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    NYC’s Oldest Language Institute Closes at Queens College

    Amidst the disorienting effects of the coronavirus pandemic, many seemingly smaller personal tragedies have gone unnoticed. These encompass a number of harsh economic blows, such as nearly 110,000 small American businesses shutting down, or even closer to home – the ESL (English as a Second Language) department of Queens College closing its doors. The English Language Institute (ELI) of Queens College, also referred to as the English as a Second Language department, is the oldest language institute in New York City, and the second oldest in the entire United States. According to their webpage, they have been active since 1945 and serve to provide an easier transition for immigrants seeking…

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    Language barrier within QC language classes

    “[Queens] is the capital of language density of the world,” stated Daniel Kaufman, an adjunct professor of linguistics at the Graduate Center of CUNY.  However, the language density is not represented within the CUNY schools in Queens nor in our public schools in New York City. New York City is home to as many as 800 languages. Most of the languages spoken reside in Queens: approximately 138 languages are residents of Queens, which is listed as the most diverse borough, according to a 2000 Census. Queens College offers a lot of language classes, but not enough to reflect the actual borough itself. Those lacking representation in Queens College might find…