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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.

  • ESL FOR PARENTS (CBET)

    CBET* is for parents who want to learn English and help their children with school AND have a child or children who attend school in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD).

    Quarter: Winter 2021
    Instructor: Susan Stevick and Nikki Holt

  • CLASES DE INGLÉS PARA LOS PADRES (CBET)

    CBET * es para padres que quieren aprender inglés y ayudar a sus hijos con la escuela Y tener un niño o niños que asisten a la escuela en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Palo Alto (PAUSD).

    Quarter: Winter 2021
    Instructor: Susan Stevick and Nikki Holt

  • WINTER SESSION ESL CLASSES

    Testing for new students is required. Registration begins ONLINE Tuesday, November17, 2020. Students who are not registered to take the placement test will not be allowed to take the test. During the current Covid-19 period, these classes are being held LIVE ONLINE via Zoom.

    Date range: January 11 to March 19
    (No class: January 18, February 12, and February 15 .)
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)

    Quarter: Winter 2021
    Price: No Fee *
    Instructor: ESL Staff

  • ESL JOB SEARCH SKILLS

    Develop a basic understanding of the job search process and be able to apply these skills to your own job search. During the current Covid-19 period, this class is being held LIVE ONLINE via Zoom. ***PLEASE CALL THE ESL OFFICE (650) 494-2326 TO SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS.***

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 11 to March 10
    (No class: January 18 and February 15.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Wednesday
    Hour: 10 a.m.–12 noon
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)

    Quarter: Winter 2021
    Prerequisite: For intermediate level English language learners
    Price: No Fee*
    Instructor: Susan Silver, ssilver@pausd.org

  • TRANSITIONS TO WORK OR COLLEGE/CAREER TRAINING *
    (For ESL Students)

    Prepare to take the next step in your career or education! During the current Covid-19 period, our classes are being held LIVE ONLINE via Zoom.
    ***PLEASE CALL THE ESL OFFICE (650) 494-2326 TO SIGN UP FOR THESE CLASSES.***

    Duration: 2 sections / 5 wks each
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Wednesday
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)

    Quarter: Winter 2021
    Prerequisite: For advanced level language learners.
    Price: No Fee*
    Instructor: Margaret Bdzil, mbdzil@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: January 11 to February 10
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Wednesday (+ 2 hours weekly class credit for completed homework)
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)
    Price: No Fee *

    SECTION B

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: February 22 to March 24
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Wednesday (+ 2 hours weekly class credit for completed homework)
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)
    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: Winter 2021
    Instructor: Adult School Staff

  • BE A VOLUNTEER ESL TUTOR

    For information, contact ESL Volunteer Tutor Manager Lynn Tanner: LTanner@pausd.org.

    Quarter: Winter 2021
    Instructor: Ellen Spector, ellenspector@yahoo.com