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Adult Literacy Program


165 Eldridge Street 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10002
(212) 941-0041
(347) 803-1788


Program contact: 
Jeff Lau

Adult Literacy Program

The Adult Literacy Program opened its doors to students in 1998 because community members were determined to overcome language barriers and to assimilate into the American mainstream. Since then, the program has developed and grown both in our number of students and the scope of our services. Classes are provided for more than 500 students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens annually.

Our Adult Literacy Program aims to provide the highest quality English instruction to our students in a safe and welcoming environment. Through our program, students will gain practical, everyday English skills that are critical to a better quality of life in the U.S.

The program's primary focus and activities include: free English classes in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn; daily practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; daily practice of useful, real-life skills; and job development, college preparation, citizenship workshops, and social supports offered to all students. The requirements to participate in this program are: 1) Must be at least 18 years old and not in school; 2) Must be an immigrant and living in New York City; 3) Must be pre-screened by a teacher for reading and writing level


Last year, our program had 1308 community members seeking ESL classes and 39 classes teaching basic, intermediate, and advanced level classes.


This program is funded by NYC's Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), and the NY State Office for New Americans (ONA).