The Story of English Part Three - 1500 - 1650

Ref: C2342185

Join us on an exciting journey as we discover what happened to the English Language between 1500 and 1650. Learn how and why thousands of new words entered English, and the importance of Shakespeare and other writers in this period. This is the third part of a series of courses on the history of English, but you do not need to have studied parts 1 and 2 to enjoy or benefit from this course. All welcome, whatever your background knowledge.

Course aim

To understand how the English Language changed and developed from 1500 to 1650.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explore the processes underlying how and why language changes.
  • Discuss how language changes in this period 1500 to 1650 in the context of social, political and economic factors.
  • Investigate extracts of language from this period e.g. Shakespeare and other writers and texts.
  • Explain the differences of language itself and how it is studied (Linguistics).
  • Relate language in this period to the language we have today and see language change on a never ending continuum.

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

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?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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The Story of English Part Three - 1500 - 1650


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