Day School: Beowulf in Context

Ref: C2226837

We will spend the day exploring the rich language, complex characters and intriguing themes of this epic poem through discussion of the plot and close readings of extracts. We will also consider the historical context in which the poem was written by placing it in dialogue with other texts, images and artefacts. You don't need to have any prior knowledge of Old English literature or language and all extracts from the poem will be provided in modern English translation.

Additional information about this course

Session ends at 4pm as 1 hour lunch break is included

Course aim

Explore one of the most fascinating works of Old English literature in its historical, archaeological, literary and cultural contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • summarise the plot of the poem and describe one or two significant features of the main characters.
  • analyse a short passage of the poem (in modern English translation).
  • demonstrate an increased awareness of the historical context in which the poem was written.

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
  • There will be illustrated presentations throughout the day accompanied by handouts for you to annotate and keep. The presentations will be accompanied by whole group and small group discussions.

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • The tutor will provide handouts with extracts from the poem plus other sources. You are welcome, if you wish, to read the poem in advance and bring a copy with you on the day but this is optional. You may find it useful to bring a pen or pencil to annotate the handouts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You are welcome, if you wish, to read the poem in advance and bring a copy with you on the day but this is optional.

What can I do next?

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

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Day School: Beowulf in Context

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 2019
  • 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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