Reading for Pleasure - Non-fiction

Ref: C3745114

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Students will read and discuss a variety of selected non-fiction and 'quick reads' including biography and journalism in a small group setting. They will be encouraged to express their opinions, likes and dislikes and reflect more widely on the topics raised in the reading materials. They will practise their reading skills while developing some understanding of the techniques used by writers. Students will broaden their vocabulary by exploring the meanings of unfamiliar vocabulary in a range of contexts. They will be given the opportunity to discuss the content, form and language used by different writers and discuss their effectiveness in engaging them as readers.

Course aim

To develop students' ability and motivation to read for pleasure by discussing of a range of non-fiction texts. To broaden students' reading and perspectives through exchange of information, ideas and opinions and explore unfamiliar vocabulary.

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
  • Intermediate level and an interest in reading

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

  • Read with accuracy and explore the main points, ideas and details in a range of non-fiction texts.
  • Compare the use of language and structure used to suit different audiences and purposes within texts including formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive.
  • Compare the presentation of themes and characters across two different writers.
  • Discuss the impact of different writers' techniques on the reader and share own preferences.
  • Review own choice of non-fiction text and present to the group.

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
  • The tutor will facilitate discussion with students encouraged to take the lead. Outside the class, students will be required to undertake some reading in between classes in preparation for discussion.

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.
  • 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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning. This may include discussion, question and answer, quizzes and small projects.

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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Book Club (fiction) and Creative Writing; ESOL or Functional Skills English

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Reading for Pleasure - Non-fiction

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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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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