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World Languages

Palo Alto Adult School offers classes in six different languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Our classes cover Beginning to Advanced instruction based on community interest and demand.

  • CHINESE: BEGINNING II

    Improve pronunciations through practice of tongue twisters and readings, learn the ways to apply different tone changes and the use of measure words.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 20
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 86–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 309

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Lucia Wu, lucia_wwh@sbcglobal.net

  • CHINESE: CONTINUING CLASS

    Learn to use words with different structures to express yourself more skillfully in a variety of topics in daily life!

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 20
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 8–10 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 309

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Beginning Chinese or fundamentals of Chinese
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Lucia Wu, lucia_wwh@sbcglobal.net

  • FRENCH BEGINNING —CRASH COURSE LEVEL I

    Bienvenue à Palo Alto Adult School! This course, covering everything from basic pronunciation to essential vocabulary and grammar, will orient students to the language and culture of France.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 14 to March 18
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 8–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 219

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Hunter Reardon, hreardon@pausd.org

  • FRENCH BEGINNING —CRASH COURSE LEVEL II

    Bon retour! This course will support students who enrolled in the first quarter of Beginning French – Crash Course Level I in continuing to develop their understanding of French vocabulary and grammar.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 14 to March 18
    (No class: January 21 and February 18.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:15–7:45 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 219

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: French Beginning – Crash Course Level I or a cursory understanding of French numbers, gender, grammar, and pronunciation
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Hunter Reardon, hreardon@pausd.org

  • FRENCH: INTERMEDIATE

    More grammar, more vocabulary, more conversational French: work on your oral comprehension and on expressing yourself in a more complex way.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 13
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6–7:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: French Advanced Beginning III or equivalent
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Mireille Belloni, mbelloni@pausd.org

  • FRENCH: ADVANCED

    This class is aimed at students who can express themselves in French fairly fluidly and want to move towards more ease and complexity.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 13
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: High Intermediate (natural use of simple tenses, passé composé and present conditional; personal and relative pronouns)
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Mireille Belloni, mbelloni@pausd.org

  • FRENCH: ADVANCED —
    ET SI NOUS PARLIONS FRANÇAIS?

    Bonjour! Welcome to Et Si Nous Parlions Français, an advanced class that will help boost your conversational skills in French!

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 20
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Advanced French skills
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Malika Labidi, malikalabidi@yahoo.com

  • GERMAN FOR TRAVELERS

    Guten Tag und herzlich wilkommen! This class is designed for students who are interested in learning German, or traveling to Germany.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 6
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 307

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Kathleen Stender-Theuring, kathleen.st.theuring@gmail.com

    No Longer Available

  • ITALIAN: ELEMENTARY II

    Students will deepen their knowledge of Italian language and culture practicing hands-on Italian structures already learned and introduce new ones based on oral pattern drills.

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: February 5 to March 19
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6–7:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Italian Elementary I
    Price: $84
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: INTERMEDIATE I

    This course will continue the work already done with Nuovo Espresso 1 and students will master previous concepts and deepen their understanding and speaking ability in Italian.

    Duration: 6 wks
    Date range: February 4 to March 19
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: High beginning (knowledge of greetings, articles, adjectives, nouns present tense and passato prossio of Italian verbs)
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR (Italian Prepositions)

    Students will master their knowledge of Italian prepositions, known to be a troublesome subject!

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: February 5 to March 19
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 7:35–9:05 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: High beginning or intermediate Italian
    Price: $84
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: ADVANCED GRAMMAR (2nd Quarter)

    Un’esperienza tutta italiana! Students will acquire new linguistic and grammatical elements, and will master and refine their abilities of describing, narrating and discussing.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 17 to March 21
    (No class: February 21.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6–7:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: High Intermediate (knowledge of present, past, future, prepositions, adjectives and pronouns, present and past conditional, comparatives and superlatives, relative pronouns, subjunctive and high intermediate vocabulary)
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Stefania Filigheddu, stefania.filigheddu@gmail.com

  • ITALIAN BOOK CLUB: ADVANCED — READING AND CONVERSATION

    Have fun in this lively and challenging class and increase your knowledge of Italian vocabulary and culture while reading and conversing only in Italian!

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 17 to March 21
    (No class: February 21.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 7:35–9:05 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Advanced Italian skills
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Stefania Filigheddu, stefania.filigheddu@gmail.com

  • JAPANESE: BEGINNING I

    Do you want to start learning the Japanese language? Then this is the right class for you!

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 15 to March 19
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 303

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Ryoko Tsung, ryoko185@gmail.com

  • JAPANESE: BEGINNING II (**NEW**)

    This class is for students who have previously taken at least 10 hours of Japanese. Students should be able to read and write Hiragana and Katakana for this level.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 14 to March 18
    (No class: January 21 and February 18.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 303

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Japanese Beginning I or equivalent
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Ryoko Tsung, ryoko185@gmail.com

  • SPANISH: BEGINNING

    Learn the essentials of Spanish grammar from a native speaker and develop the four language skills in meaningful contexts.

    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Level 1, None; Level 2 and 4, previous level
    Instructor: Leonardo McCord Salazar

    SECTION A (Level 1) Class limit 30 students

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 14 to March 18
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $128
    No Longer Available

    SECTION B (Level 2)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 17 to March 21
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $160

    SECTION C (Level 4)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 15 to March 19
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $160
  • SPANISH: LOW INTERMEDIATE

    ¿Habla Vd. Español? Continue your studies and focus on conversational skills. Add to your knowledge of grammar and Hispanic culture.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: March 20 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 303

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Two quarters of beginning Spanish or equivalent
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Sarah Tevis, tevvy67@hotmail.com

  • SPANISH: HIGH INTERMEDIATE

    Learn the fine points of Spanish grammar and the multiple uses of the subjunctive mood in this engaging course.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 20
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Three quarters of low intermediate Spanish or equivalent
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Leonardo McCord Salazar

  • SPANISH: ADVANCED CONVERSATION AND LITERATURE

    Converse with other students in Spanish, and read contemporary Spanish or Latin-American plays, novels and short stories.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 20
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 8–10 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Winter 2019
    Prerequisite: Advanced Spanish skills
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Leonardo McCord Salazar