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Classes to help English Language Learners

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) by NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) | Multiple providers

Actively recruiting

Services Improving English skills

Eligibility Adults, Young adults, Immigrants

Schedule No fixed amount of time, Varies

Last Updated Last updated on Jul 03, 2021

These free classes help NYC English Language Learners improve their English skills.

New Yorkers can take free virtual classes to help them improve their English language communication skills.

Who it's for Who it's for

Classes are free to participants who:

  • Are residents of New York City
  • Are low-income
  • Are at least 16 years old
  • Are not enrolled in school right now
  • Do not have a high school diploma, unless it’s a Foreign or IEP Degree
  • Cannot, speak, read, or write the English language well enough to participate in education or training programs in English

To help decide if you’re eligible, you must take a Best Plus test, which assesses English language skills. The program that you’re accepted into will receive your results.

Schedule Schedule

Classes are offered remotely for a minimum of 6 hours per week.

Next Steps

Find and connect to programs by visiting Discover DYCD. To find a provider on Discover DYCD:

  • Type in the Keyword Search “English for Speakers of Other Languages” to find a list of providers
  • Filter based on where providers are located
  • Reach out to providers directly by phone or email to learn more about their programs and how to apply
  • Create an account in DiscoverDYCD and apply online

While each provider has their own process, all applicants must complete an application and take a Best Plus test to determine proper placement in classes.