English Classes @ the I-Center

FALL QUARTER 2015

For Intermediate & Advanced Students


CLASSES BEGIN: Monday, September 28th and end Thursday, December 3rd,  except as noted below. **

No classes will be held during the week of November 23rd - 27th, Thanksgiving Recess

 

All classes meet in the English Classroom at Bechtel I-Center unless otherwise noted*.


  • No Beginners, please. Classes are open to Stanford students, post-doctoral scholars, and their family members.
  • Classes are informal. Please arrange childcare for babies.
  • Register for the program in the first class. To attend, simply go to a class at the indicated start time.  PLEASE BE ON TIME.
  • There is no tuition charge. Students may take more than one class.
  • Questions about the classes below may be referred to Mary Ann Saunders at 650-854-2840.

  • Beginning students should contact Adult Education programs. Classes are free of charge. For Adult Education information, call 329-3752 in Palo Alto ; in Menlo Park, Redwood City or Atherton, call Sequoia Adult Ed at 306-8866; in Mountain View, call 940-1333.

MONDAYS:

I. AMERICAN LIFE AND HUMORDiscuss current issues and lifestyles, view videos, and compare U.S. humor with humor in your country. Have fun while learning English.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM– TOM & STEFFI BUCH- -ASSEMBLY ROOM

II. CALIFORNIA TRAVEL AND HISTORYFind out about the places to visit for a weekend getaway or a great vacation as well as learn about the history of the location.

10:40 AM – 12:15 PM– BOB JONES - - ENGLISH CLASSROOM

III. PRACTICAL ENGLISH FOR DAILY LIVINGLearn how to express yourself clearly and confidently when going shopping, eating out, making phone calls etc,

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM–PATTY BUCHANAN - - ASSEMBLY ROOM

 

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TUESDAYS:

IV. COMMUNICATING ACROSS CULTURESDiscuss differences in national cultures to better understand how these differences influence everyday communication.

9:00 AM - 10:30AM– STEFFI BUCH- - ASSEMBLY ROOM

V. AMERICAN IDIOMS AND ISSUES–Presentation and practice of common idioms: reading, writing, pronunciation skills and discussion compose the class activities.

10:40 AM – 12:15 PM– MARY ANN SAUNDERS- - ASSEMBLY ROOM

VI. INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN SHORT STORY–Read-aloud stories taught in U.S. schools; improve your vocabulary & discussion skills. A small materials fee will be collected in class.

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM– LORI REESER- -ENGLISH CLASSROOM

 

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WEDNESDAYS:

VII.  LEARN ENGLISH THROUGH AMERICAN HISTORY –Students will practice listening, speaking and vocabulary skills by examining key events in America's history.         

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM  – AMY SIMS- - ENGLISH CLASSROOM      

VIII.  INTENSIVE ORAL ENGLISH 101 –Improve your pronunciation and vocabulary skills through speeches in class. Homework is required. There is a $5 syllabus fee. Limit: 20 students.    

10:40 AM – 12:30 PM  – CAROLYN KENDALL- - ENGLISH CLASSROOM

IX.  WRITING CLEAR ENGLISH –An opportunity to improve your writing skills. Students are encouraged to work on their personal projects in class. Homework is required.        

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM  – JESSE GILLISPIE- - ENGLISH CLASSROOM

        

 

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THURSDAYS:

X.  AMERICAN CUSTOMS AND INSTITUTIONS– A survey of American cultures and traditions.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   – KAREN SORTINO- - ENGLISH CLASSROOM

XI.  MEDIA AND THE U.S. CULTURE – Learn how media, electronic and print, affects U.S. culture. Read short articles and discuss in groups.

10:40 AM– 12:15 PM  –MARY PAT GASPICH- - ENGLISH CLASSROOM  

XII.  ANALYZE BUSINESS CASE STUDIES** STARTS OCT. 15TH -Solve genuine business problems while role playing as management consultants. No business experience necessary. Limit: 24 students.

1:30 PM– 3:30 PM  –ED LOIZEAUX- - ENGLISH CLASSROOM  

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