Tutors at U3A
2016
 

Life Members

 

Below are some profiles of our current tutors at U3A Adelaide. They come from a variety of backgrounds with experience gained from employment, life skills or academia.
No matter what their background, all of our tutors come with a love and knowledge of their subject area and a desire to share it with others - for which 'we others' are forever grateful.

If you know of anyone who has skills they would be willing to share, please get them to contact U3A.

http://www.lynettearden.com

Lynette Arden

My training:

BA (Hons in Geography 11A) from UNE 1964 included 3 years of English study. I have had work (mostly poetry) published in many magazines both in print and on line in Australia and overseas. I won the haiku competition run by Friendly St poets in 2008  http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/?cat=6&paged=3

 I also have an Honours 11A degree in Graphic Design from Liverpool UK and have material displayed on line by the Liverpool Museum, where I am one of their 800 lives.

I belong to the Society of Women Writers and coordinate the SA Haiku Group.

I am a long term Volunteer at the Adelaide Zoo.

As far as the Philosophy Discussion group goes, my only qualification is first year Philosophy. as part of my UNE degree, and being of an enquiring disposition.

2018
Writers Workshop
Philosophy Discussion Group
1 & 2  (with Ken Johns)

Seamus Baker 2018
Doctoring the Mind
Marisa Baldassi

 

2018
Italian Elementary Continuing (2)
Italian Intermediate(3)
 

Kathleen Bambridge

I have had an interest in Film from my childhood. I would like to share not only the film but to discuss the film after it is screened. I have recently retired. I have worked as an archivist for the past 18 years. I have also worked as a Public Servant for 25 years.

2018
Movie Nostalgia
(with Helen Kellaway & Raelene Wilsdon)

 

 

Evaristo Barrera

Evaristo has taught Yoga for 31 years - it is his passion. His experience covers 14 years teaching in Adelaide, 2 years in Tuvala in the Pacific Islands, 7 years in NSW (4 years in Gunning & 3 years in Gundaroo), and 4 years in Canberra. He has attended many workshops and Yoga retreats in NSW, SA and Bali.
His objective is to
provide an environment where enthusiasts can discover the yoga path to a better life.

In a previous life, Evaristo was a Telecommunications Engineer, now retired. Currently he teaches Yoga from home to small groups and three community groups. Evaristo has taught at U3A Adelaide since 2015.

2018
Maintenance (Hatha) Yoga

Andrew Bear

 Andrew Bear is a graduate of Melbourne and Monash Universities and spent three years as a post graduate student at the University of Birmingham. His main career was as Senior Lecturer in English at Flinders University, but he also taught at Monash and Adelaide Universities  and at the then Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

 He has no qualifications in French and never, even in his wildest dreams, imagined himself as a teacher of French.

 By the end of his working career Andrew had gradually learned to speak what he called ‘good tourist French,’ and after retirement decided to make learning French properly a priority. In this he has been more successful than he expected, although he remains realistically modest about his true francophone ability. It has been his good fortune, and to the great benefit of his French, to have been able to spend considerable time in France in recent years.

 The move from enthusiastic U3A student of French under John Davies, Tony Coomb and Esther Mazel to teaching beginners’ French himself was by accident, not design. There was a vacancy and no one better-qualified volunteered to fill it. Enough students find it worth their while to attend his classes, and while this lasts he is happy to continue.

 So far, he seems to know more than they do, but he fears that one day, someone will ask a question that is altogether out of his range. That will be when he hands over! Meanwhile, he enjoys the new challenge of teaching French, and is in awe of the intelligence, friendliness and seriousness of U3A students.

2018
French Breakthrough (3)

 

Kay Bennetts 2018
Current Film Club 4th Tuesday
Reading at Halifax

 

Lynley Bergin 2018
Pleasures of Reading
 

Helen Bills

2018
Sri Lanka

Roger Bills

2018
Magical Myanmar

Christine Brumbt  

2018
Bushwalks

 

Angelo Caon

I am a microbiologist who works in diagnostic microbiology laboratories. I've worked in a number of places but my longest, continuous workplace was in the laboratory at Lyell McEwin Hospital. Over the last 7 years I've spent a lot of time overseas working to help develop microbiology services in Cambodia, Myanmar and Bhutan. In may of 2017 I completed a 12 month placement as an Australian volunteer through the AVID program in the diagnostic laboratory at the main referral hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan.

