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 here.

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

Lynda.com from LinkedIn

  • 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 Adult Education

The Office of Adult Education (OAE), formerly the Mayor's Commission on Literacy has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family, and civic engagement since 1983.

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.

Center for Literacy

Center for Literacy integrates blended learning (using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students) into all Adult Education and High School Equivalency Prep classes. Though there are many literacy programs that use technology for "add on" support, very few integrate it as a key piece of classroom learning.

Community College of Philadelphia

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

Community Learning Center

Community Learning Center provides free high school equivalency, workforce development, and English as a Second Language classes to low-income adults seeking to change their lives through education and employment.

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

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.

Philadelphia FIGHT

Philadelphia FIGHT provides health information, digital literacy classes, employment readiness trainings, GED and Adult Basic Education. KEYSPOT location. Offers Hospitality and Support Services.

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians 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.


Upcoming Events

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Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, January 25, 2022 10:00 A.M.
Kensington Library

Join our free conversation circle, where adults from different countries come together to speak English (lower to intermediate level) in a friendly setting. This series is sponsored by the Kensington Library. For more information or to register, complete the form  at the link here…

Online English

Tue, January 25, 2022 10:00 A.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 a.m.  January 18 - April 14, 2022 Adults are invited to enhance their English skills in this free online class led by University of Pennsylvania graduate students. Learn English with teacher guidance and peer support, authentic and interactive materials,…

Intermediate Online English

Tue, January 25, 2022 10:00 A.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 - 11:30 a.m.  January 25 - April 14, 2022 Join us this spring to improve your communication in English. We will focus on speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills and cover topics such as food, travel, careers, daily conversation, and culture. This program…

Virtual Program: Edible Alphabet English

Tue, January 25, 2022 10:30 A.M.
Virtual

Adults are invited to this FREE online English class. Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together (at our own homes, connected through video call).   This class will meet on: TUESDAYS from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Attendance is preferred at class…

Start Adult Education classes through myPLACE: English Language Learners

Tue, January 25, 2022 1:00 P.M.
Paschalville Library

Are you looking to improve your English language skills? Continue your educational journey through myPLACE, a network of adult education classes organized through the city of Philadelphia. Start by taking an intake and assessment test at Paschalville Library, and afterward you will meet with a…

Virtual Spanish Conversation Circle

Tue, January 25, 2022 2:30 P.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Build your confidence in speaking Spanish while meeting other adults in a casual learning environment. For intermediate and advanced speakers. This group is currently full. To sign up for the waitlist, register at the link here .  Questions? Email…

Online English Conversation Group with Temple WELL and the Free Library

Tue, January 25, 2022 3:00 P.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays 3-4:30 pm  Improve your English listening and speaking skills with this online group offered in partnership with Temple University’s WELL program. This group is currently full. For more information, email adultlearning @ freelibrary.org or call 215-686-8664. To register for…

Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, January 25, 2022 6:00 P.M.
Virtual

Tuesday 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  This free online group will build your knowledge and confidence in the English language in a casual and fun learning environment. This group is currently full, sign up for the waitlist at  https://bit.ly/FLPenglishTUES  or email adultlearning @…

Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, January 25, 2022 6:00 P.M.
Virtual Program

Join us for a free weekly conversation hour for intermediate speakers and above. Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults in a casual learning environment. 6:00-7:30 pm every Tuesday. Class is currently full - for more information or to join the…

Music and Mandarin: Learn and Practice Mandarin through Music and Song

Tue, January 25, 2022 6:00 P.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Learn and practice Mandarin through music and song. This group for beginning and intermediate Mandarin speakers will teach language and culture, as well as basic reading and writing skills.  Register at  https://bit.ly/mandarinmusicFLP Questions? …

Online English Conversation Group with Temple WELL and the Free Library

Wed, January 26, 2022 9:30 A.M.
Virtual

Wednesday 9:30-11 am  Improve your English listening and speaking skills with this online group offered in partnership with Temple University’s WELL program. This group is currently full. For more information, email adultlearning @ freelibrary.org or call 215-686-8664. To…

Start Adult Education classes through myPLACE: English Language Learners

Wed, January 26, 2022 10:30 A.M.
Logan Library

Are you looking to improve your English Language Skills? Continue your educational journey through myPLACE, a network of adult education classes organized through the city of Philadelphia. Start by taking an intake and assessment test at Logan Library, and afterward you will meet with a learning…

Online English Conversation Class

Wed, January 26, 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…

French Conversation Circle

Wed, January 26, 2022 2:00 P.M.
Virtual

Bonjour! Salut! Bonsoir! Looking to practice your French language skills?  Join the Languages and Learning Center’s French Conversation Circle for weekly conversation practice. This FREE online group will build your knowledge and confidence in the French language all…

Intermediate English (Virtual)

Wed, January 26, 2022 3:00 P.M.
Virtual

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 p.m. January 19 - May 17, 2022 This intermediate-level English course will focus on using everyday English, with an emphasis on reading, listening, and speaking skills. Related vocabulary and grammar points will also be introduced in each class. This program is led by a…

Online English Conversation Group

Wed, January 26, 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  Class is currently full - for more information or to join the waitlist, email…

Body Language: Medical English for Healthcare Workers and Interested Others

Wed, January 26, 2022 6:00 P.M.
Virtual

Join us to increase English fluency by reviewing anatomy and medical terminology.  We will discuss many other aspects of care giving and paths to professional advancement.  This free, online English program is will be led by a Free Library volunteer who is a retired medical…

Online English

Thu, January 27, 2022 10:00 A.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 a.m.  January 18 - April 14, 2022 Adults are invited to enhance their English skills in this free online class led by University of Pennsylvania graduate students. Learn English with teacher guidance and peer support, authentic and interactive materials,…

Intermediate Online English

Thu, January 27, 2022 10:00 A.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 - 11:30 a.m.  January 25 - April 14, 2022 Join us this spring to improve your communication in English. We will focus on speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills and cover topics such as food, travel, careers, daily conversation, and culture. This program…

Online Adult Reading Comprehension Learning Circle.

Thu, January 27, 2022 12:00 P.M.
Virtual

Thursdays 12-1:30 pm January 20 - May 12, 2022 Join our virtual study group to improve your reading comprehension skills. Each week we will study on our own using a free online offered by Universal Class focused on reading skills. Then we will meet on Thursdays to practice skills and share…

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