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Party on Magnetic Island

• U3A Monday Talks 

Date: Mon February 26 - 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Magnetic Island RSL Hall - Arcadia

U3A hold their 'Monday Talks' every Monday from 10am to noon at the RSL Hall in Arcadia. Everyone is invited to join these informative and inspiring conversations. No class cost, but U3A membership is required. For more information contact Mike on 0437 432 251.

Monday 5th February to Monday 26th March (8 weeks)
Mike Keating conducts a series of talks on astronomy which will run for eight weeks until Easter.
Astronomy is the study of our universe and viewed very broadly, includes all aspects of the solar system and everything beyond. The present course takes a very broad view covering specific topics such as the sun, earth, moon, planets and other solar system bodies including the stars and star clusters, the nebulae, galaxies and the universe itself.

• Discover the enormous range of objects that make up the universe.
• Appreciate the size, colour, age, distance and velocities of these objects.
• Find answers to basic questions of origin, nature and ultimate fate of the universe.
• Develop a much deeper understanding of what you see in the sky above.

Monday 23rd and Monday 30th April (2 weeks)
After Easter there will be two talks on Vietnam by Graham Collins. For more information contact Mike Keating on 0437 432 251.

(Being a public holiday, there will be no talk on Monday 7th May.)

The History and the spread of the English Language
Monday 14th May to Monday 25th June (7 weeks)
On Monday14th May a new series of talks on the history and development of the English Language will start, conducted by Liz McDine
0422 190 455 and Una Glavin 0403 644 344.
Course Summary:
Unit 1 - Origins
In this Unit, we will be looking at the origins of both language in general, and English in particular.

Unit 2 - Old English
In this Unit, we shall be looking at Old English - which used to be called "Anglo-Saxon".

Unit 3 - Middle English 1150-1500ad
In this Unit, we'll look at Middle English, as it developed during the Twelfth to Fifteenth centuries.

Unit 4 - Early Modern English
Between 1500AD and 1650AD, the English language both flourished and became more settled.  We are still able to read and understand the language of the time, five hundred years later.

Unit 5 - The Enlightenment 1650-1800
In this Unit, we shall look more briefly than usual at the developments which affected the English language between roughly 1650 and 1800 - the period of The Enlightenment.

Unit 6 - Modern English Since 1750 (1)
In this Unit, we shall examine briefly the development of Modern English since 1750, especially in the UK and the English-Speaking Commonwealth, including Australia, NZ and Canada.

Unit 7 - Modern English Since 1750 (2)
In this Unit we shall look at Modern English since 1750 in the USA and in countries where English is commonly used, but not always learned or spoken as a first language.

Unit 8 - English In Society (1)
In this Unit, we shall look briefly at:Taboo and EuphemismRegisters and JargonDouble Speak

Unit 9 - English In Society (2)
In this Unit we shall look at a wide range of issues including political correctness, catch phrases, slogans, graffiti, slang, proverbs, idioms and clichés.

Unit 10 - English As An International Language
In this Unit, we shall consider the spread of English in China, movies and television and the Internet.  Finally, we shall return in more detail to the topic of Pidgins and Creoles.