2018
Bhutan, Monks and Monarchy

 


Valda Casucci

I was born in Australia of Italian parents and studied Italian in Perugia, Italy.  It was there I met my Italian husband and I lived in Italy for 18 months.  In Australia, I taught at St Mary's College for many years.

I cannot remember when I began my connection with U3A Adelaide but I think it was about 2004.  It was Paula Hennig that suggested I offer a course in Italian and the rest is history.

I love the Italian language; I love teaching and I love people.

2018
Italian Continuing to Wander (3)

 

Lesley Clarke

 

2018
Poetry Reading

 

Tony Coombe

Tertiary Academic Qualifications:-

Diplôme d’Etudes de Civilisation française- Sorbonne, Université de Paris, France
Honours Bachelor Degree in French language and Literature- University of Adelaide, SA
Doctorat d’Université- Université d’Aix-Marseille, France

Previous Teaching experience:-

Secondary school teaching to Year 12 at: Scotch College, Mitcham, SA; Adelaide High School; Sacred Heart College; Marbury School, Aldgate, SA.
Lecturer in French Massey University, NZ; Lecturer in French University of New England, NSW
Tutor in French at University of SA; Tutor at University of 3rd Age, Adelaide Inc. (10 years ).
Class and private tutor in English to French personnel at le Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône), France

I have lived in France for a total or nearly 4 years and my only daughter was born at Aix-en-Provence, France

2018
French Pot Pourri (4)

 

Matt Cottrell

Matt has been in the Telecommunications and IT world for over 35 years. 

He has worked in Construction and Maintenance as well as having an input into the design process.  Matt has also been involved in the roll out of the mobile network and optical fibre installations in both country and metropolitan areas.

He has a strong involvement in various sporting and not-for-profit organisations.

 

2018
The Digital Revolution

 

Vincenzo Curro 2018
Italian Discussion (4)

 

Dace Darzins
2018
German Fluent Conversation (4)
 
Trevor Dean

I was born, bred and educated in S.A. but from 1949 I trained as a Christian Brother for 3 years and then studied at Sydney University for 4 years, majoring in French and Italian.

The next 18 months were spent teaching in school and then I was sent to study theology in Rome where some of the lectures were in French. Another year at the Institute of Lumen Vitae in Brussels followed and there everything was in French.

Back in Australia, I spent most of the next 25 years in educational institutions - Teacher Training Colleges, Catholic Education Offices in Melbourne and Adelaide interspersed with stints in schools. I was Principal of St. Joseph's Pascoe Vale in Melbourne and Community Leader at CBC in Launceston.

Beginning in 1987, I was in West Africa (Liberia and Sierra Leone) for 7 years teaching scripture in a seminary for 70 students from those countries. Both countries were plagued by civil war and I became heavily involved in visiting camps for refugees and displaced persons.

Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire are both French speaking countries and together they surround Liberia and Sierra Leone. As the French speaker on the seminary staff, I went first into Côte d'Ivoire and later into Guinea on different missions which enabled the seminary to continue operating for some time. Eventually, just before the rebels took over Makeni in S.L. where we had all relocated, the seminary was closed down and all ex-patriates left the country.

 I returned to Australia and was living in Adelaide for a time in Regent St. South,  of all places! I became aware, a few years ago, that a crisis had arisen at U3A Adelaide, because a French tutor was unable to continue teaching -  I could hardly justify not volunteering to fill the gap.

2018
French Elementary Conversation (2)

 

Simon Degeling


2018
French Perspective Française (4)

 

John Eastaff

 

2018
Mah Jong

 

Giuilo Eliseo  

2018
Italian Consolidating (3)

 

David Esterhuizen

David retired after 40 years teaching.  He was a primary school teacher, but spent several tears teaching adults.
His interests include:- music, history, the English language and its history, politics and continuing his own education.

