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About Philadelphia

Founded in 1682 by William Penn, Philadelphia is a bastion of American history. The Declaration of Independence was signed here, along with a document known as the Constitution. Philadelphia even served as the nation's capital for 10 years while D.C. was under construction. The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (home to the iconic "Rocky stairs") are just a few of the many symbols of Philadelphia's long, rich history scattered throughout the city. Visitors would do well to consider the Philadelphia CityPASS option, which grants them access to most of Philly's major attractions over the course of nine days.

Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside.

What makes Philadelphia so memorable is its unique blend of experiences that you have to discover in person. By day, explore four centuries of history and architecture, beautiful neighborhoods, remarkable museum collections and endless shopping. After the sun sets, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, amazing dining and vibrant nightlife.

Philadelphia Language Center’s goal is to deliver quality language services to its community with a primary focus on English as a Second Language.

We also offer language services for Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, French and Russian.


Our emphasis is usable real world language skills for our students in their target language. We meet these goals by combining book work, exercises and history and cultural activities as well as offering the students the opportunity to study with a professor who is native to their target language.

There are ten levels or steps in Philadelphia Language Center’s English as a second Language program for part time or community students. They are broken into four core levels: Beginner, Transitional Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced. Philadelphia Language Center offers 500 hours of comprehensive Instruction in English for its part time community learners. This instruction includes conversation, pronunciation, reading, writing, grammar, history and culture. Our first thirty weeks of instruction or first three levels are presented in a bi-lingual format. We currently offer bi-lingual beginner classes to the Portuguese & Spanish speaking communities. Intermediate and Advanced levels are mono-lingual and are offered to students of all primary languages.

Beginner Levels – beginner levels consist of levels one through three. During these levels students build a basic foundation of English Vocabulary and learn to express themselves verbally and in writing to fulfill their basic health, food, occupational and family needs. *Portuguese to English translation or Spanish to English translation

Transitional Intermediate – level four serves as a transitional level. During level four students apply grammar rules and vocabularies learned during the first four levels to practical skills such as letter writing and begin reading and analyzing print media.

*Monolingual – no translation

Intermediate – level five through seven students build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension and speech proficiency’s through the exploration of classical American fiction including: poetry, short stories and one act plays. Students apply these refined skills to their every day lives to improve their careers and communication skills. Students at this level should be comfortable communicating only in English in public. Their vocabulary will afford them the ability to communicate efficiently on a day to day basis. Multi-paragraph essays and formal writing prepare students for advanced writing.

*Monolingual – no translation

Advanced – level eight through ten students build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension and speech proficiency’s through the exploration of classical American fiction, students will be responsible for reading independently and contributing critically to class discussions. Students will participate in group discussions and debate as they work towards their goal of near native speech. Level ten prepares students for work in English only environments or transfer to a college or trade school.

English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese 

Become Fluent in a second language

At PLC we developed an award winning 640 hour program to become fluent in another language.   The 640 hours are broken into 10 levels or classes.  A test is given at the end of each level to determine successful completion.

Language Learning Options
We offer group and private lessons both at the school and in-company. Call us today to learn about our options for your business, school, church, etc.   We offer affordable group rates. (215-745-0243).

Why Study with PLC?
​Highly trained, native fluent instructors give our students confidence to speak and understand the new language

Customizable content specific to student or business needs

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Our goal is simple: To create language learning success stories, one student at a time.

In our global society, the acquisition of linguistic and cultural competency provides the necessary ability to function independently, appropriately, and fluently outside of one's native culture.   Part of Philadelphia Language Center's broad mission falls in line with this necessity by maintaining and encouraging programs which link the center's and its resources to its local, national, and international communities.   Likewise, the mission of PLC is to enrich, enhance, and transform foreign language and cultural learning.