Linguistics is Fun: Appreciating and Enjoying Language in Everyday Life

Ref: C2341733

Most people use language expertly, with little conscious thought. How on earth do we do this? This introduction to some of the fascinating insights of language science will help you understand more about human language, and use it even more skilfully. If you find you enjoy this, then the WEA 7 week course on Communication and Language in Everyday Life beginning on the 10th October will certainly appeal too.

Course aim

We will use some of the striking insights provided by modern language science to help students appreciate how expertly they already use language, to develop some new skills, and appreciate and enjoy how language is used for many different purposes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Give several examples illustrating how expertly I already use language in the course of my everyday life
  • Explain some of the social and psychological processes involved in everyday conversation
  • Explain some of the ways in which listeners/readers interpret the meaning of what is spoken or written using their knowledge of language and its social context
  • Identify the aspects of human language in which I am particularly interested

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
  • Resources will be made available for students to pursue their own interests in language and human communication after the day school has ended

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • The Day School will provide an excellent introduction to the 7-week WEA course being offered in Derby on Communication and Language in Everyday Life, beginning 10 October 2017

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Linguistics is Fun: Appreciating and Enjoying Language in Everyday Life

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  • 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

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