The Story of English Part Two: from 1066 to 1500

Ref: C3671091

What happened to the English Language when England was conquered by the Normans in 1066? Find out how we adopted thousands of French words as a result of the Conquest, changing the Anglo Saxon language dramatically. The Conquest also saw English go underground, as French and Latin were now the languages of learning and prestige. How then did English, despite this, rise up again to become the language of Shakespeare, and eventually the most dominant world language ever, post 1500?

Course aim

This course will look at how the English Language changed and developed in this period mainly as a result of the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Understand the impact of the Norman Invasion on the English Language
  • Appreciate the various ways in which language changes
  • Develop an deeper understanding of the nature of language itself
  • See links between English in this period and English now.
  • Be able to access some texts from this period with the help of a glossary etc

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

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

The Story of English Part Two: from 1066 to 1500 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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