Language

Even before we could read, we were aware of books and can remember many stories told to us. Aussie English will examine concepts like where the author get ideas, why he/she chose those words or that pattern, the origin of words and the meaning of Aussie sayings.
This course in Mandarin introduces students to the spoken language. Initially members will learn vocabulary relating to everyday life and travel, while also learning about China, her people, and culture. As with learning any language, to achieve some skill those enrolling need to be prepared to participate over an extended period. To join this course would require consultation with the tutor and a willingness to "catch up". Having completed the Beginners course of having previous experience members can progress to the Continuing course. Tuesday
This course is suitable for those who have never learnt French or have a small amount from school ! It is best to join this class at the beginning of the year as the course is sequential. Those joining are asked to provide a loose leaf folder, a notebook and dictionary. Monday
This class is specifically designed for the teaching of the spoken French language and is not for beginners. The tutor will introduce further vocabulary and deal with correct pronunciation and grammatical issues. Members need to understand that the emphasis is on speaking the language. Wednesday
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
The class is for those who have studied French for some time but have had little or no opportunity to speak French. They may have a considerable reading vocabulary covering a range of topics and a reasonable understanding of the grammar but find constructing sentences quickly enough to participate in a real conversation difficult. In most lessons, one language element is targeted for 10 to 20 minutes. It may be pronunciation or a grammatical issue that appears to cause some difficulty or developing a vocabulary around a particular topic. The tutor could bring an article from a newspaper or magazine to be read aloud around the class as a basis for further discussion in French. Some English may be spoken but the objective is to speak as little English as possible. And sometimes we sing!! Wednesday
This class is designed as a sequential follow-on from the French Intermediate course. Any member wishing to enrol in this class and has not completed the previous 2 years with the tutor would need to consult with her to assess suitability. Students should be in a French Conversation class in conjunction with this course. Monday
There is virtually no difference between these two courses as they cover the same content. 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 Friday
This course will be a very structured one that will be based around Michel Thomas's German Speaking Course and will be starting from the very beginning of the language. Therefore this course caters for for those who have completed a previous term in this course or have some prior knowledge of the German language. Students who already have a good grasp of the language will not find this a useful course for them. Every week there will be incremental increases in learning and this course concentrates on benefiting from what has been learned in previous lessons. Therefore at the outset, it is suitable for those students who attend on a very regular basis and do not envisage too many intermittent absences. Students who have a love of language and an interest in German in particular, and like learning in a very structured way, will find this course rewarding. Monday
This Indonesian course is for beginners and introduces students to Bahasa Indonesian. It covers pronunciation, basic grammar and sentence structure with a focus on preparing people for travel conversation. The pace is easy and ideal for travellers wishing to learn basic words and phrases. There is no previous experience required and members may be asked to purchase a basic Indonesian dictionary. A notebook and pen would be useful. The Indonesian Continuing class caters for those who have completed at least one year of study and can introduce further vocabulary and language structure. 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. Monday
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. Friday
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 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. Tuesday
This class runs for 4 terms and is based on dictation, class essays, videos, some residual parts of Talk Italian 2 plus Talk Italian relevant grammar.The stress on grammar rules will be greater than at Level 2. The course is for those who have attended Level 2 and developed language skills well above basic levels. Correct reading and pronunciation skills should be acquired from Level 1 and Level 2. The course is primarily aimed at developing language skills at some intermediate level. The teacher will purposely speak Italian at a slow pace. Video will be shown at a reduced speed. Students who join in mid-course will need to attend one class as a visitor. 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. Friday
This class is designed for those members with more than 2 years experience in studying Italian. Members are much more familiar with grammar and verbs and have a much more extensive vocabulary. The sessions are conducted in Italian. Tuesday
A course aimed to equip beginners with the basics of the Spanish language from which they can further develop their own Spanish skills.The course comprises-Understanding spoken Spanish, speaking Spanish, and reading Spanish, complete with relevant grammatical components. This is a highly popular one year course. Preference is given to those students who will commit to 4 terms of study. Required literature: Talk Spanish 1 a BBC publication with 2 CDs, available through the American Bookstore in Brisbane or via the internet "Book Depository" ISBN: 978-1-406-67896-3 Dedicated students may buy both Talk 1 and Talk 2 in a special deal price between $30-$50. Book Depository charges no fee for delivery. It is advisable to purchase a Spanish/English dictionary ( try an op shop) , and bring a loose leaf folder and pen. Additional material will be distributed as needed to highlight and extend various aspects of the language. NB Homework is required and is essential.
This course is specifically designed for the teaching of the spoken Spanish language and is not for beginners. The tutor will introduce further vocabulary and deal with correct pronunciation and grammatical issues. Members need to understand that the emphasis is on speaking the language. Friday
A basic familiarity with most Spanish verb forms and tenses and a reasonably solid every day vocabulary are pre-requisites. Participants aim to read simple novels, newspaper articles, tourist brochures and magazines. Sometimes Spanish language movies, with Spanish sub-titles are used and watching Spanish news on SBS is encouraged whether one understands it or not. The aim is to reach comfortable conversational Spanish and to travel with a degree of confidence. Thursday
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 for those who have completed at least 12 months of previous study and will continue to equip and expand members’ basic knowledge of the Spanish language from which they can further develop their own Spanish skills. The course comprises-Understanding spoken Spanish, speaking Spanish, and reading Spanish, complete with relevant grammatical components. This is a highly popular one year course. Preference is given to those students who will commit to 4 terms of study. Required literature: Talk Spanish 1 a BBC publication with 2 CDs, available through the American Bookstore in Brisbane or via the internet "Book Depository" ISBN: 978-1-406-67896-3 Dedicated students may buy both Talk 1 and Talk 2 in a special deal price between $30-$50. Book Depository charges no fee for delivery. It is advisable to purchase a Spanish/English dictionary ( try an op shop) , and bring a loose leaf folder and pen. Additional material will be distributed as needed to highlight and extend various aspects of the language. NB Homework is required and is essential.  Thursday

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