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Telesis Classes Spring 2015

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Indian Culture and Hindi Language

Literary Adventures: Reading Your Way Around the World with Mysteries

Religion Outside the Mainstream

Spanish Language in Three Parts

Session I: Spanish Introduction and Vocabulary

Session II: Spanish Grammar

Session III: Basic Spanish Conversation

 

 

LITERARY ADVENTURES: READING YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD WITH MYSTERIES
Thursday, April 9

Reading mysteries can be your passport to literary adventures for you and your book club! Together as readers we’ll circumnavigate the globe as we take a lively look at many diverse mystery writers, their sleuths, and their works—and briefly explore the different countries and cultures their books are set in, from Boston to Botswana, from Singapore to Seattle. You’ll take home a long list of authors you might like to read, and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your favorite mystery writers and their memorable detectives with readers who “love a mystery” as much as you do.

Instructor: Jo McReynolds Blochowiak, Knowledge Ventures

TPD-832-01
6:30 – 8
:30 p.m./$34


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RELIGION OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM
6 Tuesdays, April 14 – May 19

Although six major religions account for more than eighty percent of the world’s faithful, they do not possess a monopoly on the divine. Outside this cartel are smaller, lesser known, but equally legitimate paths to ultimate reality. Discover the wisdom behind such Eastern-tinged faith systems as Bahai, Sikhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and Japanese Shinto. Explore the character of such Western-tinged faith systems as Unitarian Universalism, Voodoo, Rastafarianism, and Mormonism. Study systems outside the fault lines such as shamanism, Wicca, and New Age. These world religions offer a smorgasbord of belief. They await your discriminating palette. If religion interests you, but not necessarily mainstream religion, then join us for this fascinating study.

Instructor: Michael Mullooly, MA

TFT-524-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$112


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SPANISH LANGUAGE IN THREE PARTS
Session I: Spanish Introduction and Vocabulary
Session II: Spanish Grammar
Session III: Basic Spanish Conversation

To speak Spanish, you need three things: know the words that make up the language (the vocabulary); know the rules for putting those words together (the grammar); and you need to practice what you learn from vocabulary and grammar (conversation). In this three part class, you will personalize your learning program. Choose one, two, or all three parts. By the end of the 12 classes, you’ll have a strong grounding in Spanish language. After that, it will take only practice to become fluent.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor

TFL-133-01: all 3 classes/$165
Note:
Students need to purchase the text Spanish is Fun. The text is available in the Alverno College Bookstore.


SPANISH INTRODUCTION AND VOCABULARY
4 Tuesdays, February 17 – March 10

In this first-level class, you will be introduced to Spanish vocabulary and some basic grammar. Each class will address specific vocabulary based on the needs of the students, and will reinforce pronunciation.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor

TFL-300-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 20/$82


SPANISH GRAMMAR
4 Tuesdays, March 17 – April 7

Building upon a basic foundation in Spanish language, this class will help you better understand, and practice, parts of speech in Spanish. Students should have taken the Introduction class, Spanish I, or another Spanish language course.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor  

TFL-311-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 20/$82


BASIC SPANISH CONVERSATION
4 Tuesdays, April 14 – May 5

Once you have a grounding in grammar and vocabulary, you can form an infinite number of sentences and explore a variety of subjects. This class is intended for students who have taken both the Introduction and Grammar classes, Spanish I, or another Spanish language course.

Instructor: Jose Vargas, MD, Bilingual Instructor

TFL-310-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 20/$82


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INDIAN CULTURE AND HINDI LANGUAGE
5 Thursdays, April 16 – May 21 (plus optional dinner/lunch)

Gain an understanding of the rich and diverse culture of India, with additional exploration of the Hindi language. You will become familiar with this broad region’s multiple histories, dialects, social and religious traditions, as well as cultural topics such as literature, film, art, and music. Learn some of the Devanagari script as you are introduced to Hindi, the official and most prominent language of India. We will also watch a “Bollywood” movie with a discussion afterwards. An optional dinner or lunch at an Indian restaurant completes your introduction to Indian culture!

Instructor: Sunita Wadhwa

TFL-150-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$98
Note: Indian dinner or lunch is optional and on-your-own.


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