Who we are

We Speak NYC (formerly We Are New York) is the City’s English Language Learning program. We provide civic-focused instruction through videos, web and print materials, and free community classes in all five boroughs.

Our videos and materials highlight City services and have been used extensively in both formal and informal ESL classrooms as well as for self-study by English Language Learners (ELLs). The first season of We Speak NYC videos addresses such issues as education, health, emergency preparedness, and domestic violence, and won two NY Emmy Awards. The second season focuses on workforce development, adult education, early childhood education, worker rights, mental health, immigration legal help, and elder care and other social services.


What we do

We Speak NYC organizes conversation groups that meet in 7-10-week conversation classes in all five boroughs. The program has trained over 400 volunteers who have provided over 12,000 hours of community service in these classes. We welcome new volunteers and partners to the program.

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Season 2 launched!

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs announced the new season of We Speak NYC, the City’s Emmy Award-winning free English language learning program.

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The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs promotes the well-being of immigrant communities. We do this by aiming to enhance the economic, civic, and social integration of immigrant New Yorkers; facilitating access to justice for immigrant New Yorkers; and advocating for continued immigration reforms at all levels of government in order to eliminate inequities that impact New York’s immigrant communities.

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