 

2018
CaesarII

 

Don Fenton
bulletAlways interested in nearly everything!
bulletLeft school at 15 years of age. Too busy reading to pay attention in class!
bulletGained Horticultural qualifications as a teenager.
bulletStudied Art (Oil painting) at the same time.
bulletWorked as itinerant labourer for many years, including ditch-digging, privately teaching music, landscape-gardening, folk-singing, cane cutting, teaching Horticulture in an Agricultural College, factory work of a variety of kinds, or whatever presented itself at the time.
bulletGained a B.A. from the University of Queensland with a double-major in Government (that’s Politics!), a major in History, a major in Classics and Ancient History, and some stray Economics.
bulletAchieved a B.A. Honours Degree in Politics from the University of Adelaide.
bulletAwarded an M.A. in Politics by the University of Adelaide.
bulletTaught 1st Year Politics and Political Philosophy [my specialty] at the Flinders University of South Australia.
bulletCame to U3A when I first heard about this new organization in 1987, at an Adelaide University function of some sort.
bulletBegan presenting courses for Adelaide U3A in 1988. The first course was Political Ideologies. I experimented with a variety of courses before eventually settling down to the present format, which has been current for some time.

2018
In the Beginning

 

Peter Franklin  

2018
Chinese Mandarin (3)
(with Zheng De Han)

 

Sue Garforth

 

2018
Latin Continuers
Spanish Beginners (1)
Spanish Elementary(2)
Pretenders

 

John Geraghty

John was born in England in 1940 migrated to Australia in 1956. He obtained his teaching qualification from Armidale Technical College. He graduated BSc from Newcastle University in 1967 with majors in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Physics.

John is now retired, having taught Mathematics and Physics and also tutoring in Applied Mathematics at the University of New England in NSW.

He has presented courses at U3A in Bowral NSW (home of Don Bradman).

                                                                                                       2018
                                                                                    Mathematics in Western Society

 

Pat Greet

Having travelled around France from an early age, my enthusiasm for the country led me to live and work there for 12 years. Although no formal qualifications in the language, I also applied my French for more than 5 years whilst working in an International Organisation in The Netherlands. 

The city of romance played its role, as it was in Paris that I met my future husband from South Australia. 

The class is very informal and we chat about everything from current affairs, to areas in France, and of course – food and wine.  Aimed at inspiring everyone to participate and have the courage to speak, a reasonable command of the language is suggested.

2018
French Let's Talk (4)

 

John Griffiths 2018
Art and Mixed Media (with Leonie Pike)
Bridge (with Beatrice Howarth)
 

Penelope Hackett-Jones

Penelope Hackett-Jones was encouraged to use a debased form of English while growing up in an Adelaide suburb:  "googy" for egg, "geegee" for horse, "bunny" for rabbit, etc. As a teenage act of rebellion against this frightful early experience, at the age of 14 she developed a passion for correct English, which still inflames her today, and which she soon carried over into other languages. She was able to learn Latin and French at school, and while pretending to do Maths homework taught herself Italian and Russian, using the Hugo's "Teach Yourself a Language in 3 Months" textbooks.

Her first paid employment was as a Greek-English translator for a subversive press-cutting agency in Athens, at the time of the military junta. Returning to Australia she qualified as a teacher, something slightly less dangerous, and taught French, Latin and Modern Greek for many years.

After retiring to raise a family, she joined U3A where she teaches Beginners' French, and is at present studying Arabic in private. Penelope believes in mandatory imprisonment for the incorrect use of English in public, particularly for the inaccurate placing of the apostrophe, and for the pretentious use of Italian in restaurant menus.

2018
 French Beginners (1)
French Elementary (2)
French Intermediate (3)

 

Zheng De Han
2018
Chinese Mandarin
(with Peter Franklin)
 
Joelie Hancock
2018
Play Reading
 

Dorothy Heinrich

In my previous working life I was an academic, lecturing and tutoring in physiology and pathophysiology. During that time and since, an interest in people and other cultures has led me on journeys with my husband to diverse places, from China and countries of south-east Asia to continental Europe and Iceland, a note-book and camera always in my luggage.

It is an interest in genealogy, however, which has led me on journeys of a different kind - voyages of discovery into the past.
I enjoy writing, and the stories of two runaway sailors in my family tree appear in a family history which I wrote and published in 2006, and which won the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society's T. T. Reed Award in 2007.

One of these runaway sailors later led me to uncover an  intriguing tale - the story of the captain and ship which he had deserted in Hobart Town in 1836. My researches into the fate of that vessel's captain, Robert Clark Morgan, and the last voyage of the 'Duke of York', have resulted in another book, 'The Man Who Hunted Whales: A tale of Kangaroo Island and a doomed ship'.

In the future, I am hoping to go on even more journeys into the past.

