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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: September 12 to October 31
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 204

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: An understanding of basic expository writing (the 5-paragraph essay)
    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.

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

    SECTION A

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: August 22 to October 10
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $128

    SECTION B

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 17 to December 12
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $112
  • AVOIDING GRAMMAR MISTAKES IN CONVERSATION
    (Class limited to 16 students)

    Do you find yourself using the simple present tense all the time when speaking?

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: September 5 to October 24
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30 a.m.–12 Noon
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced low English learners
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE AMERICAN WORKPLACE

    The class will cover targeted fundamentals of business communication needed for success in the American workplace.

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: November 6 to December 11
    (No class: November 20.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 213

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $100
    Instructor: Katherine Barg, 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!

    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 *
  • CONVERSATION STARTER AND GRAMMAR

    This lively class will help you build confidence and overcome your fear of speaking in class and in everyday situations.

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for beginning level English learners
    Instructor: Nilou Shokrani, niloufar.shokrani@gmail.com

    SECTION A

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: September 5 to October 3
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205
    Price: $80

    SECTION B

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: October 17 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205
    Price: $80
  • DIVERSITY IN THE COMMUNITY

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

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced English language learners
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

    SECTION A

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: August 23 to October 11
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $128

    SECTION B

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 18 to December 13
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $112
  • ENGLISH THROUGH MOVIES

    Come explore the American life by watching four timeless movies!

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for hi intermediate to advanced English learners
    Instructor: Mitra Bahrami, mbahrami@pausd.org and Simone Wojtowicz, simonewoit@gmail.com

    SECTION A

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: August 29 to September 21
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday and Thursday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $160

    SECTION B

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: September 25 to October 18
    Day(s) of the week: Monday and Wednesday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P6
    Price: $160
  • ESL BOOK CLUB

    Do you love reading? Join our club! Connect with great books, improve your vocabulary and grammar, and make reading in English a habit.

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for Intermediate level ESL and access to a computer
    Instructor: Sharon Mason, smason@pausd.org

    SECTION A: (The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick)

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: August 25 to October 13
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P8
    Price: $128

    SECTION B: (Check back in October for the book or email the instructor)

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 20 to December 15
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P8
    Price: $112
  • FOCUS ON PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING

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

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

    SECTION A

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 23 to December 11
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 203
    Price: $112

    SECTION B

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: October 19 to December 14
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $128
  • HAVE YOU EVER…? GRAMMAR BLOGGING (**NEW**)

    Have you ever solo climbed a mountain? How long have you traveled abroad? Had you ever heard of an undersea hotel? Students will use the perfect tenses to keep an online journal (a blog) of their life experiences.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 1
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 12:15–2:15 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of verb tenses and their uses
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Sharon Hampel, shampel@pausd.org

  • LET’S TALK: ESL CONVERSATION

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

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English learners
    Instructor: Flora Gordon

    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 214
    Price: $128

    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 214
    Price: $128
  • PHRASAL VERBS IN CONTEXT
    (Class limited to 16 students)

    Phrasal verbs are fun, add color to conversation and are crucial for English language proficiency. In this exciting class, phrasal verbs will be presented thematically and in context.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: August 25 to October 13
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 10–12 Noon
    Address: Greendell Rm P4

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced low English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org

  • 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: October 24 to December 19
    (No class: No class November 21.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 217

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

  • 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.

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

    SECTION A

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: August 21 to October 9
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $112

    SECTION B

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 16 to December 11
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $112
  • 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.

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

    SECTION A

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: August 24 to October 12
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $128

    SECTION B

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 19 to December 14
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7
    Price: $112