Ancient Egypt

Ref: C3741317

We shall discuss variety of literary compositions such as stories (story of Sinuhe; the story of Two Brothers, etc), administrative and legal documents as well as personal notes people sent to each other. It is through the texts that ancient Egyptians talk to us.

Course aim

The course will include literary writings of the ancient Egyptians, official and private correspondence, and inscriptions written on temples, tombs and coffins. We will discuss the development of the ancient Egyptian language through the ages.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Students will be able to read a story in English translation.
  • Students will be able to list some of the ancient Egyptian tales.
  • Students will be able to describe the basic structure of ancient Egyptian language.
  • Students will be able to recognise royal names.
  • Students will be able to recognise the Book of the Dead.

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
  • The students are expected to be able to use the internet looking for given topics, texts etc. Small amount of homework is given most weeks which encourages learning and experience in website quality.

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?

  • 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.)
  • Pen and paper; books on the topics discussed.

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?

  • Students are encouraged to enroll for next year's Egyptological course.

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Conditions

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
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