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.

Our library card applications are also available in the following languages on our Library Card Application page: Español (Spanish), 汉语 (Chinese), Việt (Vietnamese), Русский (Russian), Français (French), and عربي(Arabic).

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Advanced ESL Class

Mon, September 23, 2019 5:00 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

Intermediate ESL Class

Wed, September 25, 2019 12:30 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

Conversational ESL

Wed, September 25, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Walnut Street West

Join our new Conversation Group at the Walnut Street West Library to practice your English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. 

Adult Young Adult Senior New Americans New Americans ESL

Advanced ESL Class

Mon, September 30, 2019 5:00 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

Let's Speak English: Free Conversation Circle

Thu, October 17, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Paschalville Library

Meet other adult English learners for conversation on Thursdays at 5:30 PM. Topics may involve small talk, holidays, customs, and common slang. Practice in a casual environment—no exams! Program is free and all learners are welcome.

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans New Americans ESL

Let's Speak English: Free Conversation Circle

Thu, October 24, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Paschalville Library

Meet other adult English learners for conversation on Thursdays at 5:30 PM. Topics may involve small talk, holidays, customs, and common slang. Practice in a casual environment—no exams! Program is free and all learners are welcome.

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans New Americans ESL

Let's Speak English: Free Conversation Circle

Thu, October 31, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Paschalville Library

Meet other adult English learners for conversation on Thursdays at 5:30 PM. Topics may involve small talk, holidays, customs, and common slang. Practice in a casual environment—no exams! Program is free and all learners are welcome.

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans New Americans ESL

Let's Speak English: Free Conversation Circle

Thu, November 7, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Paschalville Library

Meet other adult English learners for conversation on Thursdays at 5:30 PM. Topics may involve small talk, holidays, customs, and common slang. Practice in a casual environment—no exams! Program is free and all learners are welcome.

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans New Americans ESL

English Classes

Wed, November 13, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Tacony Library

Learn how to speak English! Rolling admission/Walk-ins welcome! Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8PM. Taught by IndoChinese American Council. For more information, please call 215-457-0272 x. 106.  

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English Language Circle

Wed, November 13, 2019 6:30 P.M.
South Philadelphia Library

Join us for a free weekly conversation hour.  Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults, in a casual learning environment.

Adult Senior New Americans New Americans ESL English Language Learners

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