'The Tortilla Curtain' - Mexican Immigration to the US

Ref: C3126960

With 'Trump's wall' in the news, it is time to consider the experiences of Mexican immigrants and those of US Nationals concerning this border. This class will take the form of a guided and facilitated reading group. We will discuss these issues as introduced and imagined in T.C. Boyle's novel: The Tortilla Curtain.

Course aim

To discuss the history and current status of the border between the US and Mexico illuminated through the reading of T. C. Boyle 's novel: The Tortilla Curtain

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Ideally students will have purchased and have read The Tortilla Curtain prior to the start of the course.

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

  • To understand how and why Mexicans migrate to the U.S.A and contexts for contemporary controversy, including racism.
  • To understand the legacy of The American Dream and the perspective of White Americans in California
  • To learn about features of Environmental destruction as represented in The Tortilla Curtain
  • Participate in informed discussion with the group
  • To gain skills in critical reading of a literary text

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?

  • 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?

  • You must purchase, and read, and bring to class T. C. Boyle's 1995 novel The Tortilla Curtain

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will need to purchase, and read, and bring to class a copy of T. C. Boyle's 1995 novel The Tortilla Curtain

What can I do next?

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

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'The Tortilla Curtain' - Mexican Immigration to the US

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

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