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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: January 17 to March 21
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 8:05–9:35 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 309

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $120
    Instructor: Lucia Wu, lucia_wwh@sbcglobal.net

  • CHINESE: Continuing Class

    Learn the most popular and the most difficult language in the world. Continue to build vocabulary, develop grammar, reading and conversational skills.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 17 to March 21
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 309

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

  • FRENCH BEGINNING —CRASH COURSE 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 18 to March 22
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 219

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: None
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Hunter Reardon, hreardon@pausd.org

  • FRENCH BEGINNING —CRASH COURSE II (**NEW**)

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

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 20
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 219

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: French: Beginning - Crash Course I, or a cursory understanding of French numbers, gender grammar, and pronunciation.
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Hunter Reardon, hreardon@pausd.org

  • FRENCH: Advanced Beginning II

    Bonjour! Don’t let your knowledge of French go rusty. Come and expand your basic skills.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 18 to March 15
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Advanced Beginning I (or equivalent)
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Mireille Belloni, msbfrench@gmail.com

  • FRENCH: INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR AND READING (**NEW**)

    Improve your French language skills, learn new grammar structures and enrich your vocabulary.

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 13
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Two years of previous French study
    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: January 18 to March 21
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 310

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Advanced French skills
    Price: $160
    Instructor: Malika Labidi, malikalabidi@yahoo.com

  • ITALIAN: Beginning II

    Students with a basic knowledge of Italian will go forward with their knowledge of the Italian language and culture.

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: January 29 to March 19
    (No class: February 19.)
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 307

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Beginning 1 and/or basic acquaintance with Italian. New students are welcome, but they should catch up on their own.
    Price: $112
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: GRAMMAR REVIEW AND INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION (**NEW**)

    Students will practice their Italian skills, review main grammar topics, learn new structures, and more!

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 18 to March 22
    (No class: February 15.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6–7:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: High intermediate
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Stefania Filigheddu, stefania.filigheddu@gmail.com

  • ITALIAN: Intermediate I

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

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 30 to March 20
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 6–7:30 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Italian Beginning III
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: INTERMEDIATE II

    Students will deepen and expand their knowledge of Italian grammar, becoming able to communicate better in Italian, using sentences with a more complex structure.

    Duration: 8 wks
    Date range: January 30 to March 20
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Hour: 7:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Intermediate I
    Price: $96
    Instructor: Francesca Lorenzon

  • ITALIAN: Advanced Reading and Conversation

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

    Duration: 9 wks
    Date range: January 18 to March 22
    (No class: February 15.)
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 7:35–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 308

    Quarter: Winter 2018
    Prerequisite: Advanced Italian skills
    Price: $108
    Instructor: Stefania Filigheddu, stefania.filigheddu@gmail.com

  • SPANISH: Beginning

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

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

    SECTION A (Level 1)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 22 to March 19
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $128

    SECTION B (Level 2)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 18 to March 22
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302
    Price: $160

    SECTION D (Level 4)

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: January 16 to March 20
    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: January 17 to March 21
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 7–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 303

    Quarter: Winter 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: January 17 to March 21
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6–8 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

    Quarter: Winter 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: January 17 to March 21
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 8–10 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 302

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