Literature: Chekov's Short Novels

Ref: C2419140

This course will focus on a new translation of Chekov's extraordinary longer short stories. We will analyse each of the five short stories, and discuss their significance and impact on writers such as Woolf and Joyce. The course will be taught in an open and democratic way and will encourage all students to participate and share ideas.

Course aim

This course will focus on a new translation of Chekov's extraordinary longer short stories. We will analyse each of the five short stories, and discuss their significance and impact.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • All that is required is enthusiasm and a love of literature. No specific background knowledge is necessary.

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

  • To better understand and appreciate the significance of longer Chekov's short stories
  • To discuss in small groups and report back to the class
  • To listen and appreciate other points of view
  • To analyse specific passages in detail
  • To enjoy wonderful literature and being part of a friendly and welcoming group

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Teaching methods will include readings and class discussions, PowerPoint lectures, open and directed questions, group work and presentations.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • The required text is the new Everyman edition : Anton Chekhov The Complete Short Novels - translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Apart from this all other materials and hand-outs will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Literature: Chekov's Short Novels Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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