Course title:
Chaucer's Pilgrims
Timothy Rupp
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Mon 04 Apr 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 2
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 2
Mon 04 Apr 2022
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
£10.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
As this is an online course, you will need a computer of similar device with a suitable internet connection and access to a webcam or appropriate digital camera.
Course aim:
to recognise the people and places that existed in the world of Geoffrey Chaucer and to examine how this world affected the characters and settings Chaucer used in The Canterbury Tales.
Course description:
Geoffrey Chaucer is one of the most famous writers in English Literature and his books, including The Canterbury Tales, are still read, studied and discussed in schools, universities and other locations throughout the world. But what would it have been like to live in the time of Geoffrey Chaucer? How much do the characters, settings and description of every-day life reflect the truth of life in Medieval times? During this course I will briefly introduce the different characters and their stories, but I will also look at how far these characters were true representations of people in the world at the time. Together, we will look at Medieval Society and how the different people who existed at the time lived their lives. Join me as we uncover the truth about life in Medieval England and see whether the stories created by Chaucer really reflect the world in which he lived.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. recall the characters from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and remember the stories associated with each of them.
2. recognise similarities between the fictitious characters in Chaucer's stories and with people who really existed at the time of Chaucer.
3. investigate how real life in Chaucer's England was different from the images created from reading The Canterbury Tales and recognise where those differences are seen.
4. look at evidence about life in Medieval Times from a range of sources and compare the picture of Medieval Life that is shown with the picture created by Chaucer's stories.
5. draw my own conclusions about how well Chaucer's description of the characters in The Canterbury Tales matched the evidence about people's lives taken from other sources.
How will I learn?

We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required learning activities on your own.

The WEA tutor will use a range of teaching and learning activities and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. Your tutor will use tasks to see how you are learning, which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects, discussion, written or practical work. Your tutor will give you feedback on your learning and progress.

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