Courses I – L

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IMPROVE YOUR SPINAL HEALTH Carol Hopson
Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 22), Class Cancelled 

ISLAM AND ITS MESSAGE   New Shafeeq Siddiqi

Fri 10.30 – 12.30 (Room 22) 
With films portraying values and issues in the Muslim world, we cover Faith, Social Justice, Shariah and Contributions to World Civilization in Philosophy, Medicine, Science, Mathematics and Architecture etc. We will also touch upon the sectarian strife of Political Islam today.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE: NOT QUITE BEGINNERS Graziella Freedman
Wed 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 30)
For those who have a little basic Italian but would like to improve  basic grammar and conversation.  The books we use are Living Italian by Maria Valgimigli and Easy Italian Reader by Riccarda Saggese.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE: POST BEGINNERS  Graziella Freedman
Wed 10.00 – 11.25 (Room 30)
The course provides conversation and some grammar for students who have a basic knowledge of Italian.  The book used is Upgrade your Italian by Clelia Boscolo.

ITALIAN: INTERMEDIATE Pia Balchand
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 24)       
Italian is spoken throughout the lesson with English used only to clarify what has not been understood.  Through conversation and short essays, the members of the group come to know each other’s interests and experiences.  Grammar is taught through exercises and correction of homework essays.

ITALIAN: ADVANCED CONVERSATION Marvin Tomkinson
Tue 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 28)
Friendly Italian conversation class for those of us who speak Italian – but are feeling ‘rusty’.

ITALIAN: DISCUSSION AND CONVERSATION Roberta Dymond
Tue 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 33)
Conversation and discussion in Italian are the main objects of this lesson.  Subjects are taken from Italian newspapers and books (I will provide the material).  Grammar will still be part of the lesson.

ITALIAN READING GROUP David Powell
Mon 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 24) email: david@epswanstead.com
We read modern Italian novels and plays at a fairly leisurely pace and most of the reading is done in class.  We discuss matters relating to language as they come up, as well as relevant aspects of the social, economic and political background.  The choice of books is made by agreement.  Previous reading has included works by Bassani, Calvino, Eco, Levi (Carlo), Moravia, Pavese, Sciascia, Tabucchi and recently Nel tempo di mezzo (2012) by Marcello Fois.

JAPANESE: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS Kaoru Godoy
Wed 11.30 – 12 .35 (Room 28)
I would like to introduce you to the Japanese language. We will also look at some aspects of Japanese culture and will gradually learn the skills of writing Japanese script.

JAPANESE: BEGINNERS – SECOND YEAR   Haruyo Kusunoki
Wed 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 28)        
We will continue to build up vocabulary and the structure of the Japanese language.  We will also practise simple conversation and read and write Japanese script.

LATIN: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS Geoff Heath
Wed 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 26)
A course for beginners or for those who would like to resuscitate their Latin – forgotten since their schooldays. We use the book Get Started in Latin in the “Teach Yourself ” series.

LATIN: POST BEGINNERS Geoff Heath
Mon 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 30)
We will continue reading The History of Rome by Livy.  This is not a course for beginners.

LATIN: ADVANCED                  Geoff Heath
Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 26)
We will continue with the Aeneiad and other texts chosen by the class.

LITERATURE: BOOKWORMS! Stan Rosenthal
Wed 14.00 -15.30 (Room 29), fortnightly on Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 16, 30; Dec 14. Jan 18; Feb 1, 15; Mar 1, 15, 29; May 3, 17, 31; June 14, 28; July 12.   
We love books and want to discuss them with like-minded (not too highbrow) critics. If you are daunted by the wealth of books published these days you might welcome suggestions for keeping up with contemporary literature – and if you would like a chance to catch  up on those many books we should have read but never had time to – then come and be a Bookworm!  Join us for a discussion of contemporary and classic texts.

LITERATURE: CHAUCER Shirley Levy
Thur 14.30 – 16.00 (Room 29)             
We will continue reading The Canterbury Tales completing both pilgrimage and narrative, with tales of marriage, lechery and religion.  We will follow this with an abbreviated version of Troilus and Criseyde, and – time permitting – some of the shorter poems.   

LITERATURE: A GOOD READ Tasja Gardner & Anthea Denham
Thur 14.00 – 16.05 (Annexe) 
Each term we choose four or five books to read and discuss: since the summer of 2005 we have read many titles ranging from contemporary novels to biographies, travellers’ tales and ‘the classics’.  We take turns to lead the discussions and enjoy sharing ideas; it’s a good way to keep up to date with the best writing and make new friends.

LITERATURE: GREEK MYTHOLOGY  Shirley Levy
Mon 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 29)
Greek mythology is still evident in nearly all forms of Western culture, but it is more than stories of gods and goddesses gallivanting about on earth and seducing mortals.  It explains the environment in which humankind lived, the natural phenomena  they experienced and the passing of time, as well as retelling historical events. Come to this richly illustrated course to relive some of the greatest stories ever told.

LITERATURE: MODERN & CONTEMPORARY Keith Richards
Wed 14.00 -15.30 (Room 29) 
Fortnightly on Sept 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7. Jan 11, 25;  Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22; Apr 26. May 10, 24; June  7, 21;  July 5. 
This fortnightly group will be convened by Keith, but the programme of Prose, Poetry and Drama will be organised by three members in full consultation.  Communication will be greatly aided if participants can receive e-mails. A detailed list of texts will be available later.

LITERATURE: SHAKESPEARE’S CONTEMPORARIES Roger Farrington
Thur 13.50 – 14.55 (Room 33)   Autumn and Spring Terms only
Make a change from reading Shakespeare by looking at some of his contemporaries.  We will start with Ben Jonson’s Volpone.  Please bring an edition of this play with you to the first meeting.  The class will choose what to read next.

LITERATURE: SHAKESPEARE Linda Shannon
Wed 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 33)          
We read aloud the group’s choice of play and discuss the themes in it, along with anything else that crops up: language, staging, historical context and characterisation. Once finished, we watch a recording of the play where available.  Class members provide their own copies of each play.