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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.

  • 21ST CENTURY COMMUNICATION: LISTENING, SPEAKING AND CRITICAL THINKING
    (Class limited to 20 students)

    If you are an advanced ESL learner or have termed out of the advanced low ESL class at the Palo Alto Adult School, and if you want to take your English conversation skills to the next level, this class is for you!

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: January 18 to March 8
    (No class: February 15.)
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
    Address: Greendell Rm P4

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Advanced ESL speaking skills—be able to comfortably participate in everyday conversations, express opinions, ask and answer questions, describe simple situations (errors are okay but they must not stop participation.
    Price: $140
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@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.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 15 to March 12
    (No class: February 26.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Recommended for intermediate high to advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

  • AVOIDING GRAMMAR MISTAKES IN CONVERSATION
    (Class limited to 18 students)

    Do English prepositions such as on and at, up and above, to and from confuse you?

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 14 to March 18
    (No class: January 21 and February 18.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: For advanced ESL language learners
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org

    No Longer Available

  • 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: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high beginning to intermediate English learners
    Instructor: Nilou Shokrani, niloufar.shokrani@gmail.com

    SECTION A

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: January 15 to February 12
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 201
    Price: $80
    No Longer Available

    SECTION B

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: January 18 to February 22
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9–11 a.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P8
    Price: $80
    No Longer Available
  • DIVERSITY IN THE COMMUNITY

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

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 13
    (No class: February 27.)
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced English language learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

  • EFFECTIVE EMAILS

    In today’s world, whether for business, school or personal matters, much of our written communication is done via emails. This class shows you the rules of writing direct, clear and concise emails (See individual module fees.)

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: January 31 to February 28
    (No class: February 14.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 218

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: High intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $64 for ALL 4 weeks (See individual module fees.)
    Instructor: Mitra Bahrami, mbahrami@pausd.org

    SECTION A (Basic Emails)

    Duration: 2 wks: January 31 AND February 7, 2019
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 218
    Price: $40

    SECTION B (Advanced Emails)

    Duration: 2 wks: February 21 AND February 28, 2019
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 218
    Price: $40
  • ENGLISH THROUGH MOVIES

    This class is designed for students who want to improve their listening and speaking skills, expand their vocabulary, and learn more about US history and culture in a fun and engaging environment! (See individual module fees.)

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 22 to March 14
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday AND Thursday
    Address: Greendell Rm P9

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Intermediate high to intermediate advanced English leearners
    Price: $160 ( (for ALL 8 weeks -OR- Students can sign up for each module separately.)
    Instructor: Mitra Bahrami, mbahrami@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 2 wks
    Date range: January 22 to January 31
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday AND Thursday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $50

    SECTION B

    Duration: 2 wks
    Date range: February 5 to February 14
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday AND Thursday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $50

    SECTION C

    Duration: 2 wks
    Date range: February 19 to February 28
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday AND Thursday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $50

    SECTION D

    Duration: 2 wks
    Date range: March 5 to March 14
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday AND Thursday
    Hour: 12:15 –2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $50
  • FOCUS ON PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING

    Speak English more clearly and confidently. Improve your listening comprehension and master the most important elements of English pronunciation!

    Duration: 8 wks

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: High intermediate oral English skills (non-native speakers)
    Instructor: Sue Stevick, sstevick@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 14 to March 18
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 202
    Price: $128
    No Longer Available

    SECTION B

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 17 to March 7
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $128
  • PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE: BASIC PHONE SKILLS

    Improve your confidence when you speak on the phone in English! In this class, you will practice making appointments, canceling appointments, and lodging complaints.

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: January 24 to February 28
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P7

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: For beginning and intermediate English language learners
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Michelle Skowbo, mskowbo@pausd.org

    No Longer Available

  • PRESENT WITH CONFIDENCE! ORAL PRESENTATION WORKSHOP

    Do you want to be able to present with confidence? Do you need to present information or research to a group?

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: February 13 to March 6
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:00 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 213

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced native English speakers
    Price: $80
    Instructor: Katherine Barg, Ed.D., professorbarg@gmail.com

    No Longer Available

  • TOEFL

    This class is designed to help English language learners understand the TOEFL test and prepare for it. (See individual module fees.)

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 13
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: High/advanced English level students
    Price: $216 ( (for ALL 9 weeks -OR- Students can sign up for each module separately.)
    Instructor: Mitra Bahrami, mbahrami@pausd.org

    No Longer Available

    SECTION A: Reading

    Duration: 2 wks
    Date range: January 16 to January 23
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205
    Price: $60
    No Longer Available

    SECTION B: Listening

    Duration: 2 wks
    Date range: January 30 to February 6
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205
    Price: $60
    No Longer Available

    SECTION C: Speaking

    Duration: 2 wks
    Date range: February 13 to February 20
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205
    Price: $60
    No Longer Available

    SECTION D: Writing

    Duration: 3 wks
    Date range: February 27 to March 13
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205
    Price: $80
    No Longer Available
  • US CULTURE WITH MOVIES—SELECTED THEMES (**NEW**)

    This class gives you a cultural understanding of Business and Education in the US.

    Duration: 8 wks (OR: Section A / 4 wks -or- Section B / 4 wks)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: High intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $160 for ALL 8 weeks or $95 for 4 wks (Section A or Section B)
    Instructor: Mitra Bahrami, mbahrami@pausd.org

    SECTION A (Business in the US)

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: January 22 to February 12
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205
    Price: $95

    SECTION B (Education in the US)

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: February 19 to March 12
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Price: $95
  • 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.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 17 to March 14
    (No class: February 28.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English language learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz simonewojt@gmail.com