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. http://www.eighthundredlives.org.uk/lives/lynettearden.aspx?JS=1

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.

I run a couple of information blogs on the Internet dealing with environmental and wildlife issues. These may be found on my personal website and on the Community Links section of U3A. The blogs are reference blogs only to articles on line. I don’t always have time to keep these up to date.

I designed and run the website for  the Kensington& Norwood Writers’ Group. http://www.norwoodwriters.com/writers-pages/Lynette_Arden.html, along with the web site of the Kensington & Norwood Historical Society. http://www.kensingtonandnorwoodhistoricalsociety.com/

2017
Writers Workshop Group
Philosophy Discussion Group
1 & 2  (with Ken Johns)
 

Jeremy Austen 2017
Dead DNA
 
Marisa Baldassi

 

2017
Italian Beginners Continuing
Italian Continuing
 
 

 

Evaristo Barrera

Evarista 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 & # 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 I was a Telecommunications Engineer, now retired. Currently he teaches Yoga from home to small groups and three community groups. Evaristo has taught at U3Aelaide since 2015.

2017
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.

2017
French Breakthrough

 

Kay Bennetts 2017
Current Film Club 4th Tuesday
 

Helen Bills

2017
Bhutan - Thunder Dragons

Roger Bills

2017
3 South American Icons

Greg Bishop

 

2017
Learn Linux 2017
Judith Carr
2017
King in the Carpark
 


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.

2017
Italian Continuing to Wander

Lesley Clarke

 

2017
Poetry Reading

 

 

 

Joei Cole

For several years since retiring from a hectic business life and, following the artistic inclination of my grandmother and brother, I have undertaken intensive study and practice in drawing and painting in watercolour. I have a  particular interest in colour and light in landscape and townscape.  My work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout South Australia and I have won a number of awards. I am a member of the Burnside Painting Group and also have my own studio where I do one-on-one tutoring on the techniques of watercolour.

2017
Watercolour

 

Tony Comin

Antonio Comin (born Cornuda, Italy, 9.10.1933) migrated with his family to Australia in 1936.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Università degli Studi di Firenze. He taught at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) before joining Flinders University in 1970 as Professor of Italian, a post he retained until his retirement in 1996.

His main teaching and research areas have been Italian, Italian Dialectology, and Traditional Italian Culture. He has been and continues to be active in promoting Italian theatre as a performer, director and writer

2017
Machiavelli's  - The Prince
Machiavelli's  - The
Mandrake

 

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

2017
French Pot Pourri

 

John Cooper-Smartt
2017
Port Misery to Port Dock
 

Coralie Creevey

After obtaining a Master of Arts History from UNSW in the 1980s, I worked in various professions until, since retirement, I’ve had more time for art, music and good literature. These restore one’s faith in human goodness and creativity which The News can undermine.  I’d like to share with interested people  my knowledge of some of the most beautiful and enduring art of Western civilisation over the last 500 years.

2017
Pleasures of Reading
War Book Group

 

Vincenzo Curro 2017
Italian Advanced

 

Dace Darzins
2017
German Advanced Conversation
 
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.

2017
French Introductory Conversation

 

Simon Degeling


2017
French Perspective Française
(with Laure Vincent-Allard)

 

David Donaldson
2017
Hollywood's First Australian
 

Don Drake

I became a member of U3A Adelaide when Colin Lawton was forming it and immediately became a tutor. Initially, I formed a class in Current Affairs with Colin and after a period of time I took over the class on my own.

I went on to teach Physical Geography, concentrating on meteorology and geomorphology.

I have always been interested in Cinema, and in 1994, I began a class in Cinema Studies.  Thus class has been held ever since.

My actual teaching of Cinema Studies began in 1969, when I tried to interest my Leaving English class in watching good cinema instead of accepting the poor quality of the average film.  The library of the SA Film Corporation began collecting 16mm copies of film suitable for study, and these were made available.  I also organized film evenings for adults, and ran film making weekends at my school, with the help of others who came from Adelaide.

Although I have academic qualifications in English, I do not have any qualifications in Cinema Studies.  Such courses did not exist at University when I was a student.  However, there can be a close relationship between film and novels and I always emphasize this.  I am, however, self taught in the subject, and I have done much research, and I hope that I manage.
 

2017
Cinema Studies
 

 

John Eastaff 2017
Mah Jong

 

Giuilo Eliseo  

2017
Italian 2

 

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.

 

2017
Caesar!
Latin an Introduction
 

 

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.

2017
Renaissance to the Modern World

Barbara Field

2017
The Plants of India

Peter Franklin  

2017
Chinese Mandarin
(with Zheng De Han)

 

Sue Garforth

 

2017
Latin Continuing
Spanish Beginners
Greed and Gullibility
Royal Whodunnits

 

Olga Gostin

Of Russian-Belgian parentage, I did my undergraduate studies in Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.  Having obtained a scholarship to the Australian National University, I researched resettlement and cash cropping among the Kuni of Papua. For the past 40 years I have been associated with Australia’s first program dedicated specifically to facilitate tertiary education for Indigenous Australians. I am now adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia.

2017
Aboriginal Australia

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.

2017
French Let's Talk French

 

John Griffiths 2017
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.

2017
 French Beginners 1 & 2
 

Zheng De Han
2017
Chinese Mandarin
(with Peter Franklin)
 
Joelie Hancock
2017
Play Reading
 
Ian Harmstorf
2017
German Migration to South Australia
 

Gwenda Helsham


2017

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.
 

2017
French Vive la France

 

Beatrice Howarth

Beatrice Howarth is a graduate of Alexandria (Egypt) and Australian National Universities in Languages (Ancient Greek, French and English) and spent two years as a post graduate student at the University of New England doing research in Modern Greek literature. She is a fluent speaker of Greek, French, Italian and English. She has studied Arabic for many years and is fascinated by Asian and Arabic cultures. Her main career was as a Librarian at the Australian National University, London School of Economics and University of New England. In Adelaide she has worked for the Tertiary Education Authority, the Education Department of SA and the Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission. 

Since she retired she rekindled her love for Greek studies and did a course of Ancient Greek Philosophers at Adelaide University. 

It has been her good fortune, and to the great benefit of her fluency in languages to have been able to spend considerable time in England, France, Italy and Greece in recent years. 

The move from U3A student to teaching Modern Greek for Travellers was due to the encouragement of Margaret Clark and Sue Lea. There was a vacancy for somebody to teach Greek and no one better-qualified volunteered to fill it. Enough students find it worth their while to attend her classes, and while this lasts she is happy to continue. She believes that learning language opens the door to understanding the culture of a particular people and it can become a lifelong passion for travelling, music, food and ideas. 

She enjoys the new challenge of teaching Greek, and is encouraged by the enthusiasm, support, friendliness and seriousness of U3A students and staff.

2017
Bridge
(with John Griffiths)
Heroines or Harlots

 

Geoff Howe

 

2017
The Fifties
The Real Wings

Helen Howe


2017
France by Helicopter 1 & 2
Australian Films

 

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.

2017
On Death and Dying
Philosophy Discussion Group 1 & 2
(with Lyn Arden)

 

Magrit Johnson

2017
French - Continuing

Merilyn Kuchel
2017
Mediterranean Gardening
 
Ana Luthe  

2017
Spanish Intermediate
Spanish Let's Speak Spanish

 

 

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.

2017
Charles Rennie Mackintosh

 

Maria Macdonald

2017
Italian Conversation Tuesday
Italian Conversation Thursday

 

Peter Mansfield
2017
Israel - A Nation Reborn


 

Pauline McCreery

Since retiring at the beginning of 2009 I have been busier than ever before.  I can devote more time to image based computing, to travel, to learning croquet, to learning French, to..........you name it!  I love theatre, reading, good food and wine and being a grandmother.  I became the webmaster for U3A Adelaide five years ago as well as serving on both the Programme and the General Committees, I continue with these commitments.  From March 2011 - March 2013 I was President of U3A Adelaide. I am now the delegate for U3A Adelaide at U3A South Australia, the peak body for U3A in South Australia. I am also webmaster for U3A South Australia and serve on some of their committees. It is wonderful to be able to continue with my love of both learning and teaching.


2017
GIMP It!
Start Your Photobook
Updating Photobook Skills
 

Nick Meredith

2017
Army Museum of SA

Margaret Milford  

2017
Bushwalks
 

Pam Norman  

2017
Gallery Insights 1, 2, 3
 

 

Leonie Pike

2017

Art For Pleasure (with John Griffiths)

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

 

2017
Happy Feet Circle Dancing
The Incidental Counsellor

Bob Rabbitt


2017
For the Record
(with Adriaan van der Wyst)
 

Pamela Rajkowski
2017
In the Tracks of the Cameleers


 

Barrie Redman

2017
Introduction to Excel

 

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.

 

2017
Recorder Group

Evelyn Robertson
2017
Current Film Club 1
 

David Roche Foundation

2017
The David Roche Museum

Dr. Janet Scarfe

Janet has returned to historical research after a public service career. Her current research involves members of the Australian Army Nursing Service in WW1 and WW2. She has published nearly 50 biographical essays on WW1 nurses for the East Melbourne Historical Society (emhs.org.au), and is also working on the diaries and albums of a South Australian WW2 nurse, Dorothy (Puss) Campbell. She was co-editor and contributor to Preachers Prophets & Heretics: Anglican Women’s Ministry (UNSW Press, 2012), essays marking 20 years since the ordination of women controversy in the Anglican Church in 1992. She was actively engaged in that controversy. She is an Adjunct Research Associate, History Department, Monash University.

 

2017
An Adelaide Nurse in WW2
Furore Over Women Priests
 


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.

2017
Reading Music for Beginners
 

Irene Schmidt
2017
German Let's Talk German
 

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.

2017
German I
German IV
 


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 - this 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.

2017
German Middle & Advanced

Scoresby Shepherd

2017
SA Marine Parks and Challenges

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.

2017
The Last Great Quest

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.

2017
Spanish Language and Culture

 

David Smith
2017
Wine Exploring
Trevor Steele
2017
On Foot Across Australia
 

Max Steen

2017
Playford ETSA Museum

Julanne Sweeney

2017
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.

2017
Urban Wildlife

Gail Umehara
2017
Japanese Conversation

 

Aura Valli
2017
Italian for Beginners

 


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. 

2017
For the Record
(with Bob Rabbitt)
Footy Songs Part 1 & 2


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


2017
French Perspective Française
(with Simon Degeling)

 

Ann Warner
2017
French Intermediate
 
Michele Warren
2017
Tai Chi / Qigong 1
Tai Chi / Qigong 2

 

Murray Wildsdon

2017
UK National Trust Estates

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.

2017
Monday Movie Club