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The ability to communicate in English has a great effect on the ability of recent immigrants to adjust to life in their adopted city and country. For these and others with limited English proficiency, communication and literacy skills lead to an understanding of the city's culture and political system, and enhance the enjoyment of being a New Yorker.

AAFSC's Adult Education and Literacy Program offers instruction in English as a Second Language, American civics and citizenship, and women's literacy classes. Adults who attend classes improve interpersonal communications skills, literacy skills in both Arabic and English, and their understanding of American culture. While all adults of any age are eligible to enroll, an emphasis has been made to enroll women who have limited educational opportunities due to cultural constraints. Students also participate in conversation classes and partnerships, where they meet and speak with people from other cultures and learn about America's diversity. They are encouraged to participate in other educational opportunities in the community, such as computer training, GED preparation, job training, and resume writing.


The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.  © 2017 All Rights Reserved.

AAFSC Brooklyn
150 Court Street, 3rd Flr
Brooklyn, NY 11201
T: 718 - 643 - 8000
F: 718 - 797 - 0410
AAFSC Queens
37-10 30th Street, 2nd Fl.

Queens, NY 11101
T: 718 - 937 - 8000
F: 347 - 808 - 8778
AAFSC @ the Family Justice Centers
FJC Bronx (718) 508-1220
FJC Brooklyn (718) 250 - 5035
FJC Manhattan (212) 602-2800
FJC Queens (718) 575 - 4500
FJC Staten Island (718) 697 - 4300