ESOL – IELTS Test Preparation Alexandra

IELTS Test Preparation


Date:   Mondays starting 11 June – 9th July - 5 weeks
Time:   6.30 – 8.30pm
Tutor:  Kelly Radka
Cost:    Free to residents, non-residents $10 per session ($50 for 5 weeks)
Venue: C O REAP, 14 Centennial Ave, Alexandra


Course Content

  1. Complete a variety of speaking, listening, reading & writing tasks to help prepare for the IELTS examination
  2. Receive feedback on English listening, speaking, reading and writing from tutor and peers
  3. Make new friends, find study partners
  4. Have a chance to complete a practice exam


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U3A Cromwell – Climate Change in Central Otago

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Venue: Cromwell Town & Country Club, Melmore Terrace, Cromwell
Cost: $5
Time: 10am – 12pm
Speaker: Greg Bodeker


Greg Bodeker is the owner and director of Bodeker Scientific, a small research company operating from Alexandra. Bodeker Scientific conducts fundamental research into atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, and climate change. Greg is also the owner and director of Kentron, a company that assists other companies in the commercialization of new ideas. Greg has a PhD in Physics from the University of Natal in South Africa, and worked for the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) for a little over 15 years before leaving in 2009 to start Bodeker Scientific. Greg is the founder of the New Zealand Centre for Space Science Technology and is an adjunct professor at Victoria University.

This talk will start by providing a general context for why the Earth’s climate is changing. The Paris Agreement, that New Zealand has signed up to, aims to limit global
mean surface temperature rise to well below 2oC above preindustrial levels and to make efforts to limit this to 1.5oC. Greg will give an overview of what needs to be done both nationally and internationally to achieve that target. The talk will then go on to focus on expected changes in climate over Central Otago. A focus of the talk will be to address any questions that the audience may have about climate change.

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ESOL – English for speakers of other languages

Beginner English Conversation


Date:   Thursdays starting 3rd May – 5th July (it has started but you can still join in)
Time:   12.30 – 2.30pm
Tutor:  Kelly Radka
Cost:    Free to residents, non-residents $100 for 10 weeks
Venue: C O REAP, 14 Centennial Ave, Alexandra





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U3A Alexandra – Perspectives of Writing

Venue:       CENTRAL OTAGO REAP, 14-20 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra

Cost:           $5 per session

Dates:        Friday 8, 15, 22 & 29 June 2018

Time:         10.00am – 12.00pm



Session 1 – Friday 8 June

Speaker: Jim Sullivan

Talking & Writing

Jim Sullivan recently retired to Central Otago after a working life of more than 50 years in broadcasting in various parts of New Zealand and overseas. He has also been manager of the Oral History Centre at the Alexander Turnbull Library and Chief Archivist for Radio New Zealand. He is the author of about 30 books, mainly to do with New Zealand history, and writes a weekly lightly-satirical column for the Otago Daily Times called “Nothing Too Serious”.

Jim will ponder aloud on the business of writing and its pleasures and frustrations. His experiences will cover compiling books based on oral history projects, researching and writing commissioned histories, writing local history and cobbling together the stuff he enjoys most, columns which are hopefully humorous!


Session 2 – Friday 15 June

Speaker: Alan Pickard

Dunedin and Central Otago Telegraph Lines: 1862 to 1880

Alan grew up in Dunedin becoming an electrician while working for ten years for the Dunedin City Council Electricity Department. He then lived in British Columbia, Canada, for 35 years. Since moving to Omakau in 2005, Alan has been looking into the history of the early telegraph lines in Otago.

Alan will talk about the following during this session:

(i)   The telegraph line from Dunedin to Port Chalmers in 1862.

(ii)  The telegraph lines north and south of Dunedin 1864.

(iii) The telegraph lines from Milton to Clyde 1865, and on to Queenstown 1867.

(iv)  Telegraph line from Palmerston to Naseby 1871, and on to Clyde 1874.


Session 3 – Friday 22 June

Speaker: John Lapsley

Newspaper Columnists – an entertaining look at the history, skills and foibles, of these popular 800 word essayists

John Lapsley’s widely read Wit’s End  column is in its 7th year with the Otago Daily Times. It is his fifth newspaper column – he’s been The Australian’s daily columnist, and written it’s memorable Martin Collins page. He’s was a weekly Sunday columnist for Sydney’s Sun Herald when it had over a million readers a week, and has written for other magazines and newspapers. John has also been a successful business entrepreneur.


Print circulations may ebb, but newspapers remain mass market juggernauts whose readership size makes their columnists our most widely read writers. Top columnists have prime position on the Opinion pages – and are very influential. The columnist is descended from the 19th century essayist. We’ll look at the history of column writing, and consider the most popular breeds of columns – which run from political and social commentary, to humour, finance, and agony aunts. What makes a good columnist – and what goes into writing 800 words which regularly hit the mark.


Session 4 – Friday 29 June

Speaker: John Hale

Writing Wordways

John writes his column on language matters, Wordways, every Thursday for the Diversions page of the Otago Daily Times. He looks at how words make sense or do not; the ways in which we use them, invent them, or misuse them; the ways of NZ English; and how the best users of English give words permanence. His daytime job, since retiring from teaching in the University of Otago Department of English, is continuing research into the writings of John Milton: six books to date.


This talk will examine the large questions which underlie the short weekly entertainments. These questions include: How did Language begin? What languages does English connect with? How has English changed? How do children learn to speak? Good and bad English. Written and spoken English.

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