Live Online Learing -Literature: 20th Century American Short Stories

Ref: C2525920

This course is currently full.
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The course is for anyone who enjoys reading and analysing literature and discussing their thoughts with other people. The stories we will examine are William Faulkner's ‘Barn Burning’ (1939), Eudora Welty's ‘Why I live at the P.O.’ (1941), Ray Bradbury's ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ (1950), Joyce Carol Oates' 'Where are you going and where have you been?' (1966), Saul Bellow's 'The Silver Dish' (1978). and Toni Morrison ‘Recitatif (1983). Alongside these, we will explore 'place', society, politics, culture, etc that helped shape the stories and America itself over the 20th century.

Course aim

The course is an introduction to American short stories written during the twentieth century.

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
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course is for anyone who enjoys reading and analysing literature and discussing their thoughts with other people.

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

  • Confidently discuss the American short story.
  • Confidently discuss the representation of America and the American people
  • Confidently discuss how cultural, social and/or political influences are depicted in the stories.

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
  • 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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will need to read the story before each session. A range of resources will be placed on Canvas for you to increase your knowledge of the short story as a form, the writer culture and politics in the US.

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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • 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
  • The tutor will provide a link to a pdf or online site so that you can download the short story.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The resources for each session will be released one week in advance to help you prepare for the session.

What can I do next?

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Live Online Learing -Literature: 20th Century American Short Stories

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This course is currently full.
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Waiting List Conditions

This course is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 student privacy notice

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