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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) 329-3752.

For additional fee-based English classes, please see the English Enrichment section.

Hear what our ESL students have to say about their class.

  • FALL SESSION ESL CLASSES

    Testing for new students is required. Registration begins ONLINE Monday, August 3, 2020. Students who are not registered to take the placement test will not be allowed to take the test.

    Date range: September 8 to December 11
    (No class: November 11 and November 23-27, 2020.)
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)

    Quarter: Fall 2020
    Price: No Fee *
    Instructor: ESL Staff

  • TRANSITIONS TO WORK OR COLLEGE/CAREER TRAINING *

    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.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 21 to November 18
    (No class: November 11.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Wednesday
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)

    Quarter: Fall 2020
    Prerequisite: To enroll in this class, you must be eligible to work or attend college in the United States, and commit to attending a nine-week class.
    Price: No Fee*
    Instructor: Susan Silver, ssilver@pausd.org Margaret Bdzil, mbdzil@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 21 to November 18
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Wednesday
    Hour: 9 a.m.–12 noon
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)
    Price: No Fee *

    SECTION B

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 21 to November 18
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: LIVE ONLINE (via ZOOM)
    Price: NO Fee *
  • 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: Fall 2020
    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: Fall 2020
    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: Fall 2020
    Instructor: Adult School Staff

  • BE A VOLUNTEER ESL TUTOR

    Tutor training for new tutors will return winter 2021 quarter.

    Instructor: Lynn Tanner, LTanner@pausd.org