Free English classes for immigrants and refugees

Learn English with supportive teachers so you can make friends, get a better job, and talk to people in your community.


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As an immigrant, you face a new city, a new language, and a whole new way of life. We can help you learn the English language and American culture so you can feel like part of the Pittsburgh community and be successful. At Literacy Pittsburgh, you will meet people from all over the world who also want better opportunities for themselves and their families.

Literacy Pittsburgh's students speak more than 80 different languages.

Our free English courses focus on speaking and listening skills, succeeding in the workplace, and navigating daily life in a new city and culture. Teaching is personalized to each student's current skill level and goals. You will practice English as a second language with caring teachers and classmates who are also eager to learn.

Both online and in-person English language learning options are available in group or one-to-one settings.

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

Student Spotlight: Emmanuel
Emmanuel resettled in the United States after fleeing violence in his home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His immediate goal upon coming to Pittsburgh was to attend college, but he lacked a high school diploma.
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