Languages and Learning Center | Hearing from Our Adult Learners

By Lindsay S. RSS Fri, September 20, 2019

This week marks the launch of the Languages and Learning Center at Parkway Central Library, a center dedicated to supporting the individual learning goals of Philadelphia’s adults.

For the past several months, we have piloted relevant and engaging programs for adult learners throughout Philadelphia in the areas of adult basic education (ABE), English language learning (ELL), world language learning, and digital literacy. Here’s what our participants had to say about the programs they took part in:

"Participating in the Beginner Spanish Learning Circle has expanded by vocabulary and helped me with my interactions in Spanish (and with people in general). I’ve made new friends and met new people. I will definitely be back for the Intermediate Spanish Learning Circle in the fall." – K.T. (participant)

"Volunteering with the Beginner Spanish Learning Circle inspired me to keep working on my English skills and never give up. Thank you!" – D.T. (volunteer)

"Leamos has helped me so much. I have lived my entire life without being able to read, and it's been hard. Leamos has helped me read and fill out the forms at the doctor's office. Now, for the first time, I'm able to recognize the mail that comes to my house." – T.A. (program graduate)

"Taking English classes at the library has taught me so much. Not just vocabulary and how to use the library, but also about the people from all over the world who live in this city." – V.S. (participant). 

"I appreciated the hands-on assistance and the orientation to the Free Library e-resources like Learning Express and Mango Languages that I can share with my students" – A.A. (participant)

"The adult literacy book club helped me feel more confident reading in a group and reading in general. This program helped me enjoy reading!" – B.T. (participant)

The Languages and Learning Center looks forward to continuing to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity for adult learners throughout Philadelphia. Come check us out!

For more information or to contact the Languages and Learning Center, please call 215-686-8664 or email

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