Reading for Pleasure - non-fiction

Ref: C3745188

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 broadly on the topics raised in the reading material. They will be given the opportunity to explore the content, form and language used by the different writers and consider their effectiveness in engaging them as readers.

Course aim

This course aims to develop learners' ability and motivation to read for pleasure by examining a range of non-fiction texts. It will support wider reading and broaden perspectives through discussion,sharing ideas and reflecting on the texts explored.

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:
  • This course is for an Intermediate level of English 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 writer's 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 tutor will facilitate discussion amongst the group with students encouraged to take the lead. Outside of the classroom, students will be required to undertake some reading in between classes in preparation for discussion.

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?

  • 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:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Book Club (fiction) and creative writing ESOL or Functional Skills English

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Reading for Pleasure - non-fiction

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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