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Learn English On Your Phone: Andrew Cuomo Announces ESL Program For NY Spanish-Speakers - Latin Times

By Cedar Attanasio | Apr 28 2015, 3:09PM EDT

Plenty of politicians think that immigrants should learn English, but now one of them is doing something about it. This week Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) made his state the first to offer English lessons via cellphone as a part of a pilot program run by the social venture Cell-ED. The first phase of the program, directed at Spanish speakers in selected New York counties, reportedly costs the state a mere $14,000. The program will be free for participants, aside from the cost of minutes and text messages on their phones. Cuomo’s administration hope that the English lessons will help struggling immigrant who hope to improve their English but don’t have time to attend classes in person.

“Anyone that wants to learn English should have the opportunity to do so,” Governor Cuomo said. “By dramatically increasing the chances for people to learn and practice English, we are making it easier for them to improve their economic livelihood and build a better life. I am proud that New York is launching this first-of-its-kind program and leading the way in expanding opportunity for all people.” 

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