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NY pilots program to teach English via mobile phones

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a program that will give English language learners free access to self-paced audio and text lessons through their mobile phones.

The program, which is the first of its kind in the United States, is aimed at immigrants who do not have the time or the access to learn English through a traditional classroom, a computer or the Internet.

The New York State Office for New Americans will partner with Cell-Ed to run the program. When learners call a Cell-ED number from their cell phone, they can listen to a lesson, then review the lesson via text and text-back responses. The program is free to the learner (excluding any minute or text charges from  user’s mobile phone provider) and available 24 hours a day.

 “This innovative program will assist the Latino community in accessing English language instruction at a time that works best for them.” said Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation. “Through Cell Ed, immigrants interested in increasing their English language abilities will not have to miss out on instruction by utilizing this tool that will work around their schedules. We are extremely excited to offer Cell Ed to our network of ESL service providers.”

The program will initially be launched in the Finger Lakes and North Country regions of upstate New York, and downstate in the Hudson Valley and in New York City.

Posted by Derek Major on May 18, 2015 at 1:14 PM


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