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World Languages

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

  • CHINESE: Beginning

    Learn the most popular language in the world in an efficient way and talk with accurate pronunciation from the beginning!

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 309

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    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: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 8–10 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 309

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Chinese Beginning or fundamentals of Chinese phonetics
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Lucia Wu, lucia_wwh@sbcglobal.net

  • FRENCH BEGINNING —CRASH COURSE

    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: September 10 to November 26
    (No class: November 12 and 19.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:15–7:45 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 219

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Hunter Reardon, hreardon@pausd.org

  • FRENCH: INTERMEDIATE I

    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: September 11 to November 6
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: French Advanced Beginning III or equivalent
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Mireille Belloni, msbfrench@gmail.com

  • FRENCH: ADVANCED GRAMMAR (**NEW**)

    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: September 13 to November 8
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6:15–8:15 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: High Intermediate (natural use of simple tenses, passé composé and present conditional; personal and relative pronouns)
    Price: $144
    Instructor: Mireille Belloni, msbfrench@gmail.com

  • 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: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    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: September 27 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 305

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Kathleen Stender-Theuring, kathleen.st.theuring@gmail.com

  • ITALIAN: ELEMENTARY (**NEW**)

    Students approaching Italian for the first time will get acquainted with Italian Language and Culture at a basic level.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 11 to November 13
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6–7:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN BEGINNING IV

    This is a hands-on class focusing on the development of conversational skills in Italian. It is meant as continuation for those who have already attended Italian Beginning III, or have a similar competence in the language.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: September 10 to November 5
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Italian Beginning III
    Price: $144
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: INTERMEDIATE REVIEW

    This course is meant as a review for students at an intermediate level, both in grammar and conversational skills.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 11 to November 13
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 7:35–9:05 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Previous knowledge of Italian language at an intermediate level
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: ADVANCED GRAMMAR

    Un’esperienza tutta italiana! In this class entirely conducted in Italian, students will acquire new linguistic and grammatical elements, and will master and refine their abilities of describing, narrating and discussing.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6–7:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: High Intermediate (knowledge of present, past, future, prepositions, adjectives and pronouns, present conditional, comparatives and superlatives, relatives pronouns, and intermediate vocabulary)
    Price: $120
    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: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 7:35–9:05 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Advanced Italian skills
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Stefania Filigheddu, stefania.filigheddu@gmail.com

  • JAPANESE: BEGINNING (**NEW**)

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

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 10 to November 26
    (No class: November 12 and 19.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 303

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $160
    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.

    Duration: 6 wks
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Previous level
    Instructor: Leonardo McCord Salazar

    SECTION A (Level 1) (Limit 30 students)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 13 to November 15
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $160

    SECTION B (Level 3)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 11 to November 13
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $160

    SECTION C (Level 4)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: September 10 to November 26
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    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: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 303

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    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: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    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: September 12 to November 14
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 8–10 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Fall 2018
    Prerequisite: Advanced Spanish skills
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Leonardo McCord Salazar