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.

WINTER 2019 CLASS SCHEDULE January-April (Spring 2019 January-April)

  • 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 Tuesday January 20 and end Thursday April 18 (13 weeks.) / Desde Martes 20 de enero a Jueves 18 de abril, (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 and future tenses as well as to combine different 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 or telling stories about people's lives.
  • Spanish Level 3: Improve fluidity, vocabulary and overall understanding of spoken, read, and written Spanish. After one to two terms in Level 3, you will have built conversational ability in anticipation of Level 4. In this level, we focus more on practicing what you have learned in the previous two ones with readings, listening and many conversations.
  • Spanish Level 4: Use idiomatic Spanish 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 instructors and classmates, and the opportunity to express yourself in Spanish with confidence.

WINTER 2019 CLASS SCHEDULE January-April (Spring 2019 classes May-June)

  • Spanish Levels 1 and 2 meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:00pm, Tuesday January 22 - Tuesday April 16 (13 weeks.) PRICE: $195
  • Spanish Levels 3 and 4 meet Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:00pm, Thursday January 24 - Thursday April 18 (13 weeks.) PRICE: $195

CLASS REGISTRATION Tuesday January 8th, 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: Martes, 8 de enero 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 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.