Using Language Effectively in Everyday Life

Ref: C2342739

This 7 week course is for anyone interested in language and how to use it more skilfully: effective communication with one another is vital for individuals, groups and societies to survive and thrive today. The course will introduce you to the fascinating social and psychological processes involved in human communication. We'll examine some common situations where communication is challenging, drawing on your own experience, and learn how difficulties can be overcome. You will become able to use the gift of language even more expertly and enjoyably, and pursue your personal interests in this marvellous faculty.

Course aim

This course will help you to appreciate how expertly you already use language, to understand the processes involved, and to communicate more effectively in a wide variety of situations

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • We will help you develop confidence in using some on-line learning materials and exercises, which will help you get as much as possible from the course, and add to your enjoyment.

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

  • Discuss how expertly I use language already
  • Explain the main processes involved in human communication
  • Describe and account for some common communication challenges, and explain one or more ways of overcoming these.
  • Use my own communication skills more extensively and enjoyably
  • Describe my main interests in language and communication and how I might pursue these

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • All classes will be face-to-face, but you'll also be asked to do some work between these, alone or with other students, using the WEAs digital learning platform (CANVAS).

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will be offered access to some of the course resources before the course begins, which will provide you with an introduction to the course.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Using Language Effectively in Everyday Life

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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