Book Club – Modern Asian Literature

Ref: C2227911

Each week we will focus on a book by a modern female Asian or British author. Sharing your thoughts and opinions will spark our discussion. Then we can reflect on our own culture and experiences. Reading List Brick Lane - Monica Ali A Bangladeshi girl enters an arranged marriage with an older man & moves to the East End of London. She struggles in an alien world . The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri A son's search for identity, caught between two cultures; his Bengali roots andUSA. Happiness - Aminatta Forna London: A chance meeting of American Jean, studying urban foxes, & Attila, a Ghanian psychiatrist specialising in trauma. A search for a missing person draws them closer.  Home Fire - Kamila Shamsie A British/Pakistani family torn apart by conflicting loyalties. The Confessions of Frannie Langton - Sara Collins Frannie is on trial for murder. Brought as a slave from Jamaica to 19th century London as part of an experiment. Her story unfolds.

Course aim

Share your enjoyment of reading as we discuss prize winning books by modern Asian or British authors. Book club style - your opinions are welcome. We can comment on adaptations for stage and screen and listen to author interviews for context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • 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
  • To get the most out of our time please read the books beforehand, but if time doesn’t permit you are still welcome to join. You can read the text or listen to an audio recording.

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

  • Share my opinion about the book under discussion.
  • Reflect on and make comparisons with my own experience of life
  • Contribute a brief written response about one or more of the books.
  • Suggest other books in similar genre for further reading.
  • Listen to an author interview .

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:
  • 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

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Our style will be informal with guided discussion and supported by activities on our digital learning platform, Canvas.

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:
  • 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:
  • Access to the books : text or audio

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-reading is highly recommended. All books are available in paperback. Additional resources will be made available each week on Canvas.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Book Club – Modern Asian Literature


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