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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.

  • ADVANCED RESEARCH WRITING

    Research is searching for answers through reading, interviewing, and writing.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 17 to March 7
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: An understanding of basic expository writing (the 5-paragraph essay)
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Sharon Hampel, shampel@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 16 to March 6
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: High intermediate and advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

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

    Do you find yourself using the simple present tense all the time when speaking?

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 13
    (No class: January 23.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 9:30 a.m.–12 Noon
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Advanced English learners
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org

  • COMPUTER LITERACY

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

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 6
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 203

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: No Fee *
    Instructor: Sara Ziogas, sziogas@pausd.org

  • 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 18 to March 8
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A7

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: High intermediate and advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

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

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

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 1
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    Hour: 7–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm CL1

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Children must be enrolled at Palo Alto Unified School District
    Price: No Fee *
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org

  • ENGLISH THROUGH MOVIES

    Come explore the American life by watching four timeless movies!

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: High intermediate to advanced English learners
    Instructor: Mitra Bahrami, mbahrami@pausd.org

    SECTION A

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: January 16 to February 8
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday and Thursday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $200

    SECTION B

    Duration: 4 wks
    Date range: February 13 to March 8
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday and Thursday
    Hour: 12:15–2:45 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9
    Price: $200
  • FOCUS ON PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING

    Speak English more clearly and confidently, and improve your listening comprehension.

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

    SECTION A

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 22 to March 19
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 202
    Price: $128

    SECTION B

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 18 to March 22
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3
    Price: $160
  • HAVE YOU EVER…? GRAMMAR BLOGGING (**NEW**)

    Have you ever solo climbed a mountain? How long have you traveled abroad? Had you ever heard of an undersea hotel? Students will use the perfect tenses to keep an online journal (a blog) of their life experiences.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 6
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 12:15–2:15 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P2

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of verb tenses and their uses
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Sharon Hampel, shampel@pausd.org

  • LET’S TALK: ESL CONVERSATION

    Learn to communicate more freely and effectively, and increase your vocabulary and conversational fluency!

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 6
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 214

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: High intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Flora Gordon

  • TOEFL

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

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 6
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 217

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: High/advanced English level students
    Price: $192
    Instructor: Sharon Hampel, shampel@pausd.org

  • 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 7
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Address: Cubberley Rm A3

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: High intermediate and advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Simone Wojtowicz, simonewojt@gmail.com

  • VERB TENSES IN CONVERSATION—
    GOING BEYOND THE SIMPLE PRESENT
    (Class limited to 18 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: 8 wks
    Date range: January 18 to March 9
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 10 a.m.–12 noon
    Address: Greendell Rm P4

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: High intermediate to advanced English learners
    Price: $128
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org