Languages & Learning Center is temporarily closed.

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

Languages & Learning Center is temporarily 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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English Conversation Group: Art and Architecture

Mon, November 30, 2020 9:00 A.M.
Virtual

Join us to learn and practice English while discussing famous art and architecture of Philadelphia. Every Monday, starting October 5, 2020. 9-10:30 am This program is virtual and will take place on Zoom. Register using the link here. 

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Art Language Study architecture English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Program - Arabic/English Language and Cultural Exchange

Mon, November 30, 2020 11:30 A.M.
Virtual Program

Interested in learning Arabic and helping Arabic speakers practice English? Come join our free cultural connections group on video call, where we will explore language, customs, foods, and other aspects of culture.   11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. To register, email…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Spanish Conversation Group

Mon, November 30, 2020 1:00 P.M.
Virtual

Mondays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. This FREE online class will build your knowledge and confidence in the Spanish language all while introducing you to other Spanish-speaking adults in a causal, fun learning environment. Register here or email adultlearning@freelibrary.org

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual English Conversation Circle

Mon, November 30, 2020 3:00 P.M.
Virtual Program

Join us for a free conversation circle. Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults in a casual learning environment. 3:00-4:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Email adultlearning@freelibrary.org to register. 

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Spanish Conversation Group--Grupo de conversación en español

Mon, November 30, 2020 4:00 P.M.
Kensington Library

Has your Spanish gotten rusty? Do you have nagging questions about grammar and vocabulary? Join the Free Library for a virtual program to practice conversing in Spanish, pick up new vocabulary, and connect with other Spanish learners. ¡Conversemos! For more information, or…

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Intermediate English Conversation Group

Mon, November 30, 2020 4:45 P.M.
Virtual

Mondays 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  This FREE online class will focus on English conversation skills and grammar. There will be a short, weekly homework assignment. For intermediate English speakers and above. Register here or email adultlearning@freelibrary.org for more information.

Adult Senior New Americans Discussion and Participation Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, December 1, 2020 10:00 A.M.
Kensington Library

Join us for a free conversation circle. Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults in a casual learning environment. Class is currently full - for more informaiton or to join the waitlist, email adultlearning@freelibrary.org, call 856-477-3553 or…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Beginning Japanese Learning Circle

Tue, December 1, 2020 11:15 A.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Meet with other adults interested in learning Japanese to explore the language through the Free Library database Mango Languages, as well as grammar and writing lessons. For beginners. Class is currently full - for more informaiton or to join…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual English Conversation Group

Tue, December 1, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Virtual Program

Join us for a free weekly conversation hour. 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 informaiton or to join the waitlist, email…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Program: Edible Alphabet English

Wed, December 2, 2020 10:30 A.M.
Lillian Marrero Library

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 videocall).   This class will meet on: WEDNESDAYS from 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. September 23, 2020 - December 16,…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Workshops and Enrichment New Americans Culinary Literacy Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Culinary Literacy Cooking and Nutrition Virtual Programs

French Conversation Circle

Wed, December 2, 2020 11:00 A.M.
Virtual

Bonjour! Salut! Bonsoir! Join the Languages and Learning Center’s newest class: The French Conversation Circle! This FREE online class will build your knowledge and confidence in the French language all while introducing you to other French-loving adults in a casual and fun learning…

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Education Language Study Literacy Online Learning Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Online English Conversation Class

Wed, December 2, 2020 12:30 P.M.
Virtual Program

Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Practice English listening and speaking online while the library is closed to the public. Every week, participants will listen to/watch clips from Voice of America's 'Learning English' series and converse in English.    Class is…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans Language Study New Americans English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual English Conversation Circle

Wed, December 2, 2020 3:00 P.M.
Virtual Program

Join us for a free conversation circle. Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults in a casual learning environment. 3:00-4:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Class is currently full - for more informaiton or to join the waitlist, email…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Online English Conversation Group

Wed, December 2, 2020 6:00 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. 6:00-7:00 p.m. every Wednesday  Class is currently full - for more informaiton or to join the waitlist, email…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Beginning Japanese Learning Circle

Thu, December 3, 2020 11:15 A.M.
Virtual

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Meet with other adults interested in learning Japanese to explore the language through the Free Library database Mango Languages, as well as grammar and writing lessons. For beginners. Class is currently full - for more informaiton or to join…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Spanish Conversation Group

Thu, December 3, 2020 1:00 P.M.
Virtual

Mondays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. This FREE online class will build your knowledge and confidence in the Spanish language all while introducing you to other Spanish-speaking adults in a causal, fun learning environment. This group is currently full.  To join the waitlist, register…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual English Conversation Group

Thu, December 3, 2020 2:30 P.M.
Virtual Program

Join us for a free conversation circle. Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults in a casual learning environment. 2:30-4:00 p.m. every Thursday This group is currently full.  To join the waitlist,  register here  or email…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans Language Study English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Adult Literacy Book Club - Presented by The Free Library of Philadelphia Languages & Learning Center and the Center for Literacy

Thu, December 3, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join us as we read  The Hate U Give   by Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give  is the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter. After witnessing the shooting of her best friend by the police, Starr faces pressure from all sides of the community. She must then stand up for what's…

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study Book Clubs Teen Reading Lounge Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Writing Skills for English Language Learners

Fri, December 4, 2020 12:00 P.M.
Virtual

Fridays October 2 - December 18, 2020 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Online Learning Circle - Join our study group to improve your English writing skills.  Every week, participants will complete one lesson from 'ESL Basic Writing Skills' from UniversalClass (free with your library card). On…

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation New Americans Workshops and Enrichment Language Study Online Learning English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

Virtual Mandarin Chinese Conversation Circle

Fri, December 4, 2020 4:30 P.M.
Virtual

Join the Languages and Learning Center’s online Mandarin Chinese Conversation Circle! This FREE online class will build your knowledge and confidence in Mandarin Chinese in a casual and fun learning environment!  This class will meet on: Fridays from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. …

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Language Study Languages and Learning Center Virtual Programs

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