Dorothy's book may be purchased via this link:- http://www.dorothyheinrich.com.au/
 
 


 

2018
Before the Buffalo

 

Gwenda Helsham


2018

At the Movies
Throne of Blood
Shakespeare on Stage and Screen


 

Keith Hempton

Keith was firstly a Modern Language Teacher (French and German at Sydney Grammar School) and then, for over 20 years, a professional singer.  He sang principal roles with the major opera companies in Australia, including Opera Australia and the State Opera Companies of South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. He sand with such conductors as Mark Elder, Carlo Felice Cillario, Myer Fredman and Barry Tuckwell. He was the bass with the Song Company (Australia's only professional classical vocal ensemble) from 1986 - 91.

From 1991 he was Lecturer in Charge of Wollongong Conservatorium and from 1995 until 2008 was Head of vocal Studies and Co-ordinator of the Honours Performance Programme at the Elder Conservatorium within the University of Adelaide.

Keith has taken early retirement with the intention of returning to performing both as a singer and a presenter.  He also hopes to have the opportunity to adjudicate, lecture and examine.  Over the years he has acquired a vast experience and knowledge of classical music (he is also a trained radio presenter) and would like to find the opportunity to make challenging use of his particular skills.
 

2018
French Vive la France (3)

 

Beatrice Howarth

Beatrice Howarth became an enthusiastic supporter of U3A Adelaide when she was invited to join in 2009 to teach Modern Greek. Since then she has taught a course every year sharing with participants her knowledge and love for the Middle Eastern and Greek cultures and history. She enjoys the challenge of research into areas she has studied at University many years ago but would like to learn more now and is encouraged by the enthusiasm, support, friendliness and scholarship of U3A students and staff.

Beatrice has studied and worked at the University of Alexandria (Egypt), the Australian National University (Canberra), the University of New England (Armidale, NSW) and the London School of Economics and Political Science of London University. She holds degrees in Classics as well as English and French Literature and a Master in Librarianship. She has studied Arabic and is fascinated by Asian and Arabic cultures. Since she retired, she rekindled her love for Greek culture and did a course on Ancient Greek Philosophers at Adelaide University. 

She is a fluent speaker of Greek, French, Italian and English. She has lived and worked in England, Austria, France, Italy, Greece as well as Egypt and Australia. 

2018
Bridge
(with John Griffiths)
Peace in the Middle East

 

Geoff Howe

 

2018
Gods and Heroes
Van Morrison

Helena Jenkinson

2018
Spanish Connections

Ken Johns

Ken’s professional career was in business management in South Australia, mainly in the electrical industry.   

For many years he also conducted (part time) various management classes and Professional Development courses for various Management Consultants in Adelaide, on topics including negotiation skills, time management and marketing management. 

Ken is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.  

Since his retirement, he has pursued a number of other interests in both Philosophy and Psychology.  Ken is currently a Tutor in both of these topics. He is also a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance and the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

2018
Philosophy Discussion Group 1 & 2
(with Lyn Arden)

 

Magrit Johnson

 

2018
French Continuing (3)

 

Helen Kellaway 2018
Movie Nostalgia
(with Kathleen Bambridge & Raelene Wilsdon)
Ana Luthe  

2018
Spanish Intermediate (3)
Spanish Let's Speak (4)

 

 

Mac Macdonald - Frederick R. M. (Mac) Macdonald 

I was born in NZ in 1936 and received my early education in Auckland before  travelling with my parents to the UK in early 1945. My secondary and tertiary education was in London at Westminster School and London University.  
I was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1960, and came to SA in 1961. 
I am a Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and have held pastorates at Warradale Park, Strathalbyn, Croydon/Kilkenny, Kent Town, Goodwood and Glenelg.

I first joined U3A, in 2001.  Previously I had done some lecturing with Adult Education, WEA and at Glenelg’s “College for Seniors”.

I am married to Margaret and we have two adult children.     
I  enjoy gardening, computing, listening to classical music, travel & study of the fine arts.
Current memberships include the Adelaide Society of Collectors, my local historical society & Probus.      
I am also a Telecross Volunteer for Red Cross. 

I have travelled extensively through Europe, NZ, Australia, South America and Russia and have a special love for Italy and the British Isles. 

An architect father instilled into me an interest in architecture and over the years I have developed my interest in music and the fine arts.

