You may also want to look at our resources for teachers, which include information that may be useful for students in ESOL, pre-HSE and HSE classes.

For All Adult Students

  • The Literacy Review
    The Literacy Review is an annual journal of writing from adult literacy programs throughout New York City. Students from adult education programs all over New York City are published in this journal. You can read stories from other students in journals from past years. To submit your story or poem, talk to an adult education teacher.

For ESOL Students

  • “We Are New York”: Learn English Online or on TV
    Practice your English with the “We Are New York” video series. Online access to videos, study guides, readers and magazines. Emmy-award winning series created by The CUNY Adult Literacy Program and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Adult Education.

  • ESOL Help
    Need help with English? Visit “ESOL Help,” a list of sites where you can practice your English for free online. Find links to New York City and state services for life goals such as citizenship, health, jobs, and college-going.


  • CUNY HSE Demo Class (Murphy Institute)
    Students in the HSE class at the Murphy Institute can use this link to get readings, assignments and notes from the class.

  • CUNY HSE Book Club
    Recommended books for pre-HSE and HSE students.

  • CUNY History Book Club
    Reviews of young adult historical fiction, trade books, websites and documentaries for learning history, listed by category.

  • CUNY Science Book Club
    A list of young adult and trade books for learning about HSE science topics, listed by category.

  • You Can Too!
    Get informed, get motivated, and give back. Watch more videos of adult learners at the “You Can Too!” website createdthrough a partnership of the New York City Council and former Mayor’s Office of Adult Education.

  • NYC College Line
    Find local programs in NYC and online resources for getting into and staying in college.

Student Stories

Listen to 3 CUNY Peter Jennings Laurel Award Scholarship winners as they describe going back to school.

Yohan Garcia (5:45)