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Can you join our classes?

If you live in New York City and are an immigrant, refugee or applicant for permanent residence or political asylum, you could
be eligible to enroll for English language classes at Riverside.

We have been given notice to leave our home of 37 years by July 31!

So we're  in urgent need of around 5,000 sq ft of space for 4 classrooms, a language lab and workshop. Spread the word and help us find a new home.


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Riverside Language Program
can give you the skills
to help you

three decades of success

The Riverside Language Program offers free classes of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to documented, recently-arrived immigrant and refugee adults from all over the world who are currently living in New York City.

Our intensive ESOL classes (5 hours a day) encourage adults to make rapid progress in English, allowing them to participate more fully in American life in the shortest possible time.

We also serve as a site for professional development and training for teachers interested in ESOL best practices with a specialty in Silent Way and Counseling Learning approaches.  We offer monthly Observation Days as well as six-week Teaching Practicum opportunities.

The Riverside Language Program has been commended by New York State as a model program for ESOL and profiled in The New York Times.




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