In the past I was a committee member and the second President of the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society and also a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in the Norwood Kitchen.

Since retirement I have been involved in Interim Ministry at Thames, NZ and at Kent Town, Payneham Road & other churches.   At Illoura Homes, I ran a Conversation Club for residents Christian Meditation group.

2018
Vindaloo to Shampoo
Xanadu on Sea

 

Maria Macdonald

2018
Italian Conversation Tuesday (4)
Italian Conversation Thursday (4)
 

Bob Major


2018
Charles Darwin: Geologist
 

Peter Mansfield  

2018
History of the English Bible

 

Jeff Nicholas

In 1995, Jeff retired from academic life at Flinders University, where he was Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical Education. He is now involved in historical research and public speaking on the origins of the 'Province of South Australia'.  His biographical history, Behind the Streets of Adelaide, was launched in 2016 in Adelaide and London.

From 1999-202, Jeff was the President of the Pioneers Association of South Australia and took a leading role in the Association's publication entitled A Pioneer History of South Australia (2001)

 

2018
The South Australian Dream
 

 

Pam Norman  

2018
Gallery Insights 1, 2, 3
 

 

Susila Palaniappan  

2018
Art Exploration

 

Trevor Peart

I first visited West Terrace Cemetery many years ago while researching biographical information for entry in a history competition. That visit opened up a panorama of South Australia, its people and their stories. With more than 150,000 burials, West Terrace Cemetery hosts a vast array of those stories, all of which combine to weave the rich fabric of our society.

Over the years, I have delivered talks to numerous groups and societies, including U3A, and have been a tour guide for both commercial and non-profit sectors. When I was fortunate enough to take early retirement in 2002, I was able to devote more time to my interests in social history, especially South Australian history (with an emphasis on historical crime).

Lifelong learning has always been my passion and, besides history, I enjoy bush dancing, scale modelling and most things involving technology. My current learning project is programming Arduino microprocessors

 

2018
Behind the Walls

 

Shila Phopo  

2018
Society in Remote Papua

The following websites are for your information
http://fulcrumaid.com.au/projects2/three-plus-papua-new-guinea
http://widfpng.weebly.com/soil-child-project.html
 

Leonie Pike

2018

Art for Pleasure (with John Griffiths)
Tour de France

Lyn Porter

In semi-retirement, Lyn is enjoying living her two passions:  Circle Dancing and Professional Counselling both of which carry a healing component and focus on group process and relationship. 

Lyn graduated with a Science Degree and began her professional career as one of the first female geologists in Australia to work for private enterprise.  Marrying a geologist and raising a family through many interstate and overseas moves gave her an opportunity for many lifestyles and career experiences as a High School Maths teacher and Mineral Exploration Information specialist.  Return to Adelaide and career change for her husband prompted Lyn to transition into Professional Counselling via Lifeline training and Masters degree in Social Science.  She gained rich experiences as a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor and Supervisor, Personal Support Program Caseworker working with the long-term unemployed, on women's issues as a Counsellor at Women's Community Centre, and through her private Counselling practice continues to offer support to family Carers as a brokered Counsellor to Carers SA and to employed people through sponsored EAP Counselling.  Lyn has been enjoying Circle Dancing since 2002 and stepped up to leading and teaching upon the sudden death of previous teacher in 2011.  She has Cert IV TAA as well as Circle Dance training from UK master teachers Mandy de Winter, Judy King and Andy Bettis as well as Australian teachers Krista Sands, Judith Keller & others

 

2018
Circle Dancing Monday
Circle Dancing Friday

 

 

Efstathios P'saltis

Efstathios learnt Greek from his migrant parents and through immersion in the local Greek community. He studied Modern Greek at Charles University in Prague and, in the process, became fluent in Czech and learnt Russian.  He also has a Dip. Ed and a B.A. (2016) from the University of Adelaide.  He has maintained his oral fluency through participating in Greek community activities and his writing skills by translating and writing poetry.

He was involved in teaching Greek in ethnic schools run by the Greek Orthodox Community of S.A. Inc, where he created learning materials and guided teachers. He was the inaugural lecturer of Modern Greek at the then Adelaide C.A.E; taught Greek and was a Greek Language Adviser in public schools: taught Greek at the University of Adelaide Continuing Education; has taught ESL (including a year in Prague).

