ESL, High School Equivalency, Tutoring

ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes

These classes are FREE TO THE PUBLIC (after registering)!

The Fall 2019 Registration dates for ESL classes are:

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington Street, Reading, PA  19601:

       Tuesday, August 27, 9:00 am (will take 4 hours) – No late arrivals!

       Muhlenberg Elementary Center, 610 Sharp Avenue, Reading, PA  19605:

        Tuesday, August 27, 6:00 pm (will take 4 hours) – No late arrivals!

Registration is first-come, first served.  No reservations!

        Classes will begin on Tuesday, September 3 and finish on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

These classes:
Assist adults to become literate in English;
Help adults obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency;
Help adults become full partners in the education and development of their children;
Help adults complete their postsecondary training.

Our ESL classes provide a rigorous and comprehensive program that integrates career goals and planning and work-related knowledge, skills and prepares students for postsecondary education or training and successful careers.

Students who enter our ESL classes must have a goal of getting a job, retaining a job, or entering postsecondary education or training.

We host classes in four locations:
Joan M. Breisch Adult Learning Center – 35 South Dwight Street – West Lawn, PA
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading – 527 Washington Street – Reading, PA
Reading Public Library, Southeast Branch – 1426 Perkiomen Avenue – Reading, PA
Muhlenberg Elementary Center – 610 Sharp Avenue, Laureldale, PA

For more information, contact Wendy Rio.

GED® Class:

This class is FREE TO THE PUBLIC (after registering)!

To attend our GED Class, you need to go through a two-step process:

       1.  Attend one of our information sessions.  They will be held on August 12 and August 21 from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Joan M. Breisch Adult Learning Center – 35 South Dwight Street.  

       2. After attending an information session, you will be invited to register for the class and attend a registration session.

The class is good if you are beginning to study for a high school equivalency certification exam and need practice with language arts, social studies, science, math, and study skills.

The class meets at the Joan M. Breisch Adult Learning Center – 35 South Dwight Street – West Lawn, PA. and is held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Wendy Rio.

If you would like to study on your own at home until the next term begins, these online options might be helpful:


READ, READ, READ magazines, newspapers, and books. These exams are reading-based!

One-on-One Tutoring

The Literacy Council can match adults with a trained volunteer tutor to work with basic skills. Meeting times and locations can be worked out in a convenient and discreet manner. Please contact Pat Rittenhouse, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.

Distance Learning

Free distance courses that fit you and your schedule! Prepare for a new job or prepare for your high school equivalency certification. Any time, any place, any pace.

Even if you can’t attend adult education classes, you can still study at a distance with a teacher, using a telephone, mail and/or email, and one or more of the following:


– 30-minute videos illustrate key concepts and show how they relate to the real world.


– The workbooks are related to the Internet activities and/or videos and they provide opportunities for practice and review.


– Internet activities and quizzes provide more opportunities for practice and review.

Make your dreams a reality starting today! Choose between the following two courses: Workplace Essential Skills or GED® Connection

Course benefits:

– Friendly, experienced instructors

– Flexible schedule

– Choice of a variety of learning methods: video, Internet, and/or workbook instruction

With distance learning, you can learn outside of a classroom, at a location of your choice. You decide where and when to study.

And there is no cost to you…the courses are free! Please contact Pat Rittenhouse, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.

The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks is a partner with the Distance Learning Project, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU).