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New map shows Philadelphians where to learn English as a second language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Class Map locates English language classes throughout the city.

This online and interactive map helps Philadelphians who want to learn to speak English find classes in their neighborhoods.

There are nearly 30 ESL class provider locations.  The locations include Office of Adult Education (OAE) partner providers as well as other providers.

To join an ESL class, contact the Office of Adult Education by calling 215-686-5250 or by emailing the office.


How to Find ESL Classes

In the map, class locations are searchable by a nearby address, by City Council district, or by clicking on any of the provider location icons. Green icons show OAE partner providers, phone numbers, and addresses.

Purple icons show other providers and their websites.

For researchers, additional map variables are available online at Open Data Philly.

To join an ESL class, contact the Office of Adult Education by calling 215-686-5250 or by emailing the office.

Becoming an Office of Adult Education Partner

Each Office of Adult Education partner is certified to meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Offers instructional services for students ages 16 and older;
  • Has offered services consistently for one year or more;
  • Maintains a consistent weekly schedule for services;
  • Has established systems for recording student attendance, grades, and volunteer activity; and,
  • Has dedicated staff to coordinate and support students and volunteers.

To become an OAE partner provider, contact OAE by calling 215-686-5250 or by emailing OAE. 

For more information on partnership requirements and expectations, visit the Office of Adult Education’s website.


ESL Class Map Project

A project launched by the Office of Immigrant Affairs — in partnership with the Office of Adult Education (OAE), the Mayor’s Office of Policy, Temple University’s Department of Geography and Urban Studies and the Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) GIS Services Group — the ESL Class Map locates English language classes throughout Philadelphia.


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