Oral History taster

Ref: C3674348

We will use reminiscence approaches, to get to know each other better, to gain confidence in talking about our experiences and also to look at various examples of oral history work.

Course aim

This is a four week taster, intended to explore the interest of participants in developing a longer, oral history course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Talk to others in the group about aspects of my life.
  • Listen respectfully to others in the group
  • Be able to compare their experiences with others in the group
  • Be able to write a short piece, either on their own or with the help of someone else.

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
  • Students will be encouraged to bring items of interest for us all to talk about.

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
  • The group will be run on a very informal, collaborative basis. Everyone will be encouraged to have their say, both about themselves and about the other members.

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
  • Pat of the aim of running this as a taster is to assess the extent to which the students can work independently and, where appropriate, undertake some research at home.

What can I do next?

  • The hope is that this will develop into a longer oral history course, with a tangible 'product' at the end.

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Oral History taster


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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