Each year, The Literacy Center offers ESL classes to more than 400 students at various levels, from beginning literacy to advanced, to help them 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. We were ranked #1 out of 53 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.