With over 300 courses, there’s something for everybody, from Music or Writing, to learning more about your favourite topic in History, Science or Literature. Whether it’s French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian or Swedish; WEA is the place to start learning a language.

Meet some of WEA’s best tutors at our One Night Only specials, trace political developments with our Politics at Lunchtime program, or learn about some special places at our Travel Tuesday evenings. Our Practical Art program has everything from basic drawing skills to Calligraphy and Oil Painting. Or take up Yoga or Tai Chi and investigate our healthy living courses.

Our range of IT and Gadget courses is terrific if you need to brush up on your skills, and you can improve your management and workplace communication skills, all in our Business programs.

You don’t have to wait until the start of term– we have a terrific range of April Holiday courses, plus special courses to celebrate Reconciliation Week and the Sydney Writers' and Film Festivals.

Bathurst St will also be changing during Autumn, with a large development continuing at 286 Sussex St, next door to WEA Sydney (corner of Bathurst and Sussex Sts). This site is part of the City of Sydney’s planned gateway to the redesigned Darling Harbour. While WEA may suffer some inconvenience during the development process, the end result will be a fresh, modern and revitalised Bathurst St.

Enjoy your Autumn at WEA!

Michael Newton | Executive Director

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      • French Beginners 1 Weekend Workshop (A1)
        This course is an introduction to French for any student wishing to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. Students will develop skills to use in conversation, reading, listening and writing.

        TEXT: Alter Ego A1+ (2012) Dossier 0 & Dossier 1: Leçons 1-2.

        CLASS PLAN
        2 full-day sessions that aim to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in elementary French.

        Conversational French and an introduction to cultural practices, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles.

        Topics (as related to textbook)
        [Dossier 0 Découvertes pp. 14-24]

        • French names and surnames
        • Identifying a language
        • Introducing oneself (1)
        • Getting to know others
        • Counting (0 to 69)
        • Communicating in the classroom
        • Identifying other Languages and Nationalities
        • Naming countries

        [Dossier 1 – Les uns, les autres – Leçon 1 pp.26-29]

        • Formal and Informal greetings
        • Using tu or vous
        • Introducing oneself (2)
        • Give/Ask for personal information (1)
        • Times of day
        • Elements of Identity

        Grammar (as covered in textbook topics)

        • Adjectives of nationality (masculine/feminine)
        • Verb “s'appeler” and “être” - Present tense
        • Definite articles
        • Gender of country names
        • Verb Avoir Present tense
        • Possessive adjectives (1)
        • Negation using ne…pas

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Speak clearly and be understood in basic French in particular to talk about themselves and exchange basic with others.
        2. Demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of French.

        IMPORTANT: Textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.

        Abbey’s Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 | www.languagebooks.com.au

      • Reading - The Hidden Addiction for Writers

        Research has shown the addictive properties of alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs, but is there such a thing as overdosing on reading? Reading is known for its ability to allow the reader to escape, but has reading become your escape from your writing? Whether you’re consciously or unconsciously addicted, how do you rein in your reading and harness time to write? And how do you research your manuscript without ‘over-researching’?


        • What is normal reading behaviour and what is addictive behaviour? [When you have writing to do, ‘less is more’ especially when it comes to reading fiction or nonfiction books, magazines and newspapers not related to your writing.]
        • What is normal researching behaviour and what is ‘over-researching’ behaviour? [When you have research to do, less is also more e.g. the 80/20 principle (Pareto’s principle)].

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Evaluate whether their reading habits are normal or addictive.
        2. Leave the classroom with a strategy to overcome reading addiction or over-researching their writing project.
      • The Great Australian Novel

        From the early 2000s, Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet has been hailed as The Great Australian Novel. It is that rare beast: a book that is loved by critics, the reading public and fellow writers alike. Why is that? What makes Cloudstreet a text that tells us something about ourselves as Australians? Cloudstreet, of course, is a mix of (contested) history, loyalty, belonging , community and brokenness. It is about ‘a great continent of a house’ that stands for the nation, and Winton makes us feel and laugh and cry and think and marvel in both the language and our own place in this country. So what is he saying exactly, and do we still feel this book is about us? Or are there other novels that can lay claim to the title Great Australian Novel?

        Today, we will talk about Cloudstreet itself. What does Winton do in this book and why have generations of Australians responded to it the way they have? Do we still feel that Cloudstreet's Australia is our Australia now, or have things changed? What makes a book into The Great Australian Novel? I also
        want to invite you to bring your own candidate and tell us why your pick deserves a place in our national pantheon.

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. understand better what makes Australia tick, and why.
        2. know more about Tim Winton and about his epic novel.
        3. hear about alternatives that, maybe, capture the modern Australia better.
      • The Last German Emperor, Wilhelm II: His Years in Exile 1918 - 1941

        The last German Emperor (Kaiser) Wilhelm II, fled to the Netherlands after Germany’s defeat in the First World War and his forced abdication in 1918. The Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, who had granted him asylum, declined ever to meet him, but when the Allied Powers requested Wilhelm’s extradition to face trial for war crimes, she refused to hand him over. Kaiser Wilhelm himself always dreamed of returning to Germany as Emperor. It was not to be. This evening we explore his final years.

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Develop a better understanding of Germany’s history in the 20th century;
        2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past;
        3. Develop skills in interpreting evidence and historical scholarship.
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