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Reading Paintings: Post Impressonists Part 1 - Online with Dr Allan Phillipson View details

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. From Cézanne to Matisse, this course explores the development of Post-Impressionism. Our main focus will be the life and career of Gauguin, assessing his friendship with Van Gogh, his experiments in Brittany, and his tragic end in the South Pacific. This case study includes W. Somerset Maugham’s fictional version of Gauguin in “The Moon and Sixpence”, memorably filmed with George Sanders.

Get Ready for English Level 1 (Non-accredited) View details

This course is for students who have already passed the Functional English Entry 3 exam. It will help to improve your spelling of less common words by using strategies you have learned before. You will write for different purposes, and identify and correct common spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors in a text. You will develop your listening skills to help you identify relevant information, and to respond appropriately in a discussion. You will explore reading strategies to get different kinds of information (main idea, details) from a variety of texts. Please note: Before you can join the course, you will need to attend an assessment session to make sure that this course is the right one for you.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 1 Writing View details

This course will bring together everything you have learned at Entry level, and enable you to write confidently in a wide range of everyday and formal situations. You will consider the use of sentence grammar and punctuation to ensure you communicate effectively and clearly. You will develop your planning skills to help you to write sequentially and coherently, and improve your reviewing skills so you can identify and correct a range of errors in a text.

Literature: The Bronte Sisters Part 1 - Online with Dr Greta Depledge View details

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. This course is the first of two courses being offered on the novels of the Bronte sisters. This course will look at novels that are perhaps less studied - Charlotte Bronte's Shirley and Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey. The course will consider the social, political and contextual backgrounds to the novels and look at the themes raised by both novelists in these works.

Introduction to BSL View details

In this fun and engaging course you will learn the basics of BSL; fingerspelling, numbers, facial expressions and gestures, vocabulary based on everyday situations and BSL structure. You’ll be given a variety of opportunities to practice your productive and receptive skills, including paired and group work, games and quizzes. Every week we will review and practice our previous signs and learn signs for a new topic. By the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use basic sign language, meet and greet other signers, exchange information through signed conversation and ask and answer questions on a variety of topics.

Introduction to Criminology View details

This Introduction to Criminology is open to beginners and designed as an introduction to the study of criminology and providing you with an effective experience in the field of criminological study. It will cover the initial stages of learning the disciplines of Criminology and its concepts, theories and perspectives. You will explore a variety of topics; in particular, to question things that might be taken for granted in relation to crime, the law, criminal justice, and what dangers people in society find most threatening. You'll explore the different understandings and ways of thinking about crime. This topic is relevant to a wide range of jobs in the public, voluntary and community sectors. For example, social welfare services, criminal justice services, community support services among others. The key skills you will develop are relevant to any job context.

Creative Writing: finding, forming and finishing Stories View details

Using the WEA's online learning platform Canvas and live-time online teaching sessions via Zoom, students will explore a range of creative writing exercises and activities. In a virtual setting, we will look at finding, forming and finishing stories - whether these are true-to-life, hopes, dreams or pure fictions. You will be encouraged to let your imaginations loose as we explore topics such as inspiration, POV, dialogue, narrative styles, editing and critiquing. Working to individual levels and interests, we will look at creating characters, developing plot and using different settings and styles to tell your stories.There will be a mix between creative writing exercises encouraging you to develop your own writing style, and workshops, where you will be supported to share and constructively critique writing produced by others. Everyone will be encouraged to share their writing but nobody will be expected to do so until they are ready. A relaxed, informal course for enjoyment.

Greek Tragedy View details

The tragedies of Classical Athens have resonated through the centuries. Who made the them? Why were they so important? What do they mean to us now? We will uncover the perennial lure of tragedy from its ancient origins to revivals on today’s stage. In the process we will discuss plays from the three playwrights whose work survives. The selection includes: Aeschylus’ Persians (a metaphysical history play which sympathises with a hostile army), Agamemnon (the king who was killed by his wife as soon as he returned from the Trojan War), and Prometheus Bound (the punishment of the rebellious titan); Sophocles’ Oedipus plays (the fate of the man who killed his father and married his mother), and Antigone (the great rebel against a tyrannical state); and Euripides’ Trojan Women (the appalling aftermath of the legendary war), Medea (the sorceress who helped Jason steal the golden fleece), and The Bacchae (a cautionary tale of the risks of denying the intoxications of the god Dionysus).

Ancient Greek View details

Have you ever wanted to read the earliest history, philosophy, drama or epic of Europe? Perhaps you would like to read the New Testament in its original language? If so, this course will start you on that journey. Ancient Greek was first written down in its current alphabet in the 8th century BC. It achieved immortality through the literature of Athens, the world's first democracy. After the conquests of Alexander the Great, Greek became the lingua franca of the whole of the eastern Mediterranean world, a status it retained once Alexander's empire was incorporated into the Roman Empire. One consequence of this was the use of Greek in the New Testament. Ancient Greek never died - it simply developed through the ages to become the language spoken in Greece today. Be warned - this course will not help you to have conversations on your Greek holidays (you need a course on modern Greek for that) but you will at least be able to read the station signs before your train has departed!

Crafts for Cash: How to use Etsy View details

Craft For Cash: How to use Etsy is the beginners course to the platform that is Etsy. We start at grassroots level and look at what can and cannot be sold on Etsy, how to list on Etsy, how to set up a shop and how to customise it to fit in with your brand image.