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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.

  • WINTER 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: January 14 to March 8
    (No class: January 21 and February 18.)
    Address: Site 1: Greendell School, Site 2: Escondido Village (Stanford), and Site 3: Palo Alto High School

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Price: No Fee *
    Instructor: ESL 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: Winter 2019
    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: Winter 2019
    Instructor: Susan Stevick and Nikki Holt

  • 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: Winter 2019

  • TRANSITIONS TO WORK OR COLLEGE/CAREER TRAINING *

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

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 14 to March 20
    (No class: January 21 and February 18.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday -- (plus Wednesday ONLINE)
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 216

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: MANDATORY ORIENTATION Wednesday, January 9: 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. FOR INFORMATION, please call (650) 494-2326
    Price: No Fee*
    Instructor: Margaret Bdzil

  • BE A VOLUNTEER ESL TUTOR

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

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Instructor: Lynn Tanner, LTanner@pausd.org