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Adult Courses

Life Skills, Hobbies, Country Pursuits and Sport

If you would like to take up a new hobby, learn a language, broaden your cultural horizons or improve your sporting skills, you need look no further than Summer School. We have plenty of old favourites and many new courses for 2018.

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La Vita Bella: Italian for Improvers

La Vita Bella: Italian for Improvers

COURSE No. 311

TUTOR: Alessandra Murgia

Progress your reading, speaking and listening skills and improve your confidence in Italian with 'La Vita Bella', our Italian for Improvers course. You will learn how to talk about families, professions and about physical and personality descriptions. You will be taught how to converse about daily routine and weather conditions. You will also practise the past tense when talking about holidays and...

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Improve Your Pronunciation

Improve Your Pronunciation

COURSE No. 312-314

TUTOR: Matt Gow

This is a new course designed for foreign students learning English who want to improve their pronunciation and overall communication skills quickly. You will begin by learning the phonetic chart and then move on to practise individual sounds, word stress and connected speech. You will be able to practise your pronunciation with a variety of fun and engaging activities and, by the...

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Refresh Your French

Refresh Your French

COURSE No. 315,316

TUTOR: Frederique Green

This course, delivered by a native speaker, is designed to build the confidence of students at an intermediate level. It is an interactive audio-visual course combining revision of the basics, exercises, conversation and cultural input. During the course, your tutor will take you from Paris to Nice using the French language and will focus on different aspects to develop your skills. ...

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Latin: Yesterday, Today and Forever

Latin: Yesterday, Today and Forever

COURSE No. 317

TUTOR: Gillian Hovell

Learn Latin through the words and phrases we use in English every day, mottoes and inscriptions and through the most famous quotations from Roman literature. You will be surprised at how many you already know. Find out just how much of your job or hobby is deeply dyed with the colour of Latin and by joining this course, add that colour,...

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Spanish for Beginners

Spanish for Beginners

COURSE No. 318,319

TUTOR: Maria Gonzalez Gomez

Hola! This Spanish course for beginners is designed to give you all the tools you need to start your love affair with the Spanish language and culture. Encompassing listening and conversational skills, as well as the key fundamentals of grammar, this course will give you a solid foundation upon which to build. Lessons are designed to be fun and interactive while instilling...

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Birdwatch

Birdwatch

COURSE No. 320

TUTOR: Robin Nelson

This course offers the chance to see a wide variety of birds in different habitats. The focus will be on developing identification skills and you will be encouraged to explore the College environs, which include a stretch of the River Kennet and two trout ponds with patches of reeds and willows. You will visit different sites each day in woodland, farmland and...

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Wild Medicine: Traditional Herbal Remedies from the Hedgerows

Wild Medicine: Traditional Herbal Remedies from the Hedgerows

COURSE No. 321

TUTOR: Fred Gillam

Our forebears knew how to make a surprising variety of simple medicines from the plants found in the hedgerows, woods and fields all around us. These were used to relieve a variety of common complaints. From coughs and colds, bruises and sprains, chilblains, insect bites and stings to joint aches and pains, there was usually, 'a herb for that'. Recipes were frequently...

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A Week of Foraging

A Week of Foraging

COURSE No. 322,323

TUTOR: Fred Gillam

During your week of foraging, the tutor will take you out into the ancient landscapes of Wiltshire. You will explore river valleys, woodland and open downland to find tasty items to include in your diet. You will learn to identify safely and gather edible plants, studying a little of their ecology along the way. The tutor will demonstrate how to make a...

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Understanding Ancient Trees

Understanding Ancient Trees

COURSE No. 324

TUTOR: Helen Leaf

Ancient trees are fascinating. Many of us know our oaks from our beeches and love to see old trees full of character. This course aims to develop your understanding of how trees live and grow. The tutor will combine indoor discussion time with excursions to visit some ancient and veteran trees. You will learn what trees do as they mature and...

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This Farming Life

This Farming Life

COURSE No. 325

TUTOR: Sid Vincent

This course provides a fascinating insight into agriculture in the Wiltshire countryside. Over the week, you will gain a greater understanding of farming life and aspects of animal husbandry, such as healthcare and management. You will enjoy hands-on experience with a range of livestock, including pigs, sheep, goats and cattle, ranging from organic, commercial and pedigree herds. In addition to introducing you...

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Getting into Nordic Walking

Getting into Nordic Walking

COURSE No. 326

TUTOR: Ashley Sandy

Nordic walking was developed in Finland in the 1930s as summer training for cross-country skiers. It is hugely popular in Europe and, over the last 10 years, has taken off in the UK. Nordic walking uses special lightweight poles to increase effort and is a low-impact, full-body workout that is gentle on the joints. Although you will work harder and burn more...

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An Introduction to Bee Keeping

An Introduction to Bee Keeping

COURSE No. 327,328

TUTOR: Fiona Robinson

This course is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience required to confidently start bee keeping. You will learn about the life cycle of the honey bee, the equipment involved with bee keeping, colony management, pests and diseases and swarm control, along with practical sessions that will cover how to safely handle honey bees and inspect hives. There...

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