Poetry for Pleasure

Ref: C2226754

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. We will read a variety of short poems by British poets. Many will be funny and some will make you think. We will read and discuss them in class and give our thoughts and opinions. We will write short poems in response, using similar styles, and learn about other ways to write poetry.

Course aim

This course will enable you to enjoy reading and writing short poems.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students should be able to show some skills entry 1 and above.

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

  • read a variety of short poems by British poets.
  • discuss them in class and give my opinions.
  • write a short poem in a similar style
  • learn about other ways to make poems
  • read or listen to poems produced by other students and discuss them.

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 want to do some homework outside the class to help with your learning but it is not essential.

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
  • The tutor will talk with you about your work. There is no formal assessment. The tutor will talk to you about other follow-up courses.

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.)
  • Please bring some paper and a pen/pencil to every lesson. It is useful to have a folder to put your work in. You can bring your own dictionary, but there will be some in class . The tutor will tell you about other books or websites that will help if you want to study more at home.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Reading simple books for pleasure or information will help you.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Your tutor will talk to you about what you want to do next at the end of the course. Many students want to continue learning after the class, either with WEA or at other colleges.

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Poetry for Pleasure

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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