Language Classes

Class: Anne Marie Lebas - Beginning French

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 2:00pm
photo of French teacher Anne Marie Lebas

Eight Tuesdays: Sep 10 - Oct 29 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm • $280

These sequential courses are custom designed by Anne Marie for students who have very little knowledge of French. Students work on pronunciation, vocabulary enrichment, and short conversations.  

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: Steven West - Turkish for Travelers

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:00pm
photo of Turkish teacher Steven West

Six Thursdays • Sep 12 - Oct 24 (no class Oct 10) • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $210

Traveling to Turkey? Want to enhance your experience by learning some useful bits of Turkish so you can get around more easily? Please join Dr. Steven West for six weeks of fun learning how to express your basic needs for a more enjoyable trip. 

Steve West lived in Turkey on a Fulbright Fellowship. He taught Turkish and the Cultural History of the Turks at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Victoria Einhorn - Advanced Intermediate Spanish

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:00am
photo of Spanish teacher Victoria Einhorn

Seven Thursdays • Sep 5 – Oct 17 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $245

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 - Intermediate Spanish

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 10:30am
photo of Spanish teacher Sara Bender

Seven Fridays • Sep 6 – Oct 18 • 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: Sara Bender - Beginning Spanish

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:30pm
photo of Spanish teacher Sara Bender

Seven Thursdays • Sep 5 – Oct 17 • 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: Anne Marie Lebas - All About Food... en francais

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 2:00pm
photo of French teacher Anne Marie Lebas

Eight Wednesdays: Sep 11–Oct 30 • 2:00 - 4:00 pm • $280

This class has been canceled.

We will work to acquire the vocabulary and grammar you need to understand and speak about food in any situation in France. Real situations like going shopping, cooking and eating at a restaurant will be emphasized. Field trips to a local supermarket, farmers market, and restaurant will be offered outside of the class. The class is designed for any level but preferably for students with some knowledge of French. 

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 - Say It in French: Intermediate/Advanced

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 2:30pm
photo of French teacher Anne Marie Lebas

Eight Mondays: Sep 9 – Oct 28 • 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: Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan - Advanced French Level 2

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 10:30am
photo of Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan

Eight Tuesdays: Oct 8 - Dec 17, 2019 (no class 10/29, 11/5 & 11/12) • 10:35 am - 12:35 pm • $275

Review of advanced grammar and discussions of current issues. Students will read the contemporary French novel “La chambre des merveilles” by Julien Sandrel.

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

Class: Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan - Advanced French - Level 1

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 1:00pm
photo of Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan

Eight Tuesdays: Oct 8 - Dec 17 (no class 10/29, 11/5 & 11/12)  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $275

Review of grammar, use of videos from “7 jours sur la planete,” and discussions of current issues. Students will continue reading the contemporary French novel “Un sac de billes” by Joseph Joffo.

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

Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
photo of Italian teacher Wendy Walsh

Eight Thursdays: Sept 5 - Oct 24 • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $290

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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