Learning English


  • Adult Education Programs in local schools offer daytime and evening classes in many levels of English. (Many other subjects are also taught.) Schedules are available at each schools and at the I-Center.
    • Palo Alto Adult School (329-3752)
      50 Embarcadero Road.
      (329-3752) 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto offers English classes in Escondido Village at Stanford, as well as at other locations. Evening classes are offered at Palo Alto High School. New students can take a placement test. Visit their website or call for test schedules and other information. Bring someone who can speak English to the test in order to complete the paperwork. Classes are often full, so you may be placed on a waiting list and notified when a space is available.
    • Mountain View Adult School (940-1333)
      333 Moffett Bld., Mountain View.
    • Sequoia District Adult School (306-8866 ext. 7901)
      (includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City)
      Middlefield Ctr. 3247 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.
    • For child care please call the school and ask.
  • The I-Center offers informal classes in English taught by experienced volunteers. Classes are free, and center around themes such as conversational skills, American history and traditions, American short stories, writing, and travel ideas. Schedules are available each quarter at the I-Center.
  • English conversation practice is available through English-in-Action. To apply, visit the English-in-Action desk at the I-Center (street floor) on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (after Stanford classes begin).
  • Community colleges offer English as a Second Language at a more advanced level, and for a tuition (e.g., Foothill or Cañada Colleges).
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