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English as a Second Language

Do you need to improve your English to get a job or a promotion? Apply for citizenship? Communicate with your children’s teachers? Become more confident and self-reliant? Whether your goals are personal or professional, the Palo Alto Adult School ESL program offers a wide-range of free classes to help you. For more information, call (650) 494-2326.

For additional fee-based English classes, please see the English Enrichment section.

Hear what our ESL students have to say about their class.

  • FALL SESSION ESL CLASSES

    The Palo Alto Adult School ESL program offers many classes to help you meet your English learning goals. To enter our free classes, new students must register for a placement test.

    Date range: August 21 to December 15
    (No class: September 4, October 9, (October 16/PALY only), November 10, and November 20-24.)
    Address: Site 1: Greendell School, Site 2: Escondido Village (Stanford), and Site 3: Palo Alto High School

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Price: No Fee *
    Instructor: ESL Staff

  • COMPUTER LITERACY FOR ESL STUDENTS
    (Class limited to 15 students)

    Come learn about computers in a class that is fun, friendly, and FREE!

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: None
    Instructor: Sara Ziogas, sziogas@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: August 22 to October 10
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 203
    Price: No Fee *

    SECTION B

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: October 17 to December 12
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 203
    Price: No Fee *
  • PRE-LITERACY, CBET and LEAH

    Do you need to improve your English to get a job or a promotion? Apply for citizenship? Communicate with your children’s teachers? Volunteer in your community? Make new friends? Become more confident and self-reliant?

    Quarter: Fall 2017

  • TRANSITIONS TO WORK OR COLLEGE/CAREER TRAINING *

    Prepare to take the next step in your career or education!

    Duration: 11 wks
    Date range: August 21 to November 1
    (No class: September 4.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday and Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 216

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: REQUIRED ORIENTATION: All students must attend an orientation session and take a placement test. Students interested in the class must be eligible to work or attend college in the U.S. and commit to attending a ten-week class.
    Price: No Fee*
    Instructor: Adult School Staff

  • ESL FOR PARENTS (CBET)

    Palo Alto Adult School and Barron Park Elementary School offer individualized classes for parents who want to learn English and help their children with school.

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Instructor: Susan Stevick and Nikki Holt

  • CLASES DE INGLÉS PARA LOS PADRES (CBET)

    Palo Alto Adult School y la escuela primaria de Barron Park ofrece clases individuales para los padres que quieren aprender inglés y ayudarles a sus niños con su tarea.

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Instructor: Susan Stevick and Nikki Holt

  • BE A VOLUNTEER ESL TUTOR

    Set aside two hours a week to help wonderful people at a crucial moment in their lives.

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Instructor: Lynn Tanner, LTanner@pausd.org