Learning English is one of the biggest challenges facing refugees when they arrive in the United States. Luckily, there are a variety of resources in the Capital Region to help refugees learn English. In the Capital Region, the following organizations offer English Language classes (variously called ESL, ESOL or ENL).
Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) provides free adult English language for intermediate and advanced English language learners. For registration, call (518) 862-4707.
Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC)provides free, confidential, one-to-one and small group tutoring in English for adults (18 years and older) in the Albany and Troy areas. Contact LVORC by phone at (518) 244-4650 (Troy) or (518) 434-0540 (Albany). Online or distance Learning is also available. Call (518) 244-4650 or send an email to LitVolDirector@aol.com.
Also, the ONA has a free cell phone app called Cell-Ed. Study English anytime, anywhere, at your own level on any cell phone. On your cell phone, download the Cell-Ed app, enter your phone number, click continue, create a password, enter the pin 66301 and choose the English Language class at your level.
Refugee Welcome Corporation (RWC) The RWC provides adult English language classes. Child care is available for the students. For more information call (518) 603-7608 or contact RWC through its website, here.