Edible Alphabet

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center. 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 delicious recipe every week.

Edible Alphabet offers students a chance to improve their English skills while cooking new recipes and eating delicious foods. The program is offered both at the Parkway Central Library and in our Neighborhood Libraries.

For more on the Free Library's services for English language learners including bilingual and foreign language print and electronic resources, information on citizenship, health and wellness, and other resources, visit the Free Library's New Americans page.

Register for Edible Alphabet now!

Please click here to sign-up for an upcoming Edible Alphabet course. You can also call the Culinary Literacy Center for more information at 215-686-5323 or email kitchen@freelibrary.org.

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English Conversation Group

Mon, July 15, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Please join us for a free conversation hour as you build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may involve small talk, holidays and customs, and common slang. Participants will get to practice speaking in a casual environment and meet other international adults. This program will be held…

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Advanced ESL Class

Mon, July 15, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Walnut Street West

PEDAL@GSE ESL Classes are FREE for adults (17 years+); Registration is preferred. REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE LIBRARY. Classes sponsored by the Penn GSE Educational Linguistics Division.

Adult Senior New Americans New Americans ESL

English Classes

Mon, July 15, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Tacony Library

Learn how to speak English! Rolling admission/Walk-ins welcome! Taught by IndoChinese American Council. For more information, please call 215-457-0272 x. 108.  

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Intermediate ESL Class

Wed, July 17, 2019 12:00 P.M.
Walnut Street West

PEDAL@GSE ESL Classes are FREE for adults (17 years+); Registration is preferred. REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE LIBRARY. Classes sponsored by the Penn GSE Educational Linguistics Division.

Adult Senior New Americans New Americans ESL

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By Community-Centered Libraries   November 6, 2018    1

Do you want to improve your English skills? Are you interested in cooking new recipes and eating delicious food? If so, the Culinary Literacy Center has the class for you! Edible Alphabet is a free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center. The mission is to teach… continue reading

By Lindsay S.   June 18, 2018    1

A version of this post was originally printed in the Southwest Globe Times on Friday, September 8, 2017.  In today’s employment landscape, English proficiency has become essential to economic opportunity. Adult English instruction leads to more productive work and better outcomes for immigrants, their children, our… continue reading

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