for classes in Adult Basic Education, ESL, GED, computer training, job training. 9-5 Mon & Fri, 9-6 Tues-Thurs; English, Spanish and French.
Dial A Teacher – 212-777-3380
Free help with homework. Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French, Hatian-Creole, Greek, Hebrew, Korean, and Russian spoken. Call Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7pm
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