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The Opening Word is a literacy program which teaches the English language to immigrant women who are part of a population which is undereducated and/or underemployed. By opening the meaning of English words to those eager to learn, the program helps them to free themselves to live as productive members of society in the United States.
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To get to our main office, click on the link below:
The Opening Word
1434 Straight Path
Wyandanch, NY 11798
- The application for naturalization costs $595 plus an additional $85 for fingerprints for a total of $680. 

- The application to register for permanent residence costs $985 and an additional $85 for a total of $1070. 

-According to UNICEF's 2006 report:

      *Female literacy rates across the world were marked at 72% while male literacy rates were noted at 84%.

       *Female literacy rates in the least developed countries were identified at only 45%; male literacy rates wererecorded at 63%.


Among our students:

-many are employed full or part time.

-all those employed earn below the poverty level for the region,even if they have two jobs.

-immigrant students include many professionals who lefteverything for various reasons and now hold low paying jobs until they can learn enough English to apply forlicenses in this country.

-the level of education of all students range from thebarely literate to those with advanced degrees. 

-many countries are represented. Students hail fromHaiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, El Salvador,Columbia, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, Poland, Korea,Pakistan, and China.

"Our commitment 
is not to a
course of study, 
but to the person. 
Therefore, 
our approach 
is completely 
individualized 
to the needs 
and progress 
of that person." 
​"When I attend classes, I feel I am at my best, comfortable with my teachers and classmates who are now my friends... I have gained confidence that my life will keep getting better." 
-- A former student