Classes R – S

RUSSIAN FOR NEAR BEGINNERS Sheila Rockett
Mon 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 1.28) 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), with other material supplied by the co-ordinator.

RUSSIAN: IMPROVERS Sheila Rockett
Mon 10.30– 11.35 (Room 1.28) 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 Silva Rubashova
Mon 10.30 –12.30 (Room 1.30)
We are a friendly group, enjoying lively Russian conversation, reading and translation at a fairly ambitious advanced level.

SCIENCE: ASTRONOMY David Ellis
Tues 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 2.21) Autumn term only.
Fortnightly on Sept 24; Oct 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3.
A light hearted “excursion trip” from beyond the Solar System (where we journeyed to a couple of years back) and on to explore mostly the Milky Way and what we can see going on there.

SCIENCE: QUANTUM THEORY FOR THE TERRIFIED Amalia Michaels
Tue 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 2.21) Autumn and Spring Terms N.B. note late start.
Fortnightly on Oct 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; Dec 10. Jan 21; Feb 4, 18; Mar 3, 17, 31.
We will delve into the history of quantum theory – this obscure and mysterious subject will become very easy to understand (trust me!) by looking at how it came into being. Physicists thought they had science sorted out by the end of the 19th century – but then Einstein came along! And what have waves got to do with atoms? Come along and find out; no previous knowledge of physics needed, just an enquiring mind.

SCIENCE: ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE Alan Morton
Tue 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 1.28) Autumn and Spring Terms only.
Fortnightly on Sep 24; Oct 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3 ; Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 10, 24; Apr 28;
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 1.22) Spring Term only.
Fortnightly on Jan 21; Feb 4, 18; Mar 3, 17, 31.
We will discuss important aspects of food and food science and how different foods have affected human history and health.

SCIENCE: PHYSICISTS John Zucker
Wed 12.50 -13.55 (Room 2.26) Autumn and Spring Terms only,
Fortnightly on Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11. Jan 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 4, 18; Apr 1;
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 Doreen Lederman
Mon 10.00 – 11.25 (Room 1.24)
AND SCRABBLE B Jenny Bartlett
Mon 14.30 – 16.15 (Room 1.24)
Come along and play a friendly game. Knowledge of the rules and experience of Scrabble are needed.

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY Caroline White
Tue 10.30 – 11.35 (Room 1.33) email: caroline@re-connect.co.uk N.B. In the Spring Term, the class will not start until 4 February.
In this course we will look at the impact of increasing involvement with the West on small scale hunter gatherer societies due to colonialism and globalisation. We will discuss the impact of the introduction of alcohol, metal implements, guns, Christianity and cash crops. To provide ‘fieldwork experience’, we will be viewing a series of films.

SPANISH: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS Colette Lévy
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 1.30)
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 1.33)
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 Guy Meredith
Thur 10.20 – 12.00 (Room 2.26)
This course is suitable for students who have a reasonably good level of conversation Spanish. Each week we talk about what has happened to us and to the world int he past seven days; there will also be reading from – and criticism of – a recent Spanish book, as well as quizzes and puzzles. In short, it will be fun!

SPANISH: ADVANCED Lucia Bird
Wed 10.00 – 11.35 (Room 2.26).
Fortnightly on Sept 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4. Jan 15, 29; Feb 12, 26, Mar 11, 25. Apr 29. May 13, 27, June 10, 24; July 8.
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 on la actualidad angloespañola.

SPANISH AND ROMANCE PHILOLOGY Anthony Gooch
Wed 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 2.26)
Fortnightly on Sept 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4. Jan 15, 29; Feb 12, 26, Mar 11, 25. Apr 29. May 13, 27, June 10, 24; July 8.
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 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 1.29) 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, often glossed over by the media, and get a more realistic perspective. Don’t miss this class, as these topics concern you.