Online Taster: Crossing Borders with Raymond Williams

Ref: C3530890

We will explore how the meaning of some words change as we cross borders in our lives. These borders may be social, educational, or cultural. Extracts (provided) from Raymond Williams’s novel ‘Border Country’ will be used as an illustration as well as examples from our own lives. Raymond Williams was a cultural theorist, novelist and WEA tutor. His analysis of those 'Key Words' that construct and mark changes in our culture, and frame our thinking will be explored further in a longer online course of which this session forms an introduction. This is where Psychology, Sociology, Politics and the study of language meet in our own lived experience.

Course aim

To introduce an online course 'Exploring Raymond Williams' Key Words' and open up a discussion regarding the way in which the meaning of language changes as we cross boundaries in life.

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
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is open to anyone to attend. Support will be available for using the online systems.

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

  • appreciate the way in which the meanings of common words can change as we cross regional, social and educational boundaries.
  • become aware of Raymond Williams novel 'Border Country' and get a flavour of his work on language, culture and society.
  • access supporting materials using Canvas to support independent learning.
  • take part in a live online discussion on this topic using Zoom
  • become more confident in using Zoom and Canvas to access adult education

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
  • We will use Zoom to facilitate a group discussion. Canvas will be used to provide supporting materials before, during and after the session.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • opportunities for self assessment will be provided and follow up options suggested.

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
  • Sources of further online information will be provided together with an electronic copy of the presentation used.

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
  • Copies of a couple of short extracts from Williams' novel will be provided (there is no requirement to read the whole book) and some other re-course resources available. Support will be available to help you access these.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Some information on a proposed 6 session online course exploring more of the work of Raymond Williams will be made available.

Download full course information sheet

Online Taster: Crossing Borders with Raymond Williams

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

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