Efstathios loves teaching the Greek language. It always presents challenges and so he prepares his own materials and has a flexible methodology. He is acquainted with teaching and learning as an older person.

2018
Greek Language and Culture (1)

 

Juli Pullman

 

 

2018
Microsoft Windows 10

Bob Rabbitt


2018
For the Record
(with Adriaan van der Wyst)
 

Anne Rees

I have been teaching music for more than 50 years, always with the desire to enable people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and gently extend their knowledge, understanding and pleasure. Recreational music-making is uplifting in many ways and group music is satisfying socially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Sometimes it is just plain fun! I played in my first recorder ensemble when I was 13 years old, have been hooked ever since, and have no intention of stopping now.

 

2018
Recorder Group

Evelyn Robertson
2018
Current Film Club 1
 
Shaun Ruxton
2018
Underwater Macro Photography
 

Gabrielle Scherrer

My life in music has been very varied; I was teaching violin in my teens, but started my official studies after leaving school. I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the performer’s course and completed my violin teaching certificate as well. My first position was with the BBC Scottish Orchestra, which was daunting and a huge learning curve! 

My parents then emigrated to Australia and I decided to see something of Europe. I played in a German Symphony Orchestra and then in Basel, where I met my husband, Walter. I did return to England to do a Dip Ed for classroom music teaching but then went back to Basel to get married.

In 1990 we decided to emigrate for various reasons and I got a job in Albany WA teaching all the strings in all the public schools in 3 days and teaching classroom music for 2 days a week to 450 Primary School kids! There were also 2 Youth Orchestras and a school choir to conduct!  Enough said!! Luckily I could give up the classroom teaching after 7 years.

I moved to Adelaide in 2008 and have continued my varied activities including non music ones and I am enjoying the opportunities here, especially at U3A! I have often come across adults who play and sing without being able to read music. They manage extremely well and it is possible. But being able to read gives you more independence and opens up more repertoire – as does word reading – and it is possible to learn it later in life! So that is why I am offering this course “Reading Music through Singing and Percussion”.  I hope to see you there.

2018
Reading Music for Beginners

 

Irene Schmidt
2018
German Let's Talk (3)
 

Waltraud Schmidt

Before moving from Germany to Adelaide in 1992, I taught German, English and Geography at the German-French High School in Freiburg.

While living in the USA for a few years in the early eighties, I had the opportunity to learn how to make pottery. By now I have managed to make all my own crockery (and quite a lot of my friends).

In 1995 I joined the WEA and taught German from ‘Beginners’ to ‘Advanced Conversation’ until 2010.  In 2013 I started to teach ‘German for Beginners’ at U3A.

I have also been a tour guide at the South Australian Museum for the past 20 years.

2018
German Elementary (2)
German Language and Culture (4
 


Renate Shanahan

I was born in Germany and lived there during my school years, came to Australia in 1957 and got married to an Australian in 1958.
After spending some years building a house and having a family, I entered the Sturt Teachers College, later incorporated into Flinders University, as a mature age student and trained to become a teacher of German and  Religious Education, while working part time as an emergency teacher.

Having achieved my B.Ed., I taught in several high schools at all levels for a total of 22 years. After my retirement I spent my time catching up on my hobbies, quilting, singing in a choir, practicing Yoga, walking in a group and also with my dog. One day, one of my walking friends, who was attending courses in the U3A asked, whether I was willing to tutor  Advanced German there, since the present tutor was ill. I said yes - that was in 2005, and I am still here.

My aim in teaching German here is to make this subject interesting and fun at the same time.

2018
German Intermediate (3)

Valerie Sitters

Valerie has immersed herself in the literature of the polar regions for over 40 years and delighted in sharing that love with innumerable groups.
She has given talks about Antarctica to historical societies, the ANARE Club and the Australian Meteorological Association and RIAus most recently. She was formerly employed at the State Library of SA and in the Royal Geographical Society of SA Library.

2018
Botanizing Australia

John Slaytor

After graduating from Adelaide University (B.A.,  Dip. Ed.), John taught in high schools for a few years before returning to do a Master’s degree in Climatology. For the next 15 years or so he taught student teachers and, during this time, also did a B.Sc.  John spent several extended periods overseas in institutions in Holland (Earth Sciences) and England (Land Management).   For the last 10 years before retiring he was Senior Lecturer in park management at the University of S.A.  He is a Life Member of both the Aust.  Meteorological Association and the Royal Geographical Society of S.A.

