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Online Adult Learning Academy

Free, online classes in language learning, test preparation and basic education.

Winter 2022
January 3 – March 17

Gain important skills for life, school and work through the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s free Adult Learning Academy. Free online courses taught by certified teachers are available Monday through Thursday from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. to adults 18 and up who live in Miami-Dade County.

The available courses are:

To become an adult learner, you must:

  • Have access to the Internet and a computer with video and audio
  • Register online with a valid email address, phone number, first name and last name (no initials)
  • Commit to attend all classes in the course

Online Course Schedule and Registration

Registration with a valid phone number and full name is required for participation. Adult learners can register by clicking on the registration links below or by visiting the Library’s Calendar of Events. Registration will be for the full 10-week or 7-week course, there is no need to register more than once. All sessions will be recorded.

The online classes are hosted through Zoom. Space is limited. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email 24 hours prior to start time.


Basic Spanish for Beginners (10 weeks)

Basic course designed for non-Spanish speakers who have never spoken the language. To provide more scheduling options, the same course is taught at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Intermediate Spanish for Adults (10 weeks)

This course is designed for adults who can communicate in Spanish but need help to improve vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills. To provide more scheduling options, the same course is taught at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 


Advanced Spanish Communication Skills (10 weeks)

This course is designed for adults with a high-intermediate understanding of Spanish as a second language but need improvement in communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. Most of the class will be taught in Spanish. To provide more scheduling options, the same course is taught at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Basic English for Beginners (10 weeks)

Certified teachers will provide basic, elementary English language instruction for adults with no understanding of the language. To provide more scheduling options, the same course is taught at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Intermediate English for Adults (10 weeks)

This course is designed for adults who can hold basic conversations in English but need help to improve vocabulary, grammar, and fluency. To provide more scheduling options, the same course is taught at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Advanced English Communication Skills (10 weeks)

This course is designed for adults with a high-intermediate understanding of English as a second language but need improvement in communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. To provide more scheduling options, the same course is taught at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Basic Portuguese – Level 1 (10 weeks)

During this 10-week course, Cultural Center for Language Studies language teachers will provide basic Portuguese language instruction to enable adults to communicate appropriately in social and general business situations. This program focuses on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.


Basic Portuguese – Level 2 (10 weeks)
Prerequisite: Basic Portuguese – Level 1


During this 10-week class, Cultural Center for Language Studies language teachers will build upon lessons learned in the Level 1 class to enhance communication skills in social and general business situations. Instruction focuses on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.


Adult Basic Education – Basic Reading Skills (10 weeks)

Certified teachers will provide instruction in reading skills at the elementary level. Adults will be tested to determine reading levels and instruction will be provided at a level equivalent to kindergarten through fifth grade.


Adult Basic Education – Basic Math Skills (10 weeks)

Certified teachers will provide instruction in math skills at a level equivalent to kindergarten through fifth grade to help adults improve their math problem-solving skills.


GED Test Preparation (10 weeks)

Certified teachers will provide instruction on GED content by reviewing skills and providing practice questions to help students prepare for the GED test.


SAT Test Preparation (7 weeks)

Helpful tips and strategies that every test-taker should know to prepare for the SAT college admissions exam. To provide more scheduling options, the same course is taught at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


US Citizenship Class*

These classes will prepare qualified individuals for the U.S. citizenship test. Participants will learn citizenship eligibility requirements, U.S. history and government, interview tips and more. Instruction will be provided in English only. To provide more scheduling options, the same course is taught at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


This project was partially funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s LSTA program is administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.