More and more businesses are seeking bilingual associates for jobs within their companies. Not only is there a demand for bilingual job applicants, but being proficient in another language is also an excellent skill to have on your resume before you even begin job hunting. Whether you work in telecommunications, retail, sales or the health industry, a second language will give you a step up in your career. It will also prepare you for any extended overseas excursions. Whether it’s Spanish, Italian, Korean, Farsi or Chinese Mandarin, Philadelphia has an institution that can help you learn the language skill you are seeking. We’ve done the research for you and have come up with the top five language schools in the Philadelphia area.
Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
For the most economical choice, your best option is Philadelphia Community College. You’ll be back into the college life with a regular semester schedule for the full course of levels you are looking for, but you will get a formal tutorial for the language you want to learn. Many of the more widely spoken languages are offered at Community College of Philadelphia.
202 S. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fluent City teaches language courses in a classroom setting over a 10-week period. Private lessons are available and can be arranged to coincide with your own busy schedule. Fluent City’s goal is to teach its students in the most efficient, productive and fun way possible. The program is geared towards adults and their lifestyles.
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
International House is a multicultural residency located in University City in Philadelphia. It is home to visiting international students and scholars from all walks of life. IHP offers various programs in the arts and humanities, including language courses. International House has a relaxed approach to language studies. Concentration is on extensive dialogue practice, vocabulary expansion, listening skills, cultural information, survival and social situations, conversation and grammar. It’s more about real life situations as opposed to formal language teaching traditions. Some courses taught at International House are Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Farsi.
100 S. Broad St., Suite 622
Philadelphia, PA 19110
The Lingual Institute has over 20 years of experience in providing top-quality language services. The Institute specializes in servicing law firms, government agencies and corporations, as well as individual students. Some clients include the Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration, Social Security Administration and many more well-established corporations, hospitals and government agencies. Lingual Institute is flexible with scheduling and will work onsite for large groups. It also offers translation services and interpreting services.
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Spanish Language School
2004 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Spanish Language School is located in the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia. The Spanish-teaching institution was established in 1979 by Antonio Valdez. Students are encouraged to speak Spanish from their first day of class and will be inspired by the many teachers who come from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. The school offers courses to large institutions as well as individuals, and even for people who need to learn the language at a quicker pace. Tutoring for college and high school students is available, and guidance for state exams for Spanish teachers is also available. Spanish Language School also offers Saturday workshops for advanced studies.
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