Registration Open for Piedmont Adult School Spring 2023 Session

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 - Posted in All District News District Communications

Registration is now open for the Spring 2023 session of Piedmont Adult School. The session runs January 9 through May 30.

More than 15 new classes this session – The Adult School is offering new classes in almost all subject areas. For those seeking a creative outlet, new classes include Cultivating Joy: A Floral Workshop, Introduction to Hand Quilting, Learn to Crochet: Amigurumi, Open Art Studio, Writer’s Workshop, and Family Stories/Memoir Writing.

Many new cooking classes are also being offered, including Paella, Cupcake Decorating, Vietnamese New Year Dishes and Thai Water Festival Dishes.

The Adult School continues to offer a wide range of business, computer and iphone classes, with new courses including Mortgages DeMystified, and You Have Email.

Gearing up for your European travels? The Adult School now offers Conversational Italian, in addition to French and Spanish.

Free, state-funded English as a Second Language classes are offered for students at all levels.

Planning that long-postponed trip to France? Or do you just want to sharpen your French skills or learn some new ones? French classes at all levels start the week of January 9 at Piedmont Adult School. Classes will be taught by Jean Monnier, who has been an instructor for Piedmont Adult School since 2007. Jean, a native French speaker, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his teaching. He grew up in the Brittany region of France and later moved to the US, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. After teaching French at UC Berkeley for five years, Jean moved to Tours, France, where he taught French and received his PhD in French literature. On moving back to the US, he settled in Oakland, and taught at Head Royce and Campolindo high schools.

In addition to teaching, Jean’s fascinating career has included stints as a journalist for French National TV, and as an interpreter during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He has written multiple papers and books on French involvement in the California Gold Rush and other topics.

“I love teaching at the Adult School because my students are so motivated and excited to learn,” says Jean. “Often I can provide them with useful information and travel advice, in addition to language skills,” he continues. “We have great conversations about culture, politics, government and the like. The atmosphere is very friendly and social.”

All French Classes are held at Piedmont High School and taught by instructor Jean Monnier. Individuals over 55 receive a $10 discount.

French 1A, January 10 – March 21 (9 meetings), Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30pm, $158

French 1B, January 11-March 22 (9 meetings), Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30pm, $158

French 2, January 12-March 23 (9 meetings), Thursdays, 7:00-9:30pm, $158

French 3, January 9-March 20 (8 meetings), Mondays, 7:00-9:30pm, $144

To view course offerings and register, visit For more information call 510-594-2655.

Piedmont Adult School offers in-person as well as online classes. Classes are open to all adults age 18 and over. Applicants age 55 and over are eligible for a $10 discount for regular adult classes, excluding single-day and special classes.

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