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Historic Tenement Museum brings to life NYC's immigrant story for English learners

  • Educator Pedro Garcia, left, talks with immigrants during Shared Journeys, a workshop in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, run by the Tenement Museum, on New York's Lower East Side, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Held in a restored 4-story tenement building that housed 7,000 working class immigrants between 1863 and 1935, the program invites them to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting the restored tenement apartments and then sharing and talking about their own experiences. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Educator Pedro Garcia, left, talks with immigrants during Shared Journeys, a workshop in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, run by the Tenement Museum, on New York's Lower East Side, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Held in a restored 4-story tenement building that housed 7,000 working class immigrants between 1863 and 1935, the program invites them to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting the restored tenement apartments and then sharing and talking about their own experiences. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Educator Pedro Garcia, center, talks with immigrants during Shared Journeys, a workshop in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, run by the Tenement Museum, on New York's Lower East Side, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Held in a restored 4-story tenement building that housed 7,000 working class immigrants between 1863 and 1935, the program invites them to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting the restored tenement apartments and then sharing and talking about their own experiences. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Educator Pedro Garcia, center, talks with immigrants during Shared Journeys, a workshop in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, run by the Tenement Museum, on New York's Lower East Side, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Held in a restored 4-story tenement building that housed 7,000 working class immigrants between 1863 and 1935, the program invites them to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting the restored tenement apartments and then sharing and talking about their own experiences. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Educator Pedro Garcia, second from right, accompanied by immigrants of Shared Journeys, a workshop in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, run by the Tenement Museum, talks with Kathleen Fletcher, center, portraying 14-year-old tenement resident Victoria Confino, on New York's Lower East Side, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Held in a restored 4-story tenement building that housed 7,000 working class immigrants between 1863 and 1935, the program invites them to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting the restored tenement apartments and then sharing and talking about their own experiences. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Educator Pedro Garcia, second from right, accompanied by immigrants of Shared Journeys, a workshop in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, run by the Tenement Museum, talks with Kathleen Fletcher, center, portraying 14-year-old tenement resident Victoria Confino, on New York's Lower East Side, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Held in a restored 4-story tenement building that housed 7,000 working class immigrants between 1863 and 1935, the program invites them to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting the restored tenement apartments and then sharing and talking about their own experiences. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

A New York City museum invites immigrants learning English to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting their restored tenement apartments in lower Manhattan and then sharing their own experiences.

The program at The Tenement Museum is called Shared Journeys. It's a series of workshops in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL. The museum is in a restored 4-story tenement building that housed 7,000 working class immigrants between 1863 and 1935.

Seven of the apartments are restored. Actors play real-life tenants, including a 14-year-old Jewish girl who lived in one of the tiny three-room apartments with nine family members. Conversations with ESOL participants center on topics such as jobs, housing and religion.