ESL Classes

The Philadelphia School of Languages invites students of all nationalities to participate in our courses







Levels and Course Progression

Levels 1 to 4 (Basic to Pre-Intermediate)


This four level course offers to adult learners the opportunity to build on their language proficiency and at the same time prepare them for their life-skills roles in the community, family, school, and at work.


The expanded course offered by The Philadelphia School of Languages builds students’ general language proficiency and helps them apply these skills for meeting the needs of daily life, the family, the community, work, and continuing education.


It is designed for adults who have had the opportunity to re-establish themselves in The United States and have to need to actively become members of society through the acquisition of language proficiency and the understanding of their role in their communities, some of which will have the opportunity to become American citizens.


All four levels of this course include not only basic communication skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing but also Life Skills, Civics, Employment Competencies and EFF "Equipped for the Future", designed by the U.S. Department of Labor and The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills.


  • Level 1  Low Beginning – First basic skills, present tense skills and grammar
  • Level 2  High Beginning -   Second part of course, introduces Past Tense grammar
  • Level 3  Low Elementary - Third part of course Present Perfect is introduced
  • Level 4  High Elementary - Fourth part of course, spoken skills and grammar base is set

Level 5 to 9 (Pre-Intermediate to Advanced)


This 5 Level course takes on a different and intelligent approach to building confidence and skills students need to succeed in academic study and use English in a globalized world. It is complete with study videos, interviews, and rich class materials made to bring topics to life and stretch student’s ability to understand real English.


This course develops communication and collaboration skills through contemporary topics and issues that stimulate students’ minds and develop critical thinking skills


  • Level 5   Expanded Elementary English Language *Review and Expansion on Levels 1-4
  • Level 6   Pre-Intermediate English Language
  • Level 7   Intermediate English Language
  • Level 8   Upper Intermediate English Language
  • Level 9  Advanced English Language

Evaluations, Exams, Placement Tests


All new students at The Philadelphia School of Languages must take an initial placement test. This test can be followed by other secondary level tests or final tests in order to assess their knowledge of English grammar and communication skills.


These placement tests serve to allocate students in appropriately levelled groups, whether ongoing or new.


Exams are given two times per semester and students must have positive results in order to progress into the next levels. Mid-Book and Final Exams are mandatory.


Group Lessons – Availability and Semesters


Here at The Philadelphia School of Languages we offer students the flexibility to study according to their needs and schedule. The school is open seven days a week,  group and private lessons are available mornings, afternoons, evenings and nights. Group classes have limited class sizes and do not follow traditional semesters. Our groups are small, usually ranging from 3 to 10 students so that students are better able to interact with teachers and peers.


Groups can start at any time of the year, and have duration of six months per level. Upon completion and Final Exams, groups can either immediately start the next level, take a small break or according to class size and availability migrate to other groups. Official certificates/diplomas are awarded to students upon successful completion of each level

Group class schedules are available only at the school office. Contact us for further information.


Optional Review Levels


One of the benefits of studying English at The Philadelphia School of Languages is that our ESL students have the option of participating in one addition group class of the previous level in order to review and reinforce what they have already learned at no additional cost.


Example: Level  4 Classes 2x/week + (Level 3 Classes 2x/week *Optional Free participation in Group)


Conversation classes on Fridays


All ESL students of The Philadelphia School of Languages also have the option of participating in a Group Activity and Conversation Class every Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


These classes allow for students of different groups to engage with each other in a fun welcoming environment where they can improve their conversation skills guided by one of our ESL instructors.


The Philadelphia School of Languages

7708-7710 Castor Avenue,

Philadelphia, PA 19152


(215) 745 0243