Free English, GED and Basic Education classes in New York

Definitions: ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages); GED (General Educational Development credential); ABE (Adult Basic Education – basic literacy)

Below are several large programs and directories with free ESOL, GED and ABE classes for immigrants in New York City

This website is supported by DYCD, DOE and SBS. ESOL, GED and ABE programs in New York City can be searched by zip code.

ESL classes at five levels for non-native English speaking adults in the New York City area. You must be 18 years or older at the time of enrollment. Classes are free of charge, but students are expected to purchase 1-2 books. It’s a 12 week program, Monday through Thursday, and students may attend class from 4:00pm – 6:00pm or 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Various classes, activities and support for English learners in Brooklyn.

ESOL classes are free for all immigrants there. Two locations for classes in Manhattan. Please note their new address on their Facebook page.

Though classes are for a small fee at the New International Center, there are a small amount of scholarships (free memberships) available for new immigrants.

This school on Upper West Side provides free Intensive English Classes for new immigrants (2 years or less in the country). Various levels. Very good quality and established program.

Online comprehensive directory includes up-to-date directory of adult education programs, ESOL, ABE and GED.

Contact the Center to learn about current ESOL schedule as well as about the specialized ESOL classes for medical professionals like nurses and doctors, as well as accountants.

  •  Brooklyn Public Library, ESOL and pre-GED

ESOL: The library provides free ESOL/Civics classes for adults 17 and older whose first language is not English. The Library offers beginner and intermediate classes.

Pre-GED:  Part-time Pre-GED classes meet two days per week for a total of 6 hours in libraries throughout Brooklyn. Evening, daytime, and weekend classes are available.

ESOL Classes are held year-round in four 10-week cycles: Fall (mid September), Winter (end of January), Spring (early April) and Summer (end of June). Classes are for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level students.

ESOL Classes are held year-round. Classes are for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level students.

Free ESOL, BE, and GED classes are offered at CUNY’s 14 campuses mornings, evenings, and weekends. Registration is ongoing throughout the year.

The New York City Office of Adult and Continuing Education (OACE) is the largest provider of adult literacy education services in the state. An integral part of the New York City Department of Education’s District 79 – Alternative Schools and Programs.

2 Comments on “Free English, GED and Basic Education classes in New York”

  1. […] We have also compiled a list of schools and organization as well as databases where you can find both English classes at various levels and conversation groups. The list was published on this blog earlier here. […]

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