Education & Training

Summer English Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

Beginner English Workshop: Beginning English language learners will work with the guidance of volunteer instructors to practice listening, speaking, vocabulary, and conversation skills.

English Conversation Workshop: Participants will practice conversation with the guidance of volunteer facilitators. Participants will choose topics that interest them and will discuss those topics during these sessions. Conversation groups will meet at the Welcoming Center, and will also take short trips to different locations in Center City.

English Language Workshop: Participants will engage in in-depth language study with the guidance of a volunteer facilitator, staff member, or participant leader. Participants are expected to bring in language-related questions and materials such as newspaper articles, songs, and vocabulary lists to study and discuss the meanings with their classmates.


Day and Time  English Language Level  Activity 
Monday/Wednesday 9-12 Int./Adv. English Conversation Workshop
Monday/Wednesday 1-4 Int./Adv. English Language Workshop
Tuesday/Thursday 9-12 Int./Adv. English Conversation Workshop
Tuesday/Thursday 9-12 Beg. Beginner English Workshop
Tuesday/Thursday 1-4 Int./Adv. English Language Workshop
Tuesday/Thursday 6-8 Int./Adv. English Conversation Group


Please note: To enroll for a summer class, participants must pay a registration fee of $25. Participants who attend 100% of the sessions will get their deposit back after 10 weeks. Workshops will be led by staff, volunteers, and participant leaders.

All classes are currently ongoing.

ESL, ABE, GED, and HiSET classes

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.

If you need help connecting to classes through myPLACE, please call us at 215.557.2626. 

Other classes at the Welcoming Center

The Welcoming Center also offers other classes and workshops. We offer: 

Citizenship Classes

For immigrants who want to prepare for their naturalization test 


Business Classes

For entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their business


Immigrant Leadership Institute

For immigrants who want to learn about civic participation and leadership  


International Professionals Program

For immigrant professionals looking to establish a professional career in the U.S. 


Do you have questions about classes at the Welcoming Center? Call us at 215.557.2626 and our staff will be happy to assist you!