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World Languages

Palo Alto Adult School offers classes in four different languages: Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. Our classes cover Beginning to Advanced instruction based on community interest and demand.

  • CHINESE: Beginning

    Learn the most popular language in the world in an efficient way and talk with accurate pronunciation from the beginning!

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 8:05–9:35 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 309

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Lucia Wu, lucia_wwh@sbcglobal.net

  • CHINESE: Continuing Class

    Learn the most popular and the most difficult language in the world. Continue to build vocabulary, develop grammar, reading and conversational skills.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 309

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Knowledge of Chinese phonetics
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Lucia Wu, lucia_wwh@sbcglobal.net

  • FRENCH BEGINNING —CRASH COURSE (**NEW**)

    Bienvenue à Palo Alto Adult School! This course, covering everything from basic pronunciation to essential vocabulary and grammar, will orient students to the language and culture of France.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 219

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Hunter Reardon, hreardon@pausd.org

  • FRENCH: Advanced Beginning

    Bonjour! Continue improving your French skills in this class based on interactive participation.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 7
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Three quarters of French with Palo Alto Adult School or equivalent
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Mireille Belloni, msbfrench@gmail.com

  • FRENCH: Intermediate Reading and Conversation

    Read in French, improve your language skills, learn new grammar structures and enrich your vocabulary.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 7
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 8–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Two years of previous French study
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Mireille Belloni, msbfrench@gmail.com

  • FRENCH: Advanced —
    Et Si Nous Parlions Français?

    Bonjour! Welcome to Et Si Nous Parlions Français, an advanced class that will help boost your conversational skills in French!

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Advanced French skills
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Malika Labidi, malikalabidi@yahoo.com

  • ITALIAN: Beginning

    Take the opportunity to get acquainted with Italian Language and Culture at a basic level.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 11 to November 13
    (No class: October 9.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 307

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $144
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN BEGINNING III

    Students will deepen their knowledge of Italian Language and Culture, practicing hands-on Italian structures already learned and some new ones.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 14
    (No class: October 10.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6–7:25 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Italian Beginning II
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: Intermediate I

    This is a hands-on class focusing on the development of conversational skills in Italian. It is a continuation for those who have already attended Italian Beginner III, or have a similar competence in the language.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 14
    (No class: October 10.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 7:35–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Italian Beginning III
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN THROUGH CONTEMPORARY FILM (**NEW**)

    A new way to challenge yourself, improve your Italian comprehension, and learn more about Italian society!

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: September 18 to October 30
    (No class: October 9.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Intermediate high-advanced; comfortable command of understanding and speaking
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Stefania Filigheddu, stefania.filigheddu@gmail.com

  • ITALIAN: Advanced Grammar

    Keep building the Italian skills developed in Intermediate 3 level.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 14 to November 16
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6–7:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Italian Intermediate 3 (knowledge of present, past, future, present conditional, present subjunctive; Chapters 1-19, 21-26, plus 32 in the textbook)
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Stefania Filigheddu, stefania.filigheddu@gmail.com

  • ITALIAN: Advanced Reading and Conversation

    Have fun in this lively and challenging class and increase your Italian vocabulary and culture while reading and conversing only in Italian.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 14 to November 16
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 7:35–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Advanced Italian skills
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Stefania Filigheddu, stefania.filigheddu@gmail.com

  • SPANISH: Beginning

    Learn the essentials of Spanish grammar from a native speaker and develop the four language skills in meaningful contexts.

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Previous level
    Instructor: Leonardo McCord Salazar

    SECTION A (Level 1)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 14 to November 16
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $160

    SECTION B (Level 2)

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 11 to November 13
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $144

    SECTION C (Level 3)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $160

    SECTION D (Level 4)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 8–10 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $160
  • SPANISH: Low Intermediate

    ¿Habla Vd. Español? Continue your studies and focus on conversational skills. Add to your knowledge of grammar and Hispanic culture.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 303

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Two quarters of beginning Spanish or equivalent
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Sarah Tevis, tevvy67@hotmail.com

  • SPANISH: High Intermediate

    Learn the fine points of Spanish grammar and the multiple uses of the subjunctive mood in this engaging course.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Three quarters of low intermediate Spanish or equivalent
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Leonardo McCord Salazar

  • SPANISH: Advanced Conversation and Literature

    Converse with other students in Spanish, and read contemporary Spanish or Latin-American plays, novels and short stories.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 8–10 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Fall 2017
    Prerequisite: Advanced Spanish skills
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Leonardo McCord Salazar