Reading Group

Ref: C3669814

For people who wish to rediscover their pleasure of reading (and being read to), in a relaxed and supportive environment. Each week we will read short stories then talk about how we feel about the topics covered.

Course aim

Develop and use reading and listening skills to improve and maintain wellbeing and social skills.

Who is the course for?

Everyone who has the ability to read or listen to and respond to short stories.

What topics will this course cover

The texts and themes can be negotiated within the group but may include a variety such as: Historical Thriller Comedy Emerging writers Social commentary Multicultural Autobiographical Local authors

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Feel more relaxed in a group setting. Engage with active listening to others opinions. Give feedback upon stories to the group. Discover new writers and topics Explore the meanings within texts and discuss these in class Use an ipad to read a story

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will be given verbal feedback Students will be asked to self reflect Observations will be noted in ILP's

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Nothing but suggestions for stories or poems are most welcome

Reading and information sources

No All resources will be provided

What could the course lead to?

Enrolment with book clubs in the wider community. Learners may wish to embark on a creative writing course to produce their own short stories. Students may become volunteers for the WEA or the Exchange College.

Download full course outline

Reading Group Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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