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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!

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Advanced ESL speaking skills
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: August 24 to October 12
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
    Address: Greendell Rm P4
    Price: $160

    SECTION B

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: October 19 to December 14
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
    Address: Greendell Rm P4
    Price: $160
  • 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.

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for intermediate high to advanced English learners
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

    SECTION A

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: September 11 to October 16
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30 –11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $96
    No Longer Available

    SECTION B

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: October 30 to December 11
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $96
  • 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: 7 wks
    Date range: August 20 to October 8
    (No class: September 3.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced English language learners
    Price: $140
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

    The class will cover targeted fundamentals of business communication needed for success in the American workplace.

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: October 22 to December 10
    (No class: November 12 and 19.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 213

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Intermediate to advanced non-native English learners (but everyone is welcome to join us!)
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Katherine Barg Ed.D, professorbarg@gmail.com

  • COMPUTER LITERACY

    Come learn about computers in a class that is fun, friendly, and FREE!

    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: No Fee *
    Instructor: Sharon Mason

    SECTION C

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 23 to December 11
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P8
    Price: No Fee *

    SECTION D

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 23 to December 11
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 203
    Price: No Fee *
  • 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: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high beginning to intermediate English learners
    Instructor: Nilou Shokrani, niloufar.shokrani@gmail.com

    SECTION A

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: August 24 to October 5
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9–11 a.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P8
    Price: $112

    SECTION B

    Duration: 5 wks
    Date range: October 12 to November 9
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9–11 a.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P8
    Price: $80
  • DIVERSITY IN THE COMMUNITY

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

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: September 13 to October 18
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for advanced English language learners
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

  • ENGAGING IN YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION
    (Class limited to 15 students)

    A class specifically for families with English as a Second Language who have children in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Children must be enrolled at Palo Alto Unified School District
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org

    SESSION 1

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: September 4 to October 9
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Tuesday
    Hour: 7–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P4
    Price: No Fee *

    SESSION 2

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: October 15 to November 27
    Day(s) of the week: Monday AND Tuesday
    Hour: 7–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P4
    Price: No Fee *
  • 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!

    Duration: Two Sections: (each section 4 weeks / 2 days per week)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday AND Thursday

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Intermediate high to advanced/high English level students
    Instructor: Mitra Bahrami, mbahrami@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: September 11 to October 4
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday AND Thursday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $160
    No Longer Available

    SECTION B

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: October 16 to November 8
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday AND Thursday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $160
  • FOCUS ON PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING

    Improve your listening comprehension and master the most important elements of English pronunciation!

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: High intermediate oral English skills (non-native speakers)
    Instructor: Sue Stevick, sstevick@pausd.org

    SECTION A (Chapters 1- 6)

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: August 20 to October 8
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 202
    Price: $112

    SECTION B (Chapters 1- 6)

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: August 23 to October 11
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $128
    No Longer Available

    SECTION C (Chapters 7-12)

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 15 to December 10
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 202
    Price: $112

    SECTION D (Chapters 7-12)

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: October 18 to December 13
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $128
  • ONE SMALL STEP: SPEAKING ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE

    Students in this class will practice the fundamentals of understanding and speaking English well!

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: October 24 to December 5
    (No class: November 21.)
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P6

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Katherine Barg Ed.D, professorbarg@gmail.com

  • PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE: BASIC PHONE SKILLS (**NEW**)

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

    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Address: Greendell Rm. P7

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: For beginning and intermediate English language learners
    Instructor: Michelle Skowbo, mskowbo@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: September 13 to October 18
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P7
    Price: $96
    No Longer Available

    SECTION B

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: October 25 to December 6
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm P7
    Price: $96
  • 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: October 24 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:00 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 213

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced native English speakers
    Price: $80
    Instructor: Katherine Barg, Ed.D., professorbarg@gmail.com

  • TOEFL

    This class is designed to help English language learners understand the TOEFL test and prepare for it.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: High/advanced English level students
    Price: $240
    Instructor: Mitra Bahrami, mbahrami@pausd.org

    No Longer Available

  • 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.

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate and advanced English language learners
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

    SECTION A

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: September 12 to October 17
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $96

    SECTION B

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: October 31 to December 12
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $96
  • US PRESIDENTS

    This class is ideal for students who want to improve their English skills while becoming familiar with the most influential presidents of the United States.

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: November 1 to December 13
    (No class: No class November 22.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for high intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

  • VERB TENSES IN CONVERSATION
    (Class limited to 20 students)

    Do you find yourself using the simple present tense all the time? Have you ever wondered whether to use the present perfect or the simple past? Do verb tenses in English drive you crazy and limit your ability to have a conversation?

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: October 15 to December 10
    (No class: November 12 and November 19.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Recommended for intermediate high (and above) English language learners
    Price: $140
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org