Friday, April 18, 2014

Contacting people on the waiting list to be tested....


We are slowly contacting people on the waiting list in the order that they applied. We are up to the end of March. I am emailing people on the list asking them to make appointments with me to take the test to start classes in late April or early May. Classes will finish at the end of June.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014 Classes are FULL now

All of the classes at Hartley House are now full. You can still apply online and if we have space that opens up in late April or May we might contact you....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

YES, we DO have class today Thursday, February 13, 2014

NYC Public Schools are open today. School has NOT been canceled. See you all in class....

Monday, January 27, 2014

Waiting list for March

We are currently accepting applications to start class in March of 2014 through June 2014.
At the moment classes are full and we are not taking anymore new people in February. But apply today to take the test for our classes in March!

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Classes are free to people aged 21 and over who have  a New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, etc) address. You must have a NYC address when you fill out the registration form.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Intermediate Class at Hartley House !!

New intermediate class at Hartley House with Marc. This class will teach all four skills of English (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). There will also be some grammar in the class. This ESL class will try to mix in the appreciation and study of art into the lessons. So if you like to be creative and enjoy art, this might be the perfect class for you!

The class begins on January 2nd, 2014 and will meet at Hartley House from 12-3 pm Monday through Friday. If you're interested in Marc's class, when you complete the application below please choose his intermediate class.

You can also apply for Andy's p.m. class for January if you are advanced. These classes emphasize listening and speaking and involve using some technology in the class. And these classes use history and current events in order to improve the students' English. (AM classes are currently full: check back at the end of January or early February).

So we have a variety of classes at Hartley House in order to help you improve your English for free. If you want a more artistic/creative approach, apply for Marc's class. If you're more interested in current events, history, technology and improving your listening and speaking then apply for Andy's class.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Gale is another teacher in my program and she teaches the intermediate level and has a free class in the Lower East Side. I teach advanced classes only at Hartley House.

If you need an intermediate level class, please choose that class in the online application.

Gale has open seats now in her class. Apply today!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Apply Online now

Class begins on January 2nd, 2014 

The PM class meets from 12:30 PM to 4:12 PM Monday through Friday.

Classes will emphasize listening and speaking and will use history, current events, American culture and as topics. The teacher, Andrew, is also very interested in integrating mobile technology (such as iPhones/iPads) into the class.

We will also help you improve your reading and writing and try to help you prepare to either study at a university or to get a job.

Apply today!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Listen to Andy's students & former students talk about the classes

Go to my other blog here if you want to see and listen to more videos of my former students talking about their experiences learning English with me at Hartley House.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Free ESL Classes

I teach free ESL classes that emphasize listening and speaking while learning about history, science, current events and vocabulary through the use of technology in the class. Classes are based on the common core and help students develop their English, self-confidence, and critical thinking skills. We not only help you improve your skills in English but we also help you prepare to go to college and to get a job.

Part of the material that Andy will be using in class include two video series from the history channel: 
1) Mankind: The Story of All of Us (12 episodes)
2) Big History (17 episodes)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Daytime Classes

All my advanced ESL classes emphasize oral skills. We use history, American culture, technology, science to improve our English skills and to give us many topics so the classes are always fresh and never boring.

Note: It is very helpful for the class if you already have your own PC, regular internet access, have a gmail account to use Google services, and at least know how to make a slide show with power point and Google presentations ( ).

Andy's advanced AM class meets from 8:30 to 12:00 pm Monday through Friday. My advanced PM class meets from 12:30 to 4:12 pm Monday through Friday. Both classes start on September 10th, 2012. These daytime classes meet at Hartley House (Andy does NOT teach any night or Saturday classes).

Have more questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions  (FAQs) here.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Directions to Hartley House


Hartley House
is located at 413 W.46th Street. This is on the West Side of Manhattan near 9th Avenue. The closest subway stop is the 42nd street stop of the blue IND line (A,C, or E trains). If you are coming downtown, sit in the last car and go out the 44th Street exit. You will be at 44th Street and 8th Avenue.

You can also take the N, Q, or R trains to 49th street and go out at the the 47th Street exit. You will be at 47th Street and 7th Avenue.

Or you may take any train that goes to Times Square, 42nd Street. The school is a short walk away.

Hopstop is a great free service that will give you subway or directions to go places in NYC. Enter the address you want to go (413 West 46th Street, NYC, NY 10036) and the address that you are coming from and they will give you travel directions.

See a hopstop map here: 413 West 46th Street

Sunday, June 03, 2012

We CANNOT give I-20s

I am sorry, we cannot give you an I-20 student visa. We are a free program from the NYC Department of Education. We DO NOT give out student visas. If you need a visa, you will need to go to a program where you need to PAY. Some colleges can give you a visa to study ESL. And many private schools in NYC can give you a student visa. WE cannot give you an I-20 visa. I also cannot recommend any specific schools that can give you a visa either. Sorry.

Have more questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions  (FAQs) here.  

Friday, June 01, 2012

Contact Info

See my complete blog here at You can find information about my free ESL classes there including the schedule and you can also sign up for the waiting list. If you would like to see videos of my former students talking about the classes you go here:

If you still have questions after reading all the information at, and you need more information, please contact me by email at:
Reading emails is much easier for me and it is easier to keep track of our conversations that way).

But please, do read this whole blog before emailing me. I spent a lot of time trying to answer your questions here and more than likely your questions are already answered in this blog.

Street View of Hartley House Area