Words and Stories

Ref: C3530401

This course engages a students with the wonderful world of words and stories. We use stories, poems, videos, IT, song and pictures as a basis for encouraging students to improve their basic reading and writing skills, with a view to gaining lifelong interest in reading and writing for pleasure. We also use games and activities to help recognise spelling patterns and tricky "sight words". Students weekly add to their own personal file of work and contribute towards creation of a group piece of work. Motivation and challenge will be levelled to match the needs of individuals. An interest in IT skills will be fostered alongside cross-curricular themes such as citizenship, equality, diversity, mutual respect, health and wellbeing, community engagement and culture.

Course aim

To inspire learners to enrich their lives through reading, film clips and internet research while boosting confidence and self-worth through discussion and interaction with a range of topics from health and self-esteem to topics of the day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • enjoy a range of stories, songs and poems and engage in group discussions
  • write poems , fact files and stories with appropriate level of support
  • use IT to access written texts and pictures and to type up own work
  • read and appreciate own and peers' writing. read and appreciate own and peers' writing
  • enjoy group word games and improve my spelling

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
  • 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
  • There is a definite emphasis on peer feedback as a motivating factor e.g. student work is displayed throughout the building to encourage praise and informal feedback

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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

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Words and Stories


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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