PEDAL@GSE offers classes weekly at GSE for people connected to Penn. The Community PEDAL@GSE program offers classes to West Philadelphia community members at the Walnut West Philadelphia Library. Last fall, Community PEDAL became partners with Philadelphia Mayor James Kenny’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes adult literacy.
School District of Philadelphia humanities teacher and Penn GSE alumnus Charlie McGeehan helped organize the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Philadelphia in January, reaching over 100 Philadelphia schools.
As the world becomes more connected, people from different countries, who speak different languages, need to find ways to communicate. Yumi Matsumoto examines how people from diverse backgrounds use English as a lingua franca to bridge these linguistic and cultural divides.
“I am providing a service to the community by teaching, but I am also learning through the service,” says Anne Pyzocha, a student in the Educational Linguistics Division, specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL.