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.

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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CANCELLED - Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Sun, July 12, 2020 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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

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

Virtual Program - Arabic/English Language and Cultural Exchange

Mon, July 13, 2020 10:30 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.   10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. To register, email…

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

Virtual English Conversation Circle

Mon, July 13, 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 English Conversation Group

Tue, July 14, 2020 10:00 A.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. 10:00-11:00 am every Tuesday. 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 English Conversation Group

Tue, July 14, 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. Email adultlearning@freelibrary.org to register. 

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

Online English Conversation Class

Wed, July 15, 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, July 15, 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 English Conversation Group

Thu, July 16, 2020 1:30 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. 1:30-3:00 p.m. every Thursday Email adultlearning@freelibrary.org to register. 

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

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

Fri, July 17, 2020 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 New Americans English Language Learners

CANCELLED - Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Sat, July 18, 2020 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

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

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

CANCELLED - Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Sun, July 19, 2020 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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

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

Virtual Program - Arabic/English Language and Cultural Exchange

Mon, July 20, 2020 10:30 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.   10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. To register, email…

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

Virtual English Conversation Circle

Mon, July 20, 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 English Conversation Group

Tue, July 21, 2020 10:00 A.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. 10:00-11:00 am every Tuesday. 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 English Conversation Group

Tue, July 21, 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. Email adultlearning@freelibrary.org to register. 

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

Online English Conversation Class

Wed, July 22, 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, July 22, 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 English Conversation Group

Thu, July 23, 2020 1:30 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. 1:30-3:00 p.m. every Thursday Email adultlearning@freelibrary.org to register. 

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

CANCELLED - Japanese Conversation Club

Thu, July 23, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join us in Heim Center Rooms 131-132 to enjoy a casual environment where you can talk about  all things Japan! All levels of Japanese and English speakers are welcome. Registration not required. For more information contact JAPANPHILLY.ORG or adultlearning@freelibrary.org

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation Disabilites and Accessibility Education Language Study Literacy Philadelphia arts & crafts Languages and Learning Center

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

Fri, July 24, 2020 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 New Americans English Language Learners

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