The City provides educational services to students who speak a language other than English at home and are not yet proficient in English.

If a school does not have a bilingual program, parents may select another school in the same school district that does have a program.

English Language Learners (ELL) programs include:

  • Transitional Bilingual Education: Instruction is in two languages. As English proficiency increases, the percentage of instruction in English increases.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL): Instruction is in English with native language support.
  • Dual Language: Instruction is 50 percent in English, 50 percent in another language. The program is designed for ELL and English proficient students.

Please provide your contact information when requesting assistance with these programs.

Learn more about English Language Learners Programs.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance by phone.

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

"We Are New York" is a show for people learning English. You can watch this show on Channels 25 and 74. You can find schedule information online. 

Learn more at We Speak NYC.

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