English Classes @ the I-Center


For Intermediate & Advanced Students

CLASSES BEGIN: Monday, March 31st and end Thursday, June 5th 2014

No classes will be held on Monday, May 26th - Memorial Day

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

  • Classes are open to Stanford students, post-doctoral scholars, and their family members.
  • To attend, simply go to a class at the indicated starting time (except for ORAL ENGLISH CLASS BELOW).
  • Register for the entire program in the first class. 
  • There is no tuition charge.PLEASE BE ON TIMEAlso, please arrange childcare for babies and children
  • Students may take more than one class. Any questions- call Mary Ann Saunders at 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.


I. 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.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – BOB JONES

II. PRACTICAL ENGLISH FOR DAILY LIVING – learn how to express yourself clearly and confidently when going shopping, eating out, making phone calls, etc


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III.  AMERICAN LIFE AND HUMOR discuss 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

IV.  AMERICAN IDIOMS AND ISSUESpresentation and practice of common idioms: reading, writing, pronunciation skills and discussion compose the class activities.

10:40 AM – 12:15 PM      MARY ANN SAUNDERS

V. 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

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VI. AMERICAN CUSTOMS AND INSTITUTIONS – a survey of American culture and traditions

9:00 AM- 10:30 AM                  KAREN SORTINO

VII.  CONVERSATION AND BEYOND – a complete American English class planned by the students with the teacher.  A text fee of $6 is payable in class.  Please have exact amount.

10:40 AM– 12:15 PM                  CAROLYN KENDALL     

VIII.  INTENSIVE ORAL ENGLISH - Consistent attendance is necessary in this class, as each class builds on the last.   Here is a unique opportunity for students to improve their pronunciation  and presentation skills, through student practice at home and informal  and formal speeches in class. Register in the first class. Class size is limited to 12 students.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM             CAROLYN KENDALL                       

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IX. COMMUNICATING ACROSS CULTURES – discuss differences in national cultures tobetter understand how these differences influence everyday communication.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM     STEFFI BUCH

X.  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


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