The Spoken Word

Ref: C3529223

This day-course aims to explore the lost art of reading aloud. We will investigate the history of reading out loud, both at home and on the stage. Along the way, we will also pick up a few tips from the greats - including Dickens. There will be plenty of time to practise a few specific readings of our own, building in some key performance techniques as we go. Once experienced, the need to be read to never leaves us. Join us for this celebration of recitation!

Course aim

This course aims to investigate and practice the lost art of reading aloud. After looking at a range of performance techniques, learners will explore various ways to prepare - and improve - their own skills of recitation.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explain something of the history - and the value - of recitation.
  • Practice a range of vocal techniques.
  • Prepare and annotate a specific reading for recitation.
  • Explore the use of gesture and movement in recitation.
  • Perform a reading in front of an audience.

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
  • 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
  • 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?

  • Try and bring with you two or three short pieces of your own writing to the class.

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full Course information sheet

The Spoken Word


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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing