WANGARATTA U3A Second Semester Courses January - July 2018

Hot Topics   ONGOING 

Come along and join in discussions on the major (and minor) social, cultural, scientific, philosophical and political issues in Australia and around the world. This course is planned to allow participants the opportunity to discuss their views on matters of interest in local, national and international events of their choosing. The aim for the course is to allow the participants, to question, confirm, challenge and enhance their own views on the subjects or events discussed. The success of the course will depend on the willingness of the participants to become involved and to respect the differences of opinions of individual participants.

Exploring Nature Writing      NEW

What is nature writing and why has it exploded in popularity as a genre in our time?  We will explore its history and the many styles, approaches and subject matter used by writers such as Ted Hughes, Walt Whitman, Alexis Wright, Tom Griffiths, Jennifer Ackerman, Tim Low, Deborah Bird Rose, Matt Colloff, John McPhee and Sophie Cunningham.  Each class will include a writing workshop producing short pieces you can choose to share or not.  Please bring a notebook and pen.

Conversing in French    CONTINUING

Because members of the 2016 group are continuing on in 2018 and the numbers are limited, please contact U3A Wangaratta on Mobile: 0412 944 664 if you are interestedjoining this course

Mah Jong    ONGOING

Mah-jong is not a difficult game but you have to keep your wits about you. It is good for the memory and quite easy to learn. Your own set of tiles would be valuable for practice. It is a simple game once the rules have been mastered. Once this is done, a player has learnt all there is about Mah-jong - the rest is luck. Concentration, patience and quickness of play are the keys. The more you play the more enjoyable the game.

At the Movies     ONGOING

Calling all film fans who want the opportunity to see a range of films. Members share the responsibility of providing movies for the group to view and discuss. As an introduction to their movie selection, members may present reviews, or information about the stars, director, costumes, settings and awards given. We meet once a month.

Buongiorno Italia    ONGOING

  

This is for all who love the Italian language and for those who think they may travel to Italy. Because it is an ongoing course and numbers are limited please contact us on the U3A phone 0412 944 664 if you are interested in joining the class and have some knowledge of the Italian language. Basic grammar skills will be included in each session. The group will be working with a text so it is expected that participants buy ‘Talk Italian’ Book 2 which costs approximately $15.95 for the book or $30.00 for the book and CD and can be bought through Edgars Newsagency or on-line. Participants must to be prepared to revise and prepare for each session.

Literature     ONGOING

Literature includes images as well as text.  In addition to novels, plays, films, poems, there are TV shows, documentaries, feature films, and even advertisements to be ‘read’ and assessed for the stories they tell and the way they are constructed. The topics for each semester are chosen by the course participants so, whatever your taste in literature, it is likely to be catered for and you may well be surprised by exciting new idea. 

More than Travellers’ Tales    ONGOING

There are all sorts of travellers, journeys, and stories to be told in words, digital images, photographs, and maps. There are local road trips of a few days, interstate sorties by road, rail, or plane, long haul journeys to distant lands and cruises in all parts of the world. In addition to holiday travel, there are stories told by people who have chosen to live in this country, and stories about living and working in other countries. Some people love a particular place, city, or country and want to share their enthusiasm for it. We want to hear them all. So, if you have a traveller’s tale to tell, good or bad, do share it with us. And, if you just want to listen and be transported somewhere else, we travellers completely understand!

The Golden Age of Operetta    NEW

Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, into the world of Operetta, from 1870’s till 1944. Many of us grew up with this music, which is rarely heard these days. Here’s a chance to hear music from The Merry Widow, The Gypsy Baron, The Desert Song and lots more. We will also have a quick look at the background of these treasures.

How Does It Work? 2018   IT’S ON AGAIN

A combination of psychology, biology, physics and chemistry and anything else which helps to explain how things work. Participants have already asked to find out about dreams, coffee, honey (from plant to bee to us), differences between girls' tennis balls and boys' tennis balls and you too can ask about your own puzzling things.

Talk French!     ONGOING

This course is ongoing so is not suitable for complete beginners. Please contact U3A Wangaratta by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in joining the class and have some knowledge of French- perhaps from some years back in the past. Emphasis will be on gaining the skills to understand and speak French with confidence. Basic grammar skills will be included in each session. The group will be working with a text so it is expected that participants buy ‘Talk French’ Book 1 and Book 2 which cost approximately $15.95 for the book or $30.00 for the book and CD and can be bought through Edgars Newsagency or on-line. Participants are expected to do some revision to be prepared for each session.

The Garden Plot    NEW

Do you love gardens and gardening? Join us for interactive sessions with guest speakers, plant swap days and field trips.