Ref: C2524780

By 1600, English was already a rich and complicated language formed from a chaotic fusion of Anglo-Saxon, Norman French, and Latin (mostly). But the story was far from over... From Cawdreys' Table Alphabetical to Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Commonwealth swearing laws to Benjamin Franklin's spelling reforms, the next 250 years were full of people trying to make sense of, and control, English. Yet it stubbornly refused to be contained. We'll follow the adventures of English in pioneer America, and investigate malapropisms, backslang, bowlderisation and the complex stories behind hundreds of everyday words. While this course follows on from a previous course on the earlier history of English, no background knowledge is required.

Course aim

To provide an overview of how the English language has grown and developed throughout history, focussing on the seventeeth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand some of the historical influences on the English language
  • Describe some of the key sources used in studying the English language
  • Appreciate how English developed differently in different places across the world

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • There is no set course material but suggestions of interesting websites or books will be made throughout the course should you wish to pursue them.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course information sheet


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

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing