Monday, February 09, 2015

A few PM spots available

My a.m. class is full right now. I'm not taking any new students from my a.m. class; however I do still have five spots available for new students in my p.m. class. Please apply online quickly to try to get a spot to be tested possibly in late February or early March.

My PM class meets five days a week from Monday through Friday and it starts at 12:30 PM and finishes at 4:12 PM. Students are expected to attend at least 80% of the classes each month and to attend at least a minimum of three months.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Classes basically full...

We have a LOT of people who have applied and and who will be tested in the months of January and February....we probably will be full soon.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Want to prepare in the summer for my classes? We use "quizlet" in class....

Practice with the teacher's voice...

Get the quizlet app for free for iphone here.Get the quizlet app for free for android here. Search for nycesl in the app to find vocabulary for my classes.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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