ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages

Our English classes are offered at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Most students attend the same level more than once, so we make sure 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 and often break into pairs and groups to practice skills. Dialogues, games and lots of conversation help you develop fluency and confidence.

LEVEL 1 is our beginning class. You will learn how to talk and write about yourself, your home, and your daily activities, in the past and present. You’ll learn to ask and answer questions and carry on a simple conversation. You’ll learn the vocabulary you need to ask directions, go shopping, go to the doctor, and talk on the phone.

LEVEL 2 is our intermediate class. You will learn to use past, present and future tenses to describe a range of experiences, including your activities, likes and dislikes, and ideas and opinions. You’ll expand your vocabulary to talk with your children’s teachers or manage a job interview. You may write in a journal and prepare a resume. We’ll help you speak in a more natural way, so that you can converse with native English speakers and be more easily understood.

LEVEL 3 is our advanced class. You’ll learn to use complex sentences to connect ideas and actions in different times. You’ll analyze the subtle differences between words with similar meanings, to help you choose the right word for the right situation and express exactly what you want to say. You’ll read challenging fiction and journalism, enjoy podcasts and videos, and discuss current events. We help you improve accuracy and fluency, and gain confidence in social and work settings.


  • Classes begin the week of September 17 and end the week of December 10 (13 weeks.) / Clases de inglés: La semana de 17 septiembre a la semana de 10 10 diciembre, 13 semanas
  • All English classes (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) meet twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 to 9:00pm / Niveles bésico a avanzado, dos clases por semana, Martes y Jueves de 6:30 pm a 9:00 pm
  • Each class provides two hours of instruction, and a half hour of informal conversation over refreshments, with native Spanish and English speakers from our other classes.
  • Price: To be determined. / Costo: ___

CLASS REGISTRATION Wednesday September 12th, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 West 65 Street, Manhattan. When you register, a Centro teacher will ask you a few 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 to indicate your interest in taking a class, becoming a volunteer, or joining our mailing list ... or to ask any questions. A CentroNYC volunteer will respond promptly.Classes will also be announced on Centro's Meetup page.

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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.