Learning together about life in the UK today

Ref: C2340629

Were you born outside the UK? Would you like to understand a bit more about the UK? Would you like to share your experience of living and working in the UK with other people who have come to live and work here? What is "united" about the United Kingdom? Why is it a Kingdom? If you would like to get below the surface of the UK, and to understand modern Britain a bit more, this is the course for you. There are big questions being raised in Britain at present about national identity, the relationship with Europe and the World; immigration and migration; multiculturalism and the future of British society. These affect all of us living in the UK. In this course we will step back from the heat of current argument, and study how modern Britain came into being, and the impact of history on the present.

Course aim

To provide an overview of present day life in the UK for people who were not born in the UK. We will look at a brief history of the countries making up the United Kingdom and its current cultural, political and social issues.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers
  • You will need to have an ability and willingness to have a conversation in English even if your grammar and vocabulary is limited.

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

  • Improve my understanding of the history and origins of the United Kingdom
  • Improve my understanding of and ability to discuss the background to some of the current issues in British society
  • Improve my English vocabulary to enable me to participate more in British politics and culture.
  • Share my own experience and ideas about the UK with others.

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 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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • 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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Learning together about life in the UK today

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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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