Discipline no problem in this class of seniors

WORD PERFECT: U3A tutor Ann Coburn searches for mistakes in her new grammar class.
WORD PERFECT: U3A tutor Ann Coburn searches for mistakes in her new grammar class. Rob Williams

FORMER teacher Ann Coburn doesn't have a problem keeping her students under control in grammar classes.

Students at The University of the Third Age (U3A) Ipswich are nearly all in their 60s and 70s.

"Older people's minds are so active - I was amazed at how bright and alive they were," Ms Coburn said.

"The wonderful thing is, teaching older people, you have no discipline problems.

"I enjoyed it so much after about 40 years of teaching teenagers."

Ms Coburn has written a new course for this year, The Grammar Police.

"I'm in the writing group and I did a basic grammar course with U3A," she said.

"Grammar Police is a step up from there. We're going to look at mistakes in grammar.

"Students will get an expanded vocabulary and an activation of the mind.

"There's a social factor too. We'll talk, laugh and have fun."

Start-up day for U3A will be on January 31 from 10am in the auditorium at the Humanities Building, South St.

Classes include languages, philosophy, craft, creative writing, biology, art and circle dancing.

On sign-up day, the performance group will entertain and tutors will talk about their classes.

Free lunch will be provided. U3A Ipswich and West Moreton is open to anyone over 18 years of age.

Publicity officer Shirley Ferrier said U3A welcomed active members who wanted to learn for the sheer pleasure of improving themselves and their knowledge of the world around them.

"We have no exams and no certificates, as we are not about getting a job. We are about making the most of ourselves," she said.

"We advocate 'learning for pleasure'."

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