Immigrants in Literature

Ref: C2227551

Immigrants bring far more than their baggage to their new homes. Together we will explore the experiences and contributions of immigrants to their new home countries. We will study, compare and contrast both the style and content of their writing in order to develop an appreciation of the range and depth of experience and feeling expressed in the works studied.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed Half Term 26/10/20

Course aim

This course aims to introduce learners to a range of literature - poetry and prose by and about immigrants to the UK and USA and to enable learners to analyze and reflect upon the immigrant experience and that of the host country’s citizens.

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 suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify and understand the works of immigrant writers studied during the course;
  • Reflect on your own personal experience either as an immigrant, child or descendant of immigrants or a citizen of the UK over many generations.
  • Differentiate between the perspectives of immigrants and natives of the host country they come to;
  • Appreciate and reflect upon the issues that immigrants have to deal with in coming to a new country;
  • You will recognize your increasing confidence and competence in analyzing and reflecting on the works of immigrant authors.

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
  • The course will consist of brief presentations by the teacher followed by discussion and analysis. There may also be some video or audio presentations. Contributions from class members will be encouraged and welcomed.

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.
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be welcome to communicate with the tutor between class sessions.

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
  • You may wish to get a copy of Mr. Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons from the library or to purchase it either as hard copy or audiobook.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • You may wish to begin reading the one novel we will be discussing - Mr. Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Learners who complete this course will be able to select and analyze literature, both poetry and prose; they may choose to do further independent reading or become involved with a multi-cultural group that can study together.

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Immigrants in Literature

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • 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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