So how is it that he’s running a course in Spanish?  Well, since student days he has had an interest in foreign languages, but the opportunity to study only Latin formally at University.   Yet this, coupled with a certain fascination with grammar (English and Latin) arising from its importance in his education in the mid-twentieth century, was of great help as a renewed interest in languages arose when he retired.  Intrigued by the Graeco-Latin origins of the Romance languages, and spurred on by partner Mary, together they did SACE Spanish via the School of Languages.  This is his only formal qualification in Spanish.   So, rather than being a tutor, he regards himself as a coordinator of a group of like-minded autodidacts, still of modest Spanish conversational skills, but very enthusiastic, who are mostly refugees from the legendary Silvia Lang’s Spanish class and who, after her retirement, wanted to continue in the same way the study of the beautiful Spanish language, its literature, and culture.

2018
Spanish Literature and Grammar (3)

 

David Smith
2018
Wine Exploring

Tony Stimson

2018
Remembering the Boer War

 

Dianne Schwarz

 

 

2018
Let's Keep Talking
(Convenor)

Patricia Sumerling

2018
Elephants and Egotists

Julanne Sweeney

2018
Shakespeare Play Reading

Sandra Taylor

I hold Honours and MSc degrees from Queens University at Kingston, Canada and a PhD degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in biology and earth science.  I retired from my position as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Adelaide in 2007.  Since then I have been an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Urban Ecology at the University of South Australia.  My current research activities are concerned with urban biodiversity conservation and restoration, environmental history, citizen science and Australian nature writing.

I have offered U3A courses in the past at Pt Adelaide and in the City.  Now that I have reduced my academic commitments to the University of South Australia, I have time to begin offering U3A courses again.

2018
Greening Cities

John Travers

John was a school principal for most of his working life and ended up as Manager of the Technology School of the future.  After full time work he ending up do some lecturing in educational technology for Flinders University in a Masters program in Beijing.

John has, for a few years, been delivering courses at the Mitcham Library and COTA on how to use the iPad and iPhone

2018
iPad Introduction 1,2,3

Gail Umehara
2018
Japanese Conversation (2-4)

 

Aura Valli
2018
Italian for Beginners (2)

 


Adriaan van der Wyst

Adriaan is currently the Program Coordinator, and also takes the “For the Record” class with his co-presenter, Bob Rabbitt.  He also presents occasional lectures on topics in the science field.

Adriaan taught maths and science in SA secondary schools for eight years before working in the Education Department in Research and Planning and in Personnel for thirty years.  His main interests are music, philosophy, history, religion and bushwalking and golf. 

2018
For the Record
(with Bob Rabbitt)
Music Hall


Laure Vincent-Allard

As a free-lance consultant and lecturer, Laure has combined her wide-ranging knowledge of European Art History (24 years as a conference-guide in French Historic sites and for private companies and 15 years as an Art History teacher) with her 18-year domestic and international experience as a trainers’ supervisor and team leader.

She has a Bachelor degree in Art history and Archaeology with honours, and various diplomas and certificates in guiding/lecturing and in management. She has provided lectures, conferences, led workshops and training in both European Art and Team Leadership (from stress management to training improvement, just to name a few). She specialises in expanding creativity, challenging intellectual and emotional perspective and building self-confidence with humour and kindness.

Laura's website:- www.thewittyscope.weebly.com


2018
French Perspective Française
Watercolour Affairs

 

Steve Walsh 2018
At the Movies
Secure Your Windows PC - cancelled
Ann Warner
2018
French Advanced (4)
 
Murray Wilsden  

2018
Eastern Europe and Turkey Wanderings

 

Raelene Wilsden 2018

Movie Nostalgia (with Kathleen Bambridge and Helen Kellaway)

Mike Wohltmann  

2018
Enemy Aliens

 

Athena Zaknic

Since my retirement, I have enjoyed immensely being a member of U3A.  I find the language classes stimulating and enjoyable.  My literary interests also take to me the poetry group, play reading and, as a member of the creative writing group, I like to write both poetry and prose.

With a professional scientific and musical background, my new interests are something I have always wanted to do.  I find the mental gymnastics of philosophy challenging and, with Lyn Arden, we have an enthusiastic group of friends in the philosophy class.

2018
Monday Movie Club