Eighteen English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the Community College of Philadelphia prepared this exhibit. Coming from eleven different countries (Armenia, China, Colombia, India, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, and Viet Nam), the photographers exemplify the diversity of today's newcomers.
What does Philadelphia look like through their eyes?
Link to the CCP English as a Second Language Institute: http://ccp.edu/academic-offerings/adult-basic-education/english-second-language-institute
Throughout its history Philadelphia has been a destination for immigrants, beginning with the earliest Swedish and Dutch settlers.
The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) do their best to provide resources and educational services to their diverse populations. This project represents a partnership between the English department at CCP, through Ann Silverman, and the Print and Picture Collection of the FLP.
Images Source: Evening Bulletin, 5/1/50. Print and Picture Collection, Circulating collection, Immigrants. Free Library of Philadelphia
Image caption: South Philadelphia High School was originally built in 1907 as the Southern Manual Training High School for boys but when the Philadelphia School District took over its administration it became a three year training facility for immigrant children.
Link to the schedule for ESL classes in the FLP branches around the city:
For more information about adult literacy classes in the city of Philadelphia, please contact the Mayor's Commission on Literacy at 215-686-5250.
Philadelphia is the birthplace of America’s democracy and a world-class city at the heart of a world-class region — an international destination with a richly woven fabric of global communities, organizations, and businesses. For more than three centuries, the world’s peoples have come here to find new opportunities and dream of a better future. Over the same period, Philadelphia has been exporting its ideas, energy, and products to friends and neighbors all over the world. Whether you are a visitor or a regional resident, this site is your portal to everything that’s international in our region. Discover what’s global about Philadelphia!
Link to the Global Philadephia website: http://globalphiladelphia.org/
Through the "Settling In" project students were encouraged to practice their English speaking skills by describing their journey and photo selections. This is the video created by the school of their narrations.
The following sections of this digital exhibit will include the photographs from each student's assignment.