Language in Everyday Life

Ref: C2339706

Most people use language expertly, with little conscious thought. How on earth do we do this? Awareness of the social, psychological and material basis of language can increase our enjoyment and understanding of it and make us still more effective. This day course will introduce topics such as the lexicon, conversation, politeness and power, language development, and language and culture.

Course aim

This day course will introduce students to various topics around language, encouraging them to pose questions and explain their specific interests in language and its uses.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Be more aware of my own expertise as a language user
  • Engage in (and observe) conversations with more enjoyment and expertise
  • Become a more critical consumer of spoken and written language
  • Be clearer about my own interests in language and how to pursue them

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Language in Everyday Life


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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