The Tempest: A Study of Shakespeare's Play

Ref: C3670924

The tutor will provide an annotated text of the play and students will be expected to read at home, prior to the class, the passages to be discussed in the following class. We will watch various interpretations on DVD and discuss those interpretations. The tutor will ask volunteers to offer presentations on the background to the play.

Course aim

To study Shakespeare's play "The Tempest", to discuss differing interpretations on DVD and to discuss the relationship, if any, between the play and events in Shakespeare's life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify which of the interpretations of the play you prefer and explain why.
  • Decide how far Shakespeare's biography is relevant to a study of the play.
  • Give my own account of what the themes of the play are.
  • Analyse the play in terms of character, plot, language and theme.

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
  • On a strictly voluntary basis, students will be invited to offer presentations on the background to the play.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

The Tempest: A Study of Shakespeare's Play 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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