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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Let’s Speak English! | For International Adults

Wed, October 16, 2019 5:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Join us for a weekly conversation hour and build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may include: small talk, holidays, customs, and common slang. You can practice speaking English in a casual and relaxed environment without examinations. You will be able to make friends with other…

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English Language Circle

Wed, October 16, 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.

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Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Fri, October 18, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Independence Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m October 11, 2019 - November 22, 2019 Attendance is preferred at all 6 classes.  Where: Independence Library 18 S 7th Street,…

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Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking! (Aprender ingles a traves de cocinar!)

Fri, October 18, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Lillian Marrero Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Los adultos estan invitados a esta clase de ingels GRATIS. Cada semana leemos, escribimos y hablamos en ingles - y cocinamos juntos! Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30…

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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

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