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. Monday
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. This is a new course for term 2. As with learning any language, to achieve some skill those enrolling need to be prepared to participate over an extended period. 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 time 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 French Dictionary is recommended). This is a good course to lead on to French Conversation. 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. Thursday
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 intermediate 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
For the French Conversation class someone intending to join the group needs to be able to speak French in a variety of situations and on a wide range of topics, presenting ideas and opinions as a basis for group discussion. The tutor and others in the group may help with vocabulary and sentence structure (in French) but essentially the objective is to not speak English for the duration of the lesson. Mistakes in vocabulary, grammar are not seen as the focus of the class. Ideas are more important! Wednesday
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 not essential. Members are asked to provide a sense of humour, a notebook, a pen and a French/English dictionary. Monday Friday
This class is designed to use common German expressions used in everyday situations and involving the basics of German grammar, pronunciation and simple sentence making. The group works with the aid of a book which covers things such as the alphabet, numbers, days, time and colours. Students may find a little homework helpful. We try to have a little fun, a look at German culture and maybe a German song, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Some German language is required. The group lends itself to enrolling at the beginning of the year with any member wishing to join the group after this welcome to speak to the Tutor at U3A after the class. Members need a notebook, pen/pencil and an English/German dictionary. Thursday
This beginners Indonesian course 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. Tuesday
This course builds on the skills learnt in the Beginners course. Students build their speaking skills, basic translation skills and gain confidence in conducting conversations. An excellent course for those wishing to refresh or maintain their language. New members are required to have basic pronunciation and sentence structure. Thursday
This course runs for 4 terms and is based on the BBC Talk Italian Complete set, which includes Talk Italian 1; Talk Italian 2 and Talk Italian Grammar. The level 1 course covers the lessons in Talk Italian 1 and the relevant grammar. Note the Talk Italian 2 book is used for the Italian Level 2 course (also 4 terms. ) The course is for those who have little or no knowledge of Italian and although incorporating grammar learnings, is primarily aimed at developing language skills at a basic functional level. 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. Monday
This course runs for 4 terms and is based on the BBC Talk Italian Complete set, which includes Talk Italian 1; Talk Italian 2 and Talk Italian Grammar. The level 1 course covers the lessons in Talk Italian 1 and the relevant grammar. Note the Talk Italian 2 book is used for the Italian Level 2 course (also 4 terms.) The course is for those who have little or no knowledge of Italian and although incorporating grammar learnings, is primarily aimed at developing language skills at a basic functional level. 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 course runs for 4 terms and is based on the BBC Talk Italian Complete set, which includes Talk Italian 1; Talk Italian 2 and Talk Italian Grammar. The level 1 course covers the lessons in Talk Italian 1 and the relevant grammar. Note the Talk Italian 2 book is used for the Italian Level 2 course (also 4 terms. ) The course is for those who have little or no knowledge of Italian and although incorporating grammar learnings, is primarily aimed at developing language skills at a basic functional level. 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. 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. Thursday
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

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