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This course will prepare travellers to Bali with basic Indonesian skills as well as background information on the culture and people of Bali. No prior knowledge is required and all potential travellers to Bali are welcome. Learning sources will be provided to members by the tutor. Tuesday
Immerse yourself in the vibrant and passionate culture that is Spain. Participants will study the language, explore the country through weekly videos and delve into the traditions of this amazing country. Learn pronunciation, greetings, numbers, days, weeks and months of the year, verbs and basic conversation. Members are asked to bring a notebook and pen to class. Tuesday
This course is based on courses of recordings which give an introduction to the French language with other related vocabulary and will give the traveller to France the ability to ask for what they want and to understand some of the language used among the hospitality industry. All phrases and sentences are backed up with recordings to enable the learner to pronounce the French words accurately. This course is suitable for people who have never learnt French or learnt a small amount at school a long time ago. It is essential to join at the beginning of the year as the course is thoroughly planned and sequential. To join at any other times would require a great deal of catch-up and consultation with the tutor. Members need to have a loose leaf folder, pens and pencils, a notebook for vocabulary words and a dictionary. (Collins Pocket Dictionary is recommended.) This is a good course to lead on to French Conversation class. Monday
This course is for members who are interested in speaking simple, everyday French. Some prior experience of French is desirable. Friday
This class is designed as a sequential follow-on from the French Beginners course. To enrol in this class would require members to have just completed at least 12 months of beginners French. Members wishing to enrol in this class who did not do the tutor’s beginners course need to consult with the tutor. Students are encourged to be in a French Conversational class as well. Monday
This class is designed as a a sequential follow-on from the French Intermediate course. Any member wishing to enrol in this class who has not completed the previous 2 years with the tutor would need to consult with her to assess suitability. It is suggested that students attend a French Conversation class in conjunction with this course. Monday
Whilst most enrolling in this course are intending to travel to France, others enrol specifically to study the language. Although the course has a definite structure, class meetings are conducted in a stress free and happy atmosphere. There is generally a concentration on: (a) survival French to enable travellers to get around France and be understood when requiring products and services and (b) the challenge of learning basic French grammar skills to enable travellers to read and understand notices, advertisements, tourist information etc. Activities are conducted in a fun environment and include written and oral exercises, games and discussions. A background in French is preferred but not essential. Members are asked to provide a sense of humour, a notebook, a pen and a French/English dictionary. Monday
Here is an opportunity for all those fluent in Italian to get together and enjoy general discussion on variety of current issues and topics. The tutor is a native speaker who places a strong emphasis on classroom conversation in Italian in conjunction with Italian grammar. Monday
This year long course is for those members who wish to continue in their development of the Italian Language. It will be pitched for the intermediate plus learner and will cover the four competencies of language acquisition being Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Some aspects of Italian culture will be explored during the course. Members enrolling will need to have completed the Italian for Travellers Level 2 course or have a good basic knowledge of Italian. Members must be committed to regular attendance and an enthusiasm for learning. Tuesday
This course runs for 4 terms and is based on the BBC Talk Italian Complete set plus additional material provided on an as required basis by U3A tutors. At the time of enrolment participants are expected to have little or no knowledge of Italian. Incorporating some grammar, the course is primarily aimed at developing language skills at a basic functional level. It is particularly useful for those interested in travelling to Italy. Students who wish to join mid-course will need to consult with the tutor first and come initially for a one class visit. This is to determine if they have the skills necessary to join the course and catch up without either disrupting the current class or putting themselves under undue pressure. Thursday
Pre-requisites: Successful completion and competency in Italian for Travellers, Level 1. Copy of the BBC Talk Italian Complete (boxed set) is required. This course is for members who have part completed Level 2 and wish to complete this level. This course runs for 4 terms and builds on the learning gained in Italian for Travellers, Level 1 and then aims to improve student use of functional language through exposure to a greater variety of situations. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of Italian and are familiar with the BBC resource. It is particularly helpful for people interested in gaining a wider understanding of language and culture for travelling to Italy. Students who wish to join mid-course, will need to consult with the tutor first and come in initially for a one class visit. This is to determine if they have the skills necessary to join the course and successfully catch up without either disrupting the current course or, putting themselves under undue pressure. Monday
This is an introductory course to the Spanish language. It is designed to cater for beginners or near beginners. The course begins with the basics of the language and hopes to establish a strong foundation to promote future success in Spanish learning for years to come. The course materials will provide practice on all the vocabulary and grammatical items introduced in this course. The detailed practice and accompanying drills will help develop the four essential skills of learning Spanish: understanding, speaking, reading and writing. This course features some interesting activities, both in listening as well as reading and writing. It will be fun mixed in with some work. Thursday
This course is designed with practical English usage in mind with some basic grammar explained. The following topics are covered each week with plenty of practical hands on activities: Reading, understanding and investigating various types of texts Spelling, general vocabulary and some basic grammar Punctuation, proof-reading and quick thinking exercises Correct word use, correct sentence structure and common expressions Evaluating and screening texts, writing texts. Members are asked to bring notebook and pen to class. Monday

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