free english classes in pittsburgh pa

free english classes in pittsburgh pa

Allegheny County Center for ESL (ACCESL)
A program of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. It provides year-round classes for adults at many levels and at no charge. The classes are taught by professional ESL teachers, and the focus of the classes is oral communication. Daily living survival skills are emphasized. Rolling admission allows students to enter at any time. Tutoring and workplace classes may be arranged. Call 412-281-4494 to make an appointment for a placement test.
Contacts: Danis Kubiak, Coordinator
Phone: 412-281-4494

Forbes Road Career and Technology Center
Forbes Road Career and Technology Center offers free English Language/Civics classes in Monroeville, a suburban community located east of the city of Pittsburgh.  Beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes are available.  In addition to reading, writing, speaking, and listening, students learn civics skills needed to pass the USCIS Naturalization Test.  Forbes’ morning and evening classes are taught year-round.  For more information contact Mary Chizeck at 412-373-8100, ext. 280

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
Offers English classes at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels at its new Downtown Center (411 Seventh Avenue) as well as other locations throughout Allegheny County.  Provides the English classes that used to be offered at Connelley Technical Institute, a division of Pittsburgh Public Schools that closed.
Phone number:  412-393-7600 (Downtown Center); 412-661-7323 (main office)

Goodwill Literacy Initiative
Beginning to advanced classes, class size limited to 6-10 students. In addition to an individualized study plan, a dedicated staff of tutors will assist students with college or job applications, cover letters, interviewing, recommendation letters, and other types of printed materials. We also offer computer laboratories with free email and Internet access. Students are encouraged to visit our Student Support Specialist, who assists our students in finding other student services such as housing, visas, health insurance, academic advising, and many others.Contact: Anna at 412-390-2358.

International Women's Association of Pittsburgh (IWAP)
The primary purpose of the group is to develop understanding and appreciation among peoples from different nations and cultures, and to assist international women in enjoying their stay in Pittsburgh and in the United States. They offer informal free conversation classes in English as a Second Language on Monday mornings (10 to 11:30 a.m.) Church of the Ascension. They also display in their website a complete list of English programs in Pittsburgh, check:
4729 Ellsworth Avenue
(at North Neville Street in Oakland)
Phone: 412-963-0659
Job Links
Their mission is to provide quality programming to help you as well as the employers for whom you will work. ESL classes will prepare you for future and current work settings.
Doug Penhallegon, Education Coordinator
Phone: 412-621-3821

Pittsburgh Regional International Student Ministries-PRISM
Designed especially for spouses of visiting students and scholars, introductory and intermediate instruction is offered on Bellefield Presbyterian Church, every Monday in the afternoons. No registration needed,  $1 donation each week, child care available ($2 per child).
Contacts: Dr. Carl Templin, 683-0342, Jeanne Griffith, 422-7312

Tango Cafe
English conversation practice group that meets every Friday evening at 7:00 pm.  Those for whom English is not the first language meet with a native English speaker for informal conversation practice.  The group is free and open to all. See


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