Reading for Pleasure - International Folk Tales

Ref: C3745833

Students will read, listen to and tell a variety of selected fiction and discuss themes, characters and purpose of diverse folk stories. They will be encouraged to express their opinions and reflect more broadly on topics raised: the importance of morals and happy endings, for example. They will examine content, form and language used by different writers within the history of global storytelling, and consider how effectively traditional tales can engage adults and children and support literacy.

Course aim

This course will examine a range of diverse international folk stories within the context of the history of global storytelling. We will explore themes, characters and ideas and reflect on the importance of traditional stories in modern society.

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.
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • Those with an interest in international folk stories and parents and carers wishing to explore reading material to engage young readers.

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

  • Explore the tradition of storytelling worldwide and its changing form.
  • Read a range of selected international stories and explore their presentation of ideas, themes and characters.
  • Contribute to a debate on whether fairy tales do more harm than good.
  • Identify practical ways storytelling can be used to support the literacy development of early readers.

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
  • Zoom conferencing will be used to deliver tutor- and student-led activities as a class and in smaller breakout rooms. You will be required to read assigned texts and undertake other reading and tasks to support your learning.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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?

  • 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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What can I do next?

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Reading for Pleasure - International Folk Tales

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

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