English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

Last year, 74% of students felt more confident communicating in English.

Immigrants and refugees coming to Pittsburgh face a new city, a new language, and a whole new way of life. Some are from war-torn countries and have suffered great hardships. Others may have had little schooling. Still others may have been accomplished professionals in their homeland. All are eager to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills so they can build a better life for their families. The language barrier is all that is holding them back from success.

Literacy Pittsburgh helps foreign-born individuals learn the English language and American culture so they can thrive in their community. Teaching is tailored to each student’s skill level and goals. Classes focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, succeeding in the workplace, digital literacy, and navigating day-to-day life in a new city and culture. Students also have the opportunity to prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam.

This program is for students who plan to remain in the United States permanently. The program is not intended for visitors to the U.S. or those with an F1 Visa.

Student Spotlight: Richard
For Richard, a native of Rwanda, education changed everything. After being granted asylum in the United States, Richard arrived in Pittsburgh with a passion for learning.
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