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English Enrichment

These classes are offered for non-native speakers who have tested above our state-supported program or who wish to focus on one specific area of English. It is not necessary to take the placement test before enrolling in these classes. Please see the English as a Second Language section for free state-supported classes.

  • ADVANCED RESEARCH WRITING

    Research is searching for answers through reading, interviewing, and writing.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 22 to May 17
    (No class: No class April 5.)
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 202

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: A grasp of syntax (no run-ons or fragments and an understanding of basic expository writing (paragraph structure)
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Sharon Hampel, shampel@pausd.org

  • AMERICAN IDIOMS 101

    This class is ideal for students who want to develop their reading, listening, speaking and writing skills while becoming familiar with many useful English expressions.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 14 to May 9
    (No class: April 4.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

  • BUSINESS ORAL COMMUNICATIONS

    Business Oral Communications will emphasize the skills needed to communicate effectively in the workplace in a variety of situations.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 16 to May 11
    (No class: April 6.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6:30–9:00 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 203

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: High intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Katherine Barg Ed.D., professorbarg@gmail.com

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

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

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: April 11 to May 9
    (No class: April 4.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 203

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: No Fee*
    Instructor: Sara Ziogas, sziogas@pausd.org

  • DIVERSITY IN THE COMMUNITY

    This class is ideal for students who want to improve their English skills while exploring cultural diversity in America.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 15 to May 10
    (No class: April 5.)
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced English language learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

    No Longer Available

  • ESL BOOK CLUB

    Do you love reading? Join our club! We will read one book together each quarter.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 13 to May 8
    (No class: April 3.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P8

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced level ESL or higher
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Sharon Mason, smason@pausd.org

  • EXPLORING EVERYDAY GRAMMAR

    Take a tour of interesting locales worldwide while chatting about travel experiences and personal goals.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 16 to May 11
    (No class: April 6.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A6

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for intermediate and advanced ESL students
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Sharon Hampel, shampel@pausd.org

    No Longer Available

  • FOCUS ON ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING

    Speak English more clearly and confidently, and improve your listening comprehension.

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: High intermediate oral English skills (non-native speakers)
    Instructor: Sue Stevick, sstevick@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 13 to May 8
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 202
    Price: $128

    SECTION B

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 16 to May 11
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $128
  • LET’S TALK: ESL CONVERSATION

    Learn to communicate more freely and effectively, and increase your vocabulary and conversational fluency!

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 14 to May 9
    (No class: April 4.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 214

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Flora Gordon

    No Longer Available

  • SPEAKING ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE

    This class gives students a chance to improve practical conversation skills in clear pronunciation, vocabulary related to current events, culture and daily living situations.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 15 to May 10
    (No class: April 5.)
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 1–3 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P5

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Katherine Barg Ed.D, professorbarg@gmail.com

  • TOEFL

    Improve your language skills, note-taking skills, test taking strategies, speaking, writing, and listening in preparation for the TOEFL test.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 14 to May 9
    (No class: No class April 4.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 217

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high/advanced English level students
    Price: $192
    Instructor: Ludmila Sinai

  • TOP 5 US PRESIDENTS

    This class is ideal for students who want to improve their English skills while becoming familiar with the most influential presidents of the United States.

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: March 16 to April 27
    (No class: April 6.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

  • US HISTORY AND CULTURE

    This class is ideal for students who want to improve their English skills while becoming familiar with many interesting aspects of US history and culture.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: March 13 to May 8
    (No class: April 3.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English language learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

  • VERB TENSES IN CONVERSATION—MOVING BEYOND THE SIMPLE PRESENT
    (Class limited to 16 students)

    Do you find yourself using the simple present tense all the time? Have you ever wondered whether to use the present perfect or the simple past? Do verb tenses in English drive you crazy and limit your ability to have a conversation?

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: March 24 to May 12
    (No class: April 7.)
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P4

    Quarter: Spring 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced low or intermediate high with good foundation in grammar
    Price: $112
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org