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Polish for Everyone
with Dorota Janik
Begin, or continue, a journey with Polish. We will build on your knowledge of language, memories and love for things Polish. With addition of new phrases, simplified grammar, and conversation you will prepare to embark on the next trip to Chicago Polish store, write a Christmas note in Polish to your loved one or simply enjoy reminiscing on the conversations you overheard growing up. Text and other materials will be announced during the first class.
Continuing Beginning German
with Ron Cosner, M.A.
Further study of dative case will continue, as well as further exploration of Emil, the graded reader, and learning from A1 segments of Deutsche Welle online.
with James Halteman, Ph.D.
This class explores the way our economic system produces and allocates resources by using practical examples from the real world. How do markets work and where do they fail? What role might the government play in these processes? How can we maintain trust in each other when markets are so impersonal? Is the gap between the rich and poor expanding and, if so, what should we do about it? Do we benefit from world trade? What moral and ethical principles apply in economic activity? What might the economic world look like in 50 years? No economic background is needed for this course. Participants need only have a curiosity about the many places where economics touches our lives.
Lighthouse Models: An Email Guided Independent Study
with Marie Blunt, M.Min.
This 6 week guided independent study class will not Zoom or meet in person but communicate via email and pdf documents written by the instructor. Students will learn about lighthouses and build 6 lighthouse models using cardstock, glue, and other materials generally found at home or available in craft stores for a nominal cost. Each weekly class will consist of three activities: 1) students constructing a lighthouse model; 2) students reading a short “Did You Know” Article about lighthouses; and 3) students responding via email to instructor posed questions about these activities. Upon enrollment the instructor will email each student a Welcome Letter with a detailed list of supplies required to complete the 6 models (materials supplied by student). Each Monday beginning 3/1/21 and ending 4/12/21 the instructor will email one lighthouse model kit to the student as a PDF attachment for the student to print. The instructor will be available via email to answer questions about that model. In addition, each Monday the instructor will pose a question related to the week’s “Did You Know” reading assignment. The “Did You Know” articles are short but each contains links for additional information. Students may explore as much or as little of the additional information as they wish. Models, reading assignments and the ensuing discussions should be completed by the end of the week and the cycle will begin again the following Monday with a new model and reading assignment. Students may study the material any time, but questions about the content will only be entertained by the instructor over the assigned week via email unless prior arrangements are made. Prerequisite: Participants must be able to open and print pdf documents independently. Instructor will not be available to help with technical or printer problems, only issues related to the class content.
with Ron Cosner, M.A.
After finishing reviewing time, further studies will include Genitive Case, more dative prepositions, and a review of past tense. In addition, Emil will conclude, and the graded reader will continue as well as online studies from A1 segments of Deutsche Welle.
Understanding Societal Conditioning
with Deborah Dwyer
Gain a greater understanding of the existing unconscious beliefs and patterns that have created the structures of racism in our society. Explore the historical roots that shape perceptions and lead us away from a true regard for ourselves and for all people. Increase awareness, effectiveness, and compassion to better play a part in a healing solution for our community.
Intermediate Chair Yoga and Strength
with Cathy Roe, certified instructor
This is a continuation of Chair Yoga and Strength, a class for anyone that has some chair yoga experience. We open with a flow movement sequence for 15 minutes. Then we go in to a 15 minute segment of light free weights, still sitting in the chair. We stand with the chair (to help us with balance) for the next 25 minutes, and do yoga poses as well as balance exercises. The last 5 minutes are sitting with easy stretches. Contact me through Forever Learning if you have no chair yoga experience and wish to join, I will send you a series of 4 free video classes to get you ready. Please note, this class will hold its last meeting the week of the Forever Learning Spring Break.
Un mélange français
with Jerry Gloster, M.A.
This weekly gathering of Francophiles will provide an opportunity for individuals with some basic French to work on their language skills in an informal setting. Past FLI students of French have coordinated a series of fun learning opportunities for participants from elementary through advanced levels. In-class practice in French conversation will use materials such as French short stories, videos, movies, news articles, poetry, songs, games, or grammar exercises as the focus for each two-week unit. Volunteer leaders will rotate over the course of the semester, so variety is guaranteed. For example, two weeks might be devoted to French folktales from “Contes et légendes du monde francophone” (Vary & Brouillet), another two weeks to grammar exercises in “Discovering French (Rouge)” (Valette & Valette), while another unit might use French literature selections from the “Easy French Reader” (de Roussy de Sales), and so on. No books need to be purchased; electronic scans of the necessary materials will be provided. Students may be asked to view videos or films online via YouTube or via Kanopy (which is available free to St. Joseph County Public Library cardholders).