English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center

The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center  (ARNIC), is a FREE program that helps recent immigrants participate fully in American society.

ARNIC members enjoy exclusive access to the Center's events and classes throughout the year, including: 

  • ENGLISH IN ACTION: one-to-one English conversation practice sessions
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE "TUNE-UP" CLASSES: short structured English classes at higher intermediate to advanced levels on various aspects of business English such as grammar, writing, reading and speaking
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE BOOT CAMP: three-week intensive English classes two times a year
  • WORKSHOPS: training and information on practical issues like college applications, job search, medical insurance and other
  • CULTURAL INTEREST PROGRAMS:  cultural programs, networking events, excursions and field trips to museums, theater and sporting events.

Who can apply

Criteria for a FREE one-year membership:

  • NEW IMMIGRANT: US. Lawful Permanent Resident (a "green card" holder) or asylee/refugee for 2 years or less*
  • INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH: ability to speak and understand intermediate English
  • TIME COMMITMENT: able to dedicate at least 5 hours a week to Center's programs, events and activities
  • LOW-INCOME: no income or income less than $17,000/year per person (i.e. a married couple could qualify with an income of $34,000/year)

* Asylum-seekers may also qualify.


How to Apply

We are currently registering new members. If you would like to join ARNIC, you must attend an orientation session.

We will have orientation/registration sessions on:

  • Friday, January 26, at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, February 2, at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, February 16, at 3:00 pm
  • Friday, March 2, at 3:00 pm 
  • Friday, March 16, at 3:00 pm
  • Friday, March 30, at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, April 6, at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, April 13, at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, May 4, at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, May 11, at 2:00 pm

You do not need to register in advance for a session. Sessions last two hours. Please arrive on time. Latecomers cannot be accommodated!

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please email Karl Hart, khart@esuus.org to set up an individual appointment.


The English-Speaking Union is conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan at 144 East 39th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). 

Program activities take place Monday through Saturday.