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Foreign Language Classes

Take the time to learn practical Spanish and Italian including vocabulary, grammar, and conversation.


Italian & spanish

San Mateo Adult Career and Education offers Italian and Spanish classes for working adults to improve their foreign language skills for their personal benefit and/or career.

  • Introduction to Spanish Level 1
  • Introduction to Spanish Level 2
  • Conversational Italian Level 1

Courses are currently being offered in the Fall 2022. Register now!


Immerse yourself in the Spanish language from the comfort of your home.

Level 1

ONLINE: Immerse yourself in the Spanish language from the comfort of your home. Begin communicating in Spanish from the first lesson. Students will be able to: Greet people. Introduce and describe yourself and others. Describe your surroundings: home, work, and your community. Explain your habits, daily routines, and pastimes. Express your emotions and state of being. 

Textbooks: Learn Spanish For Adult Beginners, Explore to Win, ISBN-13: 979-8489033756 Basic Spanish, Jarvis, Lebredo, Mena-Ayllón, ISBN 13: 9780669046670

Section: 112000
Location: Online
Dates: Wednesdays 9/13 - 11/15
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $175
Instructor: Mary Weng

Level 2

Level 2 builds on the fundamental language elements from Level 1 and continues to build on the study of grammar, vocabulary and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and communities. Students will be able to:

  • Build on vocabulary and grammatical structures within context of topics
  • Explore everyday topics: self, school, work, daily routines, interests
  • Converse in travel-related context
  • Discuss medical issues with your doctor
  • Communicate emergencies
  • Talk about news, sports, entertainment, and hobbies

Basic Spanish, Jarvis, Lebredo, Mena-Ayllón, ISBN 13: 9780669046670
Conversational Spanish Dialogue, My Daily Spanish, ISBN: 13: 9781701935075

Section: 112101
Location: Online
Dates: Fridays 9/8 - 11/17 (No class 11/10)
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Fee: $170
Instructor: Mary Weng

Conversational Italian


Join us for this popular and practical language course. Students will:
Find the conversational approach of each session both practical and easy to follow.
• Learn patterns and idioms of daily speech.
• Receive structured grammar instruction.
• Improve fluency in the spoken language.
• Be exposed to Italian conversation through movies in class.
Ciao, 7th Edition, Federici, and Larese-Riga. ISBN: 1428288376.
Ciao, 6th Edition, Riga, Dal Martello. ISBN: 13:9781413016369

Section: 089601
Location: Online
Dates: Monday 9/18 - 12/4
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $170
Instructor: Tiziana Balestra
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