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English is known to be one of the toughest languages to master - even when it's your native tongue. Luckily with this great challenge comes many resources, and even many now specifically geared towards those learning English as a Second Language (ESL) in the hospitality industry!


Philadelphia Resources:

  • Free Library of Philadelphia - The Free Library hosts many free adult education classes throughout the city including English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED instruction. One course of note is Edible Alphabet, an English-as-a-Second-Language program which teaches participants how to cook nutritious meals and to teach English language skills through hands-on education.
  • OIC Philadelphia - One of the region’s oldest and largest providers of job training and career development services, offering everything from computers for beginners to advanced hospitality training at our Opportunities Inn.
  • Nationalities Service Center - NSC’s Refugee and Community Integration (RCI) department provides a wide-range of services to meet the needs of newly arriving refugees, victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied children. 
  • Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians - The center provides English and Adult Education classes for immigrants, other English Language Learners, and those interested in improving their skills or earning credentials for employment or post-secondary education. Most of our services are provided free of charge, or at low cost.

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Note: This list of resources is a small sampling (and a work-in-progress!) of the options that are currently available. If you'd like us to add one that you and/or your team have benefited from, please email us at [email protected]!