ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages

We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced English classes for adults in the evenings. Most students attend the same level more than once, so each semester includes review as well as new topics and activities. With two teachers in each class, you’ll get plenty of individual attention. Our English classes include activities to strengthen your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. We help you learn grammar and polish your pronunciation. Lessons organized around themes related to your daily life and work help you learn useful vocabulary. We encourage participation. We often break into pairs and groups to practice skills. Dialogues, games and lots of conversation help you develop fluency and confidence.

  • BEGINNER Talk and write about yourself, your home, and your daily activities, in the past and present. Ask and answer questions and carry on simple conversations. Learn vocabulary to ask directions, go shopping, go to the doctor, and talk on the phone.
  • INTERMEDIATE Use past, present and future tenses to describe experiences, daily activities, likes and dislikes, and ideas and opinions. Expand your vocabulary to talk with your children’s teachers or manage a job interview. Write in a journal and prepare a resume. Learn to converse with native English speakers and be more easily understood.
  • ADVANCED Use complex sentences to connect ideas and actions in different times. Learn to choose the right word for the right situation and express exactly what you want to say. Read challenging essays, enjoy podcasts and videos, and discuss current events. Improve accuracy and fluency, and gain confidence in social and work settings.

FALL 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE (Spring 2019 classes begin mid-January)

  • All English classes meet twice a week, Tuesday AND Thursday, 6:30 to 9:00pm / Dos clases por semana, Martes Y Jueves de 6:30 pm a 9:00 pm
  • All English classes begin Thursday September 20 and end Thursday December 20 (13 weeks.) / Desde Jueves 20 de septiembre a Jueves 20 de diciembre, (13 semanas)
  • Price: $75 one-time payment or $80 for 4 installments of $20; New students pay $65 / Costo: Pago unico de $75 o 4 pagos de $20 cada uno ($80 en total); Estudiantes nuevos pagan $65

Our Spanish Language Program

Our Spanish classes attract new and advanced learners at four levels. Each class is taught by two native Spanish speakers, so you will receive plenty of personal attention. During your nightly break, you can enjoy refreshment and conversation with native Spanish speakers studying in our English classes. Spanish classes meet one evening a week and are divided into grammar and practice. Outside of class, your teachers may plan excursions to movies and plays, and they stay in touch with you by weekly emails.

  • Spanish Level 1: You will be introduced to the Spanish language, as you form and answer questions and hold conversations on topics such as family, home, food, health and employment. Through interactive dialogues, games and songs, you’ll practice the structure of simple sentences in the present tense.
  • Spanish Level 2: Expand your vocabulary and learn to use past tenses and to combine tenses. Participate in discussions, songs and games and improve reading and writing skills, with more understanding of the formation of sentences and phrases. Lessons focus on practical situations such as ordering in a restaurant, planning a trip, visiting the doctor and employment.
  • Spanish Level 3: Improve fluidity, vocabulary and overall understanding of spoken and written Spanish. After one to two terms in Level 3, you will have built conversational ability in anticipation of Level 4.
  • Spanish Level 4: Use idiomatic Spanish and to discuss complex topics such as current events. Level 4 students are already familiar with the structures of Spanish grammar, so your needs determine the grammar focus of the class. In an upbeat environment, enjoy the support of your instructor and classmates, and the opportunity to express yourself in Spanish with confidence.

FALL 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE (Spring 2019 classes begin mid-January)

  • Spanish Levels 1 and 2 meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:00pm, Tuesday September 25 - Tuesday December 18 (13 weeks.) PRICE: $195
  • Spanish Levels 3 and 4 meet Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:00pm, Thursday September 20 - Thursday December 20 (13 weeks.) PRICE: $195

CLASS REGISTRATION Wednesday September 12th, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 West 65 Street, Manhattan. A Centro teacher will ask you questions to help you join the right class. / Día de matrícula: miíercoles, 12 de septiembre de 6:30 pm a 8:30 pm. Visítanos en cualquier momento en ese horario para conocer nuestros profesores y tomar un examen de clasificación.

EMAIL US AT info@centronyc.org with any questions or to join our mailing list. A CentroNYC volunteer will respond promptly. Classes are also announced on Centro's Meetup page.

Why I study at Centro

For me, Centro means I can study English easily, without fear of making mistakes all because the atmosphere is wonderful in this school. At Centro I overcame my fear, my barrier. Teachers and students in Centro feel happy and enjoy communication with each other and that makes Centro special. Luba B.

¿Por qué enseño español en el centro?

Mi nombre es Mónica, soy voluntaria en esta organización desde 2013. Aquí recibo el apoyo y la camaradería de todos sus integrantes. Todos somos voluntarios responsables y trabajadores logrando que esta entidad se mantenga de pie. El objetivo principal es colaborar con inmigrantes. Siento un enorme placer de pertenecer a este equipo entusiasta que trabaja con amor y dedicación, brindando lo mejor motivado por el espíritu de solidaridad.