Public Engagement

Outreach Program

  • Please support the MA TESOL Outreach Program


    The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) Outreach Program was created in 2007 to provide free English language classes to immigrants and to provide New School MA TESOL teachers in training with the opportunity to gain invaluable teaching experience in the English language classroom. Since 2007, it has grown exponentially into a respected community-based organization, with classes year-round throughout New York City. The MA TESOL summer intensive program gives student teachers the unique opportunity to teach in the Outreach Program on-site at The New School.


    Teaching non-English speaking adults to become proficient in English is a critical step to integrating them and enabling them to enhance their opportunities for employment, become self-sufficient and self-confident, and achieve success.

    It is the mission of the Outreach Program to remove the language barrier, which hampers progress. For adults who are also parents, difficulties in using English can also take a toll on their confidence and self-esteem. They feel disenfranchised once their children's English skills surpass their own. This can cause not only conflict within the family but also reliance on children to serve as interpreters and even act as advocates for their parents.

    Why Support Us?

    Many new immigrants do not have the financial means to pay for language classes. The teachers in our Outreach language classes are New School MA TESOL teachers in training, program alumni, New School faculty, and volunteers.  

    By giving to the Outreach Program, you’re helping us to:

    • Provide free English language classes to underserved communities at The New School and in community partner sites 
    • Provide the English language learners with books and learning materials 

    • Put in place a robust staffing structure to ensure program growth, through identifying and developing new partnerships with community organizations in need

    • Develop effective promotional materials to ensure that our free classes reach those who need them and to help us recruit more volunteer teachers

    More Information

    If you are interested in finding out more about the program, please email Roshii Jolly, Outreach Coordinator, at

    Please support the MA TESOL Outreach Program.