This group started several years ago and has now advanced well into a course prepared by The Joint Association of Classical Teachers, comprising a Greek Reader and an accompanying Grammar & Exercises. The Reader presents short paragraphs of Greek in sections with side by side vocabularies supported by the Grammar and Exercises, in such a way that it can be taken at two levels. Anyone can translate the sections easily, relying on the vocabularies and the Grammar in step, or they can dig deeper into the exercises, mostly Greek into English. After an initial made up tale of an insurance scam, the Reader proceeds to interesting and amusing extracts from the ancient authors, particularly Aristophanes but also including Thucydides, Plato and others , heavily edited at first, then less and less until the Greek appears in its original form.
This course is suitable for those who have studied Greek at school or university, which they have now largely forgotten and wish to revive.
GROUP LEADER: Martin Ben-Nathan
French Conversation (Advanced)
This is a very informal group which meets fortnightly in Harrow on the Hill and has been described by a member as "coffee mornings, but in French". Members chat for just over an hour about anything and everything - the news, holidays, books, films, TV, etc and then take turns to read a French book.
Group Leader - Marion Bloom.
French Revision Course
This course is for those who studied French at school up to GCE or A-Level standard but have not used it since. Grammar is revisited and conversations are held in easy French to gain confidence in speaking the language when visiting France.
Group Leader - Marilyn Kozack.
German Beginners 1
This informal group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at 10.30am in Queensbury for about one hour. The only textbooks used are German-English dictionaries and rigorous grammar is conspicuous by its absence. We confine ourselves to conversation, either ad lib or using prepared scripts. New members are very welcome.
Group Leader - Martin Gelband
German Conversation Advanced
This Group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday Morning in Pinner and is for those who can speak fluent German but have become a little “rusty”. Text books are not used and the general conversation is on subjects or themes suggested by our students. New members are welcome.
Group Leader – Irene Lawford.
Italian Conversation Advanced 2
This is a friendly group, meeting in Wembley Park every other Thursday between
10.00 -12.00. A text book is used for exercises and the group also takes part in Italian conversation.
Group Leader - Maria Hindson
Latin is fun! Forget the old boring slog of grammar and exercises. The Oxford Latin Reader presents a modern approach combining fascinating excerpts from six leading Golden Age Latin writers, together with a background history, short biographies and detailed parallel notes, explanations and even translations of some of the Latin phrases. This is an ideal course for those who did some Latin at school or university and have a nostalgia for the classics after long periods of absence earning a living. The class meets every second Wednesday at the Arts Centre.
Course Leader- Martin Ben-Nathan.
Latin for Beginners
This is a small group which meets every other Tuesday morning in the Gobey Room at the Harrow Arts Centre. We have successfully completed Book 1 of the Cambridge Latin Course and have made a start on Book 2 continuing with stories of life in ancient Rome. The course covers translation, grammar and group discussions conducted in a friendly atmosphere. A basic knowledge of Latin is recommended. New students are encouraged to participate and will find the class very welcoming.
Course Leader – Christine Wierda-Visser
This group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at 10am in the Group Leader's home in Pinner. They read and translate books and revise items of grammar that appear in the text. Role playing is used when dealing with topics such as "shopping for food", "ordering in a restaurant" and “city travelling”.
The Group Leader is Maria Landau.
The group meets on alternate Tuesdays at 10am in the Group Leader's home in Pinner. Currently they are reading and understanding Portuguese literature within an historical context. Current affairs are discussed using newspapers and magazines and matters of grammar are addressed in the form of exercises. In addition, a Portuguese film will be watched and discussed.
The Group Leader is Maria Landau.
Spanish Basic Stage 2
This is a small informal group meeting at a private address in Pinner on most Wednesdays from 10.30 am until about 12 noon. The course book being used is Pasos 1.
Group Leader - Paul Lane.
Spanish Basic Stage 3 & 4
The group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month in North Harrow. The approach is mostly oral but members do a little learning or written homework. The aim is to encourage confidence in talking about oneself and dealing with situations on a visit to a Spanish speaking country.
Group Leader - Anne-Marie Dennis.
This group meets fortnightly. Members are encouraged to relate in Spanish any recent events or experiences and then continue with readings from current Spanish newspapers or books and translating them into English. Occasionally some tricky grammatical points are dealt with.
Group Leader - Nick Gale.
This group is suitable for Spanish speakers who wish to maintain/expand their existing knowledge of the language and develop greater fluency in a friendly environment. Meetings usually fall into two halves. The first half consists of conversation; the second half comprises unprepared translation of instalments from Spanish short stories and current journalistic articles from Spanish newspapers. The group meets fortnightly in a private house in the Preston Road area.
Group Leader - Martin Ben-Nathan.