The Languages and Learning Center is located within the Education, Philosophy, and Religion Department, 2nd floor, Parkway Central and supports the individual literacy and learning goals of Philadelphia's adults.

Led by a commitment to community engagement, the Languages and Learning Center strives to provide exceptional customer service to adult learners in a welcoming, accessible environment.

The Languages and Learning Center serves as the Free Library of Philadelphia's center for adult education resources, connecting patrons seeking Adult Basic Education (ABE), English Language Learner (ELL), Digital Literacy and World Language instruction to the appropriate services. We offer online GED® and HiSET® courses through the Essential Education platform, run language learning and conversation circles, offer tutoring services and more.

Our collection includes:

  • World language non-fiction books, fiction books and audiobooks
  • English-language learning books, CDs, and DVDs
  • Career test and academic test prep books
  • Resume and cover letter books
  • Adult Basic Education books
    • High Interest-Low Reading Level (Hi-Lo) books
    • Book Club sets

Visit or Contact Us

Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-8664 or 215-686-5392

Hours

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Adult Learning Resources


The Free Library is your portal to free online classes and courses. Learn at your own pace and level up your skills with our digital learning resources.

Databases that support adult learners are available to all Free Library patrons. A library card may be required to access these links. Don't have a FLP Library Card? Get one now.

Need help with the computer or personal devices? Make an appointment or call 215-686-8665 to speak with a Digital Resource Specialist.

LearningExpress Library 3.0

Tutor.com

  • Connect with a live tutor in subjects such as GED®/HiSET® prep, English, & Math
  • Submit a resume or paper for review
  • Take a practice quiz

Universal Class

  • Learn anything, anytime, anywhere
  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Enjoy over 500 courses in arts and crafts, career training, health and medicine, history, homeschooling, law, office skills, real estate, and more

Mango Languages

  • Explore a new language or brush up on your knowledge
  • Learn grammar, pronunciation, and cultural nuances through immersive language courses
  • Take over 70 language courses in Spanish, Korean, Swahili, French, Arabic, Chinese, Igbo, Tagalog, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and more

LinkedIn Learning

  • Learn the skills you need to achieve your personal and professional goals
  • Enjoy high-quality video courses taught by industry experts
  • Take classes in 3-D and animation, audio and music, business, CAD, design, IT, marketing, video, web development, and more

The Languages and Learning Center offers a range of programs and classes for adult learners, but there are many additional resources throughout Philadelphia.

Office of Children and Families

The Office of Children and Families (OCF) aligns the City of Philadelphia's policies, resources, and services for children and families. Their priorities are safe children, strong families, and supported schools and communities.

ACHIEVEability

ACHIEVEability has been breaking the cycle of poverty by helping low-income, single parent and homeless families to achieve self-sufficiency. ACHIEVEability encourages their parents to work at least 30 hours per week and to complete at least 5 classes per year toward a post-secondary degree or its equivalent.

Beyond Literacy

Beyond Literacy provides opportunities for adults and families by harnessing the power of literacy through free, high-quality education. Literacy is the ability to read and write and studies show that literacy can lift people out of poverty. Beyond Literacy helps learners improve their reading, writing, math, English language, digital literacy, and workplace skills.

Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia offers ELL classes and GED/HiSET Prep.

Community PEDAL@GSE Classes

University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education provides free Practical English for Daily Living classes to adults at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, taught by graduate students pursuing their degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). https://pedal.gse.upenn.edu/community

The Critical Path Learning Center

An expansion of the AIDS Library and the Critical Path Project, The Critical Path Learning Center at Philadelphia FIGHT is an educational commons and stigma-free space devoted to the intersection of health and literacy for the digital age. They nurture life-long learning through meaningful, relevant, non-judgmental education for all people in our community, including people living with HIV, hepatitis C, and other chronic health conditions. The Critical Path Learning Center's core programs include a health resources library, technology access and training, adult education, employment resources, and hospitality services.

