Classes R – S

RUSSIAN Silva Rubashova
Mon 10.30 –12.30 (Room 30)
We are a friendly group, enjoying lively Russian conversation, reading and translation at a fairly ambitious advanced level.

RUSSIAN FOR NEAR BEGINNERS Sheila Rockett
Mon 12.30 – 13.30 (Room 28) email: sherock@hotmail.co.uk
This is not a class for beginners, but for those who have a reasonable knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet and of basic Russian grammar, with simple phrases for greeting, asking directions etc.   We will continue to use the New Penguin Russian Course  (N J Brown) supplemented by other material supplied by the co-ordinator.

RUSSIAN: IMPROVERS Sheila Rockett
Mon 10.20 – 11.30 (Room 28)           email: sherock@hotmail.co.uk            
A continuation of  last year’s course.  We will pursue a deeper exploration of the language and begin the appreciation of Russian texts such as plays, provided by the co-ordinator.

RUSSIAN CONVERSATION AND GRAMMAR   Sheila Rockett
Mon 11.30 – 12.30 (Room 28)                           email: sherock@hotmail.co.uk        
A continuation of the previous class, explaining specific questions about Russian Grammar.

SCIENCE: HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY  New Amalia Michaels
Tue 11.40- 12.45 (Room 2.21) Autumn and Spring Terms only, fortnightly on Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11. Jan 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19;
Measuring the Universe – the historical quest to understand  the cosmos.  From the earliest days, people have gazed in wonder at the heavens and tried to make sense of what they saw.  Astronomers from Aristotle to Hawking; from Copernicus to Vera Rubin (who discovered Dark Matter) have given us models of the Universe to try to understand and to argue about.  We will find out how they did it.

SCIENCE: ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE    Alan Morton
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 24) Spring and Summer Terms only,  fortnightly on Jan 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19; Apr 2. May 7, 21; June 4, 18; July 2.
Climate Change: What is it and what can we do about it? Energy: How do we use it? How to make a better world for our grandchildren – and save money at the same time.

SCIENCE AND HISTORY OF FOOD Michael Spiro
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 29) Spring Term only, fortnightly on Jan 15, 29; Feb 12, 26; Mar 12, 26;
We will discuss important aspects of food and food science and how different foods have affected human history and health.

SCIENCE: PHYSICISTS John Zucker
Tue 11.40 – 12.45   (Room 28)   Spring and Summer Terms only, fortnightly on Jan 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19; Apr 2. May 7, 21; June 4, 18; July 2. 
As the 19th century drew to a close, physics was regarded as a dying subject.  All that was required was to increase the accuracy of physical quantities. The discovery of the electron in 1896 didn’t seem to disturb that thinking too much but in 1900 Planck introduced the quantum concept.  This was ignored at first but a dramatic change in physics began. The years 1900-1928  were a kind of heroic age where Rutherford, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Dirac and many others produced a revolution.

SCRABBLE A
Mon 10.00 – 11.25 (Room 24)
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SCRABBLE B Jenny Bartlett
Mon 15.10 – 16.15  (Room 24) email: bartlettjenni@aol.com                                                      Come along and play a friendly game. Knowledge of the rules and some experience of Scrabble are required.

SELF DEVELOPMENT Barry Rae
Tue 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 29) Summer Term only.
A Life-long ChallengeWe concentrate on building self esteem and self confidence, becoming good problem solvers, learning to behave assertively, feeling positive about ourselves, recognising strengths and causes and effects of aggressive and passive behaviour.

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY Caroline White
Tue 10.30 – 11.35 (Room 33) email: caroline@re-connect.co.uk
N.B. In Spring Term, class begins late – on 5 February
Social Anthropology is much more than ‘other cultures’.  We will cover such traditional topics as Kinship and Marriage, Dowry and Bridewealth, Leadership in Small Scale Societies and Survival in hunter gatherer societies.  We will also look at the impact on small scale societies of increasing involvement with the West.  What was the effect of iron implements on stone-tool using  people?  How did Christian missionaries influence people’s lives?  How have guns transformed traditional forms of conflict control?  How has growing cash crops affected diet, funerals, marriages and other traditions? To provide further experience, we will view a series of films.

 SPANISH: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS            Colette Lévy
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 26)
A useful level when going on holiday in everyday situations.  The book we use is Pasos I, a first course in Spanish published by Hodder Arnold.  An activity book and cassettes accompany the textbook and a small book of Spanish verbs is useful.  For those who visit Spain, a BBC Active Spanish pocket phrase book and dictionary by Philippa Goodrich would also be useful.

SPANISH: POST BEGINNERS       Colette Lévy
Mon 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 33)
The book we use is Pasos II (published by Hodder Arnold). The course is a continuation of first year studies.  A small book of Spanish verbs, a BBC Active Spanish pocket phrase book and dictionary by Philippa Goodrich are useful for those who visit Spain.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE Dori Meri
Thur 10.20 – 12.00 (Aspern Centre)
Reading and Discussion.  Our aim is practice and proficiency in spoken communication. This course is for those who have done Spanish for more than one year. If you would also like to have a glimpse into Latin American and Spanish literature, please come and join us.  We shall not limit ourselves to talking about your favourite authors and reading some of their work, but we shall also cover some lesser-known although equally beautiful literature.

SPANISH: ADVANCED  Carmen Irizarry
In the Autumn Term: Wed (10.00 – 11.35) (Room 28).  In the following terms Wed 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 33) fortnightly on Oct 3, 17, 31; Nov 14, 28; Dec 12. Jan 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 3; May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3.
The week in Spain.  A review of the Spanish press over the previous fortnight, with selected articles on domestic and international topics, the arts, opinion pieces and reportage for discussion in Spanish.  Students may bring their own contributions from the London papers to complement our debate onla actualidad angloespañola.

SPANISH AND ROMANCE PHILOLOGY Anthony Gooch
Wed 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 26) fortnightly on Oct 3, 17, 31; Nov 14, 28; Dec 12. Jan 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 3; May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3.
Advanced language class. Nos centraremos esencialmente en el español, pero de vez en cuando surgirá la comparación con palabras italianas y francesas.  El latín estará, por supuesto, siempre presente,  y con frecuencia el griego.  Y, por doquier, el árabe.

STORIES BEHIND THE HEADLINES Shafeeq Siddiqui
Mon 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 24) email: shasidx@yahoo.com
Important things are happening around the world and big questions are facing humanity.  Enrich your life by becoming more aware of issues which are often glossed over by the media.  This class gives a more realistic perspective.