Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

English Language Acquisition

Registration dates for English Language Acquisition winter classes:

Wednesday, April 5 at 10am

Thursday, April 6 at 6pm


Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center offers Adult Basic Education (ABE), English Language Acquisition (ELA), and computer literacy instruction for adults 18 and older who are not currently enrolled in high school.

All classes are taught by professional, part-time teaching staff, and are offered at no cost to the learner.

Class Schedule

Classes are offered Monday through Saturday in the morning, afternoon, and evening, with ten or twelve week sessions occurring three times a year.

  • Fall term: Late August-Late November (12 weeks)
  • Winter term: January-March (10 weeks)
  • Spring term: April-June (10 weeks)

English Language Acquisition (ELA)
Strong City’s English language classes for non-native speakers focus on vocabulary development, pronunciation, grammar, and fluency.  The center offers classes at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, in addition to an English Language and Civics class.

ELA Registration
Learners must register and be tested at this time in order to enroll.  Please note that attending registration does not guarantee learners a space in class.

Citizenship Class

The Adult Learning Center will be offering a Saturday Citizenship Class this winter. To register for this class, please call 410-261-0023


TOEFL iBT Preparation Course

Learn strategies that will help you improve your TOEFL scores!

  • Most affordable program in the area with no additional fees for textbooks or CDs
  • Self-paced, 100% online program available at your convenience from anywhere in the world
  • Full length, realistic practice exams using TOEFL simulation platform
  • Specific feedback from trained TOEFL graders on speaking and writing tests
  • Comprehensive strategy lessons for all 4 sections of the TOEFL iBT test
  • 6 months’ access to a 70-hour course

For more information, view our Final TOEFL Prep Course Brochure or call 410-261-0023.

Computer Classes

Computer skills are essential for success in life and work.  The Adult Learning Center offers computer classes for learners at the beginning and intermediate levels, which cover topics ranging from beginning keyboard and mouse skills to navigating email and the internet.

Computer Class Registration

Students must register ahead of time. Please call 410-261-3519 for more information.

Learner Advocate Program

All registered ALC learners can work with a special advocate one-on-one to help them with personal or professional goals that may exist outside of the classroom. With the help of an advocate, learners can work on resume building, job searching, interview skills, driver’s license testing, American culture, conversation skills, and more!

Learner Advocate Registration

If you are interested in working with a learner advocate, you must be enrolled in our program.


Most classes are held at the Center’s offices at 3501 N. Charles Street, in the lower level of the University Baptist Church.  Please click here for a map.

The Adult Learning Center offers additional off-site English classes in partnership with the Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance (ERICA), Esperanza Center in Fells Point, and the Goodnow Community Center.

Making Referrals

Service providers may refer interested individuals to Adult Learning Center registration events.  Please note that our policy is that the clients of referring agencies should contact the Adult Learning Center directly.

You can reach the program staff at (410) 261-3524 for more information.

This program is supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.