District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund

District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund provides access to career pathways in healthcare and human services for incumbent workers and job seekers through education, training and work-based learning. Free ELL / English Literacy, Citizenship and Civics Classes. Offers free English and Work Training Classes.

The Garces Foundation

The Garces Foundation is committed to ensuring that Philadelphia's underserved immigrant community has access to healthcare and educational services. Founded in 2012, the organization runs programs which aim to address specific needs within the community and are structured to change as the needs of the immigrant community change. New degree program for Latinos.

IndoChinese American Council

The IndoChinese American Council's Family Literacy Program incorporates ELL instruction, early childhood education, parenting, and interactive learning activities. This four-component model meets the literacy needs of the whole family, provides assistance to families in accessing school and community resources, helps parents work with their children's school staff to ensure the academic success of their children, and helps families acclimate to American cultural norms while maintaining their own cultural values and practices.

JEVS Human Services

JEVS focuses on individuals with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges as well as those facing adverse socio-economic conditions including unemployment and underemployment. JEVS has a variety of services for job seekers of all ages. JEVS also offer English Language Learning classes and job training.

It's Never Too Late to Read

It's Never Too Late to Read offers reading programs to the low-literate and non-literate adults of Philadelphia. Uses ABeCeDarian Reading Program by Michael Bend, Ph.D. Located at Kingsessing Library.

Lutheran Settlement House

Lutheran Settlement House offers ABE, ELL and Digital Literacy training and tutoring services.

Out of School Youth Resources

Out of School Youth Resources provided by CAP4Kids, lists organizations' alternative options for youth ages 16 years and older to complete their high-school equivalency degrees.

The Welcoming Center

The Welcoming Center works with partner organizations to help students enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and high school equivalency prep (GED®, HiSET®) classes. These classes are offered at partner organizations throughout the city and are coordinated by the City of Philadelphia's Office of Adult Education. Students can find a class in their neighborhood through the myPLACE system.


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Online Japanese

Wed, August 10, 2022 9:30 A.M.
Virtual

Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 am June 22 - August 31, 2022 Meet with other adults interested in learning Japanese to explore the language through speaking, grammar, reading, and writing. For beginner and intermediate speakers. Register for the waitlist at https://forms.gle/jwJvRC8FUMEys8uo9 …

Online English Conversation Class

Wed, August 10, 2022 12:30 P.M.
Virtual Program

Join us as we read about and discuss a variety of topics, including current events, American cultural issues, grammar, current expressions, etc. - all with the goal of improving participants' proficiency in spoken and written English. Each week participants will receive an e-mail with…

Online English Conversation Group

Wed, August 10, 2022 4:00 P.M.
Virtual

Join us for a free online English conversation circle. Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults in a casual learning environment. 4:00-5:00 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday Class is currently full - for more information or to join the waitlist, email…

Online English Conversation Group - Intermediate

Wed, August 10, 2022 5:00 P.M.
Virtual

Wednesdays 5-6 pm June 29 - August 31, 2022 Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other adults in a casual learning environment. This group is for intermediate speakers who can have short conversations in English and want to improve their pronunciation, vocabulary, and…

Online English Conversation Group - High Beginner/Intermediate

Thu, August 11, 2022 12:00 P.M.
Virtual

Thursdays 12-1 pm June 30 - September 1, 2022 Join us for an informal conversation group with motivated peers! Together, we’ll practice with vocal warmups, role play for everyday situations, and review the rhythm of American speakers like Amanda Gorman. Our goal is to build confidence in…

English Conversation Group (Online)

Thu, August 11, 2022 1:00 P.M.
Virtual

Thursdays 1-2 pm July 7 - August 25, 2022 Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other adults in a casual learning environment. For all levels. Register at https://forms.gle/36qtboCApi2VrDuFA  Questions? Email adultlearning @ freelibrary.org or call 215-686-8664  …

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