NY launches free phone English lessons for immigrants

April 28, 2015
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By The Korea Times New York staff

New York is offering a new 24/7 free program, Cell-Ed, to teach English via phone calls and text messages.

Sponsored by New York’s Office for New Americans, the program is an alternative to those who may not be comfortable with apps or online courses. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the program Monday.

According to the New York Immigration Coalition, all users need is a cellphone, smart or basic. Users can listen to a pre-recorded voice lesson and respond via text. Live teachers are available on call.

“Everyone can benefit from this course, from people who do not have time or access to in-person classes to those who would like extra support with their ongoing classes,” NYIC wrote on its website.

Pilot courses will be available first to those in New York City, Hudson Valley, North Country and Finger Lakes.

For more information, call 1-800-566-7636.