Education - Adult and Intergenerational Learning

The Swearer Center's adult and intergenerational learning programs span a range of teaching and learning opportunities including work in the area of language and literacy development with adult immigrant and refugees, intergenerational learning with young and older learners as well as work sited in prisons, and with adult with developmental disabilities.

Students wishing to learn more about any opportunities are encouraged to contact the community fellows leading each program listed below. In addition, students wishing to learn more about adult language and literacy acquisition and instruction are encouraged to contact Janet Isserlis ( to learn more about learning to do that work in community settings through a process of observation, discussion and reflection.

MET Family Literacy Program

Includes ESOL classes for adults, with childcare offered onsite for children between ages four and twelve.

Olneyville ESOL

Offers adult English classes in the Olneyville community (D'Abate Community School).

To join the ESOL community attend one of our upcoming information sessions:

Monday 9/19 7PM; Wilson 109 

Tuesday 9/20 7PM; Wilson 109


Partnership for Adult Learning (PAL)

One-on-one tutoring for adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Providence community.

Space in Prison for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE)

Creative arts workshops that help inmates inside the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution explore their talents and develop a personal voice (ACI).

Writers' Group

Creative writing workshops that enhance expression and communication while decreasing the isolation experienced by many developmentally disabled adults (with Blackstone Valley Industries).