20 - Zoom - Intermediate German - Fully booked Dr Judy Hajdu - weekly sessions from 10.00 to 11.30 on Thursdays starting 16 July (not in school holidays) class limit 14
This is a short course covering Netzwerk A2.1 Chapters 5-6 and short extracts which will be the basis for revision and the introduction of new language. We will converse in German about our weekly activities and events in Germany. Bring along a sense of fun so we can play games to practise German constructions. You will also have to do some writing exercises, possibly as homework, to reinforce what we learn in class. These will be submitted by email. It is assumed that students have already mastered some basic German.
21 - email - French Literature and Conversation - Fully booked Elizabeth Sprigg - 18 weekly sessions from 10.00 to 11.30 on Mondays 27 July to 23 November
Class members are expected to have some familiarity with French. We will use email to communicate regularly with each other, mostly in French. We will read extracts from French literature, journals and the internet. Grammar points are revised as problems emerge from the reading. All are encouraged to participate and ask questions. Communication will be by email and occasional Zoom. Limited places are available.
27 - Zoom - English Vocabulary: where our words come from Barry Blake - 6 fortnightly sessions from 10.00 to 11.30 on Tuesdays 4 August to 13 October
Two thousand years ago what was to become English was the language of unlettered barbarians living beyond the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Today English is the most widely used language in the world. In this course we trace the development of the vocabulary from its Germanic origins, and show how massive borrowing from Latin and Greek, much of it via French, altered the character of the language so that practically all its learned vocabulary, its ‘big words’, are of classical origin. As an imperial power, Britain came into contact with numerous other cultures and borrowed small numbers of words from a large number of languages, from over 300 in fact. Vocabulary needs to be renewed to keep up with new inventions and to reflect changed attitudes. As in most other languages, we compose compounds (crowdfunding) and add affixes (peri-urban, influencer), but it’s also currently popular in English to form blends (chugger), use abbreviations (abs, pecs) initialisms (LGBTIQ) and acronyms (eftpos). Course notes are available here.
46 - Zoom - French Conversation via Zoom Sue Majewski - 11 sessions from 10.30 to around 12.00 on Tuesdays 8 September to 24 November
Have you had enough of Covid-19 and isolation? Then this group may be for you. If you would like to join us for a chat, share and grow your French conversational skills in a friendly group via Zoom, then this group may suit you! All participants need to have intermediate or conversational level of French and be able to work Zoom and be prepared to share their skills.