Newcomers to America share many common experiences, present and past. The Shared Journeys program is a series of eleven educational workshops for Adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes that provides a unique context for English language learning, helps students place their own immigration experience within a broader historical and political framework, and promotes critical engagement with civic issues. Each workshop includes a tour of a restored tenement apartment at 97 or 103 Orchard Street, and discussion about the connections between immigrant experiences, past and present. Thanks to our supporters, Shared Journeys is offered on a cost-free basis to participants and groups.
As an addition to a Shared Journeys workshop, we invite classes to share stories of their own and become part of the museum by participating in Your Story, Our Story.
You can participate in one, all, or a combination of the workshop topics, in any order. Most workshops are appropriate for intermediate to advanced ESOL students; some can be adapted to beginner-level students.