The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance supports efforts that advance the cause of adult literacy in Philadelphia. The alliance encourages connectedness and resource sharing among adult education providers and relevant stakeholders.

Currently, the alliance has over 200 members who represent more than 80 agencies that serve adult learners in Philadelphia. Alliance members are administrators, instructors, and volunteers that deliver workforce development and literacy services throughout the Philadelphia region.

Adult Basic Education and GED®/HiSET®

Adult learners come with a wide variation in skill levels from beginning to advanced levels. Beginning readers will have limited ability to read basic signs or complete information on simple forms. Intermediate learners are able to read simple descriptions and narratives, and advanced learners can read technical information and complex manuals. Adult education providers help learners at all skill levels. Adult education programs also work with learners preparing for the GED®/HiSET®.

English as a second or additional language (ESL)

ESL classes for adults are available throughout the Philadelphia region. Classes are offered at a range of community based agencies that include library branches, churches, schools, and social service agencies. English language learners range from highly skilled professionals who need to improve their language skills, to adults who are working on both their literacy and language skills.

Digital Literacy

Adult education providers help learners to improve digital skills by offering computer classes, integrating technology into ABE and ESL instruction, and using online learning tools. Providers can also help learners access technology through KEYSPOT™, the network of 50 free public access computer centers citywide. With improved skills and greater access, learners are able to search and navigate online resources and expand their opportunities.

Contextualized Workplace Literacy

Many adult education programs contextualize instruction to workplace and/or industry settings. Adult learners can improve their literacy skills while strengthening their workforce readiness skills. Adult education providers support adults who may or may not have a high school credential strengthen literacy skills to meet requirements of job training and higher education opportunities.


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