Each year, The Literacy Center offers ESL classes to more than 400 students at various levels – from Beginner to Advanced – to help develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Our students consistently meet or exceed all Pennsylvania Department of Education benchmarks for Educational Functional Level (EFL) gains. For the past three years, The Literacy Center has ranked among the top three adult literacy centers for EFL gains. Our ESL classes are facilitated by highly trained teachers and supported by dedicated volunteers. Students also participate in one hour of self-directed educational activity each week.
The Literacy Center provides a computer lab and access to specialized educational software to help students develop their literacy skills outside of regular class time.* The Literacy Center reaches a significant number of immigrants and refugees who are motivated to build upon their literacy and English language skills so that their families can thrive in the United States. Our ESL students have represented nearly every country in the world.
*Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, TLC has closed its offices to protect its students and staff. Classes continue in an online format through Zoom and Google Classroom. Unfortunately, this means our computer lab is closed to the public at this time.
**In order to participate in classes, all students must have access to reliable internet and a laptop or desktop computer with audio and video capabilities. Smartphones can be used in some classes. If you have questions about this policy, please contact our Help Desk at 610.435.0680.**