The Languages and Learning Center offers relevant and engaging programs and resources for English language learners. Here are 7 great ways we can help you learn, improve, and speak English!
Attend an English Conversation Circle
Join us for weekly conversation hours across the city and build your confidence in speaking English. Practice your speaking skills in a casual, relaxed environment with a friendly and encouraging group. All are welcome at this free program. We currently offer Conversation Circles at Independence, Walnut Street West, Charles Santore, Parkway Central, South Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Thomas F. Donatucci, and Kensington Libraries.
Sign-up for Mango Languages
Mango Languages is a fantastic online resource for language learning that you can access for free with your library card. You can access this program on a library computer, at home on a personal computer, or download the app for your phone. Mango Languages offers online English language practice with instructions in 21 different languages!
Watch a Movie (with the subtitles on – in English!)
Your Free Library card gives you access to thousands of DVDs, including language learning programs, documentaries, television shows, and feature films. You can check out up to 10 DVDs at a time to practice your English listening comprehension. You can also access streaming movies online through Hoopla and Kanopy. Try alternating between watching with English subtitles on and then really testing your comprehension with the subtitles off.
Listen to an Audiobook
Listening to a book read aloud (either on a CD, computer, or smartphone) can help increase English proficiency. You can access audiobooks online with your Free Library card through Overdrive/Libby, RB Digital, and Hoopla. Try checking out the same book in audio and print form so you can read along for extra practice!
Check Out an English Language Learning Textbook, Dictionary, or Workbook
The Free Library has hundreds of language learning textbooks, dictionaries, workbooks, CDs, and DVDs. Stop by the Languages and Learning Center or your local neighborhood library to check out our collections.
Come to an English Class
The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts beginner, intermediate, and advanced English classes across the city, including some through partnerships with community organizations and others run by dedicated volunteers. It’s usually a good idea to call the library to check about the registration process before you attend your first class. No library English classes near you? Call the Office of Adult Education to learn about more free ELL classes across the city.
Join Edible Alphabet!
Looking for an English class with a twist? Edible Alphabet offers students a chance to improve their English skills while cooking delicious food. The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. Students will learn vocabulary and grammar, as well as practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English while cooking a new recipe every week. The program is free and is offered at both the Parkway Central Library and in our neighborhood libraries. We will be starting class at Lawncrest Library in Northeast Philadelphia at the end of February – register to join us for this fun and creative English class!
We hope to see you at the library soon! For more information about adult education and English Language Learning, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Languages and Learning Center at 215-686-8664