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 offers relevant and engaging programs and resources for Adult Basic Education, English-language learning, world languages, digital literacy, and workforce development.

Our collection includes:

  • World language books and audiobooks
  • English-language learning books, CDs, and DVDs
  • Career Test and Academic Test Prep books
  • Resume and Cover Letter books
  • Foreign Language novels
  • Hi-Lo/Easy Reads books

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. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center

  • Live chat with a qualified tutor every day from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m.
  • Take skills-building and practice tests for High School Equivalency, United States citizenship, and more
  • Upload a writing sample and get feedback from a writing expert
  • Todos los materiales están disponibles en español.

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.

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.

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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English Language Circle

Wed, November 20, 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 English Language Learners

ELL Conversation Group

Wed, November 20, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Charles Santore Library

This group is a great way to practice speaking everyday English.  ALL are welcome.

Adult Young Adult Senior New Americans New Americans English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Thu, November 21, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m Tuesdays (Languages and Learning Center - Floor 2) Thursdays (Culinary Literacy Center - Floor 4) October 15, 2019 - December…

Adult Senior New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center

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

Fri, November 22, 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…

Adult New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition New Americans English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Fri, November 22, 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,…

Adult Senior New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition Education Language Study Literacy New Americans English Language Learners

Pathway Forward: G.E.D Preparation Class

Sat, November 23, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE G.E.D. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free classes on Saturdays starting October 12 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. English/Social Studies GED Prep 10:00 am…

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Pathway Forward: G.E.D Preparation Class

Sun, November 24, 2019 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE G.E.D. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free classes on Saturdays starting October 12 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. English/Social Studies GED Prep 10:00 am…

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Intermediate English Classes | Clases de inglés gratis

Sun, November 24, 2019 1:00 P.M.
South Philadelphia Library

Our weekly class for English learners at the Intermediate level has started back up! Intermediate classes are every Sunday from 1pm-2:30pm.      

Adult New Americans Language Study English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Mon, November 25, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Lawncrest Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Mondays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m October 21, 2019 - December 2, 2019 Attendance is preferred at all 6 classes.  Where: Lawncrest Library 6098 Rising…

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Arabic/English Language and Cultural Exchange

Mon, November 25, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Interested in learning Arabic and helping Arabic speakers practice English? Come join our free cultural connections group, where we will explore language, customs, foods, and other aspects of culture.   Mondays, starting October 7, 2019 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 2M Classroom in…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study Languages and Learning Center

Beginner English Classes | Clases de inglés gratis

Mon, November 25, 2019 12:30 P.M.
South Philadelphia Library

Our weekly class for English learners at the Beginner level has started back up! Beginner classes are every Monday from 12:30pm-2:00pm.      

Adult New Americans Language Study English Language Learners

ELL Conversation Group - Monday Afternoon

Mon, November 25, 2019 1:00 P.M.
Charles Santore Library

This group is a great way to practice speaking everyday English.  ALL are welcome.

Adult Senior New Americans New Americans English Language Learners

English Conversation Group

Mon, November 25, 2019 5:00 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…

Adult New Americans New Americans English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Tue, November 26, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m Tuesdays (Languages and Learning Center - Floor 2) Thursdays (Culinary Literacy Center - Floor 4) October 15, 2019 - December…

Adult Senior New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center

English for Beginners

Tue, November 26, 2019 4:00 P.M.
Whitman Library

Free beginner level English classes for adults, meeting for 13 weeks this winter. All are welcome. Classes are provided in partnership with Seamaac.   

Adult Senior New Americans Language Study English Language Learners

14 Week Beginner Spanish Learning Circle

Tue, November 26, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

CLASS IS FULL.  TO JOIN THE WAITLIST, EMAIL ADULTLEARNING@FREELIBRARY.ORG This week we will meet in Room 132 in the Heim Center.  Are you interested in learning Spanish or brushing up on your existing Spanish language skills? Have you ever started an online course only to lose…

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Let’s Speak English! | For International Adults

Wed, November 27, 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…

Adult New Americans English Language Learners

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

Fri, November 29, 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…

Adult New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners

Pathway Forward: G.E.D Preparation Class

Sat, November 30, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE G.E.D. and Adult Basic Education classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Free classes on Saturdays starting October 12 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. English/Social Studies GED Prep 10:00 am…

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Education Free Library of Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services Jobs & Job Seekers Literacy Mathematics Science Test Preparation GED Languages and Learning Center

Let's Speak English | For International Adults

Sat, November 30, 2019 11:00 A.M.
Kensington Library

Meet other adult English learners for conversation  on Saturdays at 10:30 AM. Topics may involve small talk, holidays, customs, and common slang. Practice in a casual environment—no exams! Program is free.  

Adult Discussion and Participation New Americans English Language Learners

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