All Language Classes

Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Say It in French: Intermediate/Advanced (Jan-Feb 2020)

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 2:30pm
photo of French teacher Anne Marie Lebas

Eight Mondays: Jan 6 – Feb 24 • 2:30–4:30 pm • $280

These custom-designed sequential courses are for students who wish to become more fluent and self-confident in speaking and writing French, expand vocabulary, understand and participate in casual conversations, and better comprehend the French way of life.

Anne Marie Lebas is a native of France who has taught in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She teaches with great enthusiasm and energy and creates a lively and comfortable learning environment for students at any level.

What Students Are Saying about Anne Marie Lebas

"Anne Marie is an excellent teacher. She highlights so many common mistakes and explains things in a new way that really works. [We have] plenty of time to talk, learn, and learn cultural and other details of French life. I love the structure and the way Anne Marie teaches. This is perfect!" - AC

"Good course material, challenging, good pace, great teacher!" - JJ
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Beginning French (Jan-Feb 2020)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 2:30pm
photo of French teacher Anne Marie Lebas

Eight Tuesdays: Jan 7 - Feb 25 • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm • $280

These ongoing sequential courses are for students who have very little knowledge of French. Students work to build a strong foundation of grammar, vocabulary enrichment, pronunciation, and short conversations. Classes motivate students to continue their study of the language.

Anne Marie Lebas is a native of France who has created a lively and comfortable learning environment for students at any level in the Bay Area for over 20 years. 

What Students Are Saying about Anne Marie Lebas

"Anne Marie is an excellent teacher. She highlights so many common mistakes and explains things in a new way that really works. [We have] plenty of time to talk, learn, and learn cultural and other details of French life. I love the structure and the way Anne Marie teaches. This is perfect!" - AC

"Good course material, challenging, good pace, great teacher!" - JJ

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kathy Freschi - Intermediate/Advanced Italian Literature

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Italian teacher Kathy Freschi

Six Wednesdays • Jan 8 – Feb 12 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $200

We will read Una Mutevole Verità by Gianrico Carofiglio, in which Marshal Pietro Fenoglio of the Bari Carabinieri, a northern Italian transplant from Torino, finds himself investigating a murder case that seems straightforward. Except that the main subject, to whom all clues point, doesn’t have the slightest motive for committing the crime! Only the perseverance and the singular investigative style of Fenoglio will reveal the truth of the case which often hides behind the most discounted evidence. Students are asked to read the first twenty pages of the book in advance of the first class meeting.

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Victoria Einhorn - Advanced Intermediate Spanish

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Spanish teacher Victoria Einhorn

Six Thursdays • Jan 9 - Feb 13 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $210

Students will learn more Spanish vocabulary, work on their accents, and gain competence using grammar. By the end of this course participants will feel confident communicating in Spanish.

Victoria Einhorn has a bachelor's degree in Spanish language from William Smith College and a master's degree in education from NYU. She has taught Spanish for 25 years. 

What Students Say about Victoria Einhorn 

Thank you for this ongoing Spanish Class!! Victoria is a delightful teacher, knowledgeable and approachable – a great combination. We all chat after class and agree that Victoria has pushed us along successfully to another level and that we are feeling more confident. – VSD, current student

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender - Beginning Spanish (continuing)

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:30pm
photo of Spanish teacher Sara Bender

Seven Thursdays • Jan 9 - Feb 27 (no class 1/20) • 12:30 - 2:30pm • $245

Students will be introduced to the foundations of vocabulary and grammar that include key Spanish phrases, terminology for travel, and basic conversation. Participants will focus on their pronunciation while they begin to feel confident speaking Spanish. 

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. 

What Students Say about Sara Bender 

“Thank you for offering Spanish language classes taught by Sara and her Mom. I will continue taking Spanish classes at Book Passage for as long as Profesora Bender teaches them. She is fluent in Spanish, an excellent teacher, and very delightful.” – Ann Becker

"I just completed an absolutely delightful Spanish class taught by Cyretta and her daughter Sara Bender. It was terrific." - Maeve B.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender - Intermediate Spanish

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 10:30am
photo of Spanish teacher Sara Bender

Seven Fridays • Jan 10 - Feb 28 (no class 2/21) • 10:30am-12:30pm • $245

Participants will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining “core” grammar.

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. 

What Students Say about Sara Bender 

“Thank you for offering Spanish language classes taught by Sara. I will continue taking Spanish classes at Book Passage for as long as Profesora Bender teaches them. She is fluent in Spanish, an excellent teacher, and very delightful.” – Ann Becker

"I just completed an absolutely delightful Spanish class taught by Cyretta and her daughter Sara Bender. It was terrific." - Maeve B.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Pre-Intermediate Italian

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
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Seven Mondays: Jan. 13 - Mar. 16 (no class: 1/20, 2/17, 3/9) • 9:00-11:00 am • $260

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Beginning Italian 2 - Continuing

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
photo of Alessandra Beraldi

Seven Mondays: Jan. 13 - Mar. 16 (no class: 1/20, 2/17, 3/9) • 12:00-2:00 pm • $260
Prerequisite: 14 hours of prior classes or Italian study

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, and at several language institutions in England, as well as classes arranged through the Italian General Consulate.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Elementary Italian

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
photo of italian teacher alessandra beraldi

Six Tuesdays: Jan. 14 - Feb. 25 (no class: 2/18) • 10:00 am-12:00 pm • $225
Prerequisite: 40 hours of prior classes

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan - Advanced French Level 2

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 10:30am
photo of Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan

Eight Tuesdays: Jan 14 - Mar 17, 2020 (no class 2/4 & 2/11) • 10:35 am - 12:35 pm • $285

Review of advanced grammar, discussions of current issues. Students will read the French novel La Vie Devant Soi by Romain Gary (published under the name Emile Ajar).

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan is a graduate of the Sorbonne. She has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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