Course title:
A Brief History of English from the Dark Ages to the Digital Age
Tutor:
Janet Wilson
Course ID:
C3533146
Start date:
02/02/2022
End date:
16/03/2022
Timetabled sessions
Date Times Hours
Wed 02 Feb 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 1.5
Wed 09 Feb 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 1.5
Wed 16 Feb 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 1.5
Wed 02 Mar 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 1.5
Wed 09 Mar 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 1.5
Wed 16 Mar 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 1.5
Total sessions: 6
Total number of classroom hours: 9
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 9
Date
Wed 02 Feb 2022
Times
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
1.5
Date
Wed 09 Feb 2022
Times
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
1.5
Date
Wed 16 Feb 2022
Times
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
1.5
Date
Wed 02 Mar 2022
Times
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
1.5
Date
Wed 09 Mar 2022
Times
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
1.5
Date
Wed 16 Mar 2022
Times
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
1.5
Total sessions:
6
Total number of classroom hours:
9
Independent online hours:
0
Total hours:
9
Venue:
Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
Is this course part of a programme of study?
No
Programme details
Programme title:
Programme aims:
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Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
Fee
£28.80 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
This course is for beginners
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
This course will be delivered online to access to the internet will be required.
Course aim:
To provide an introduction to the history and development of the English language.
Course description:
Over the past fifteen hundred years, the English language has evolved from being a group of dialects spoken on an island off the mainland of Europe, to being the most widespread language in the world, spoken by about two billion people across the globe. Yet how did this happen, and to what extent is the English spoken by people one and a half millennia ago the same English used by people across the world in the digital age? This short course will provide an overview of the development of the English language, exploring where the roots of English lie and travelling through each stage of the development of English from Old English, Middle English and on to Modern English. The course will be delivered over six weeks and will show that migration, invasion, colonisation and attempts to reform and standardise English have all influenced the language, and it will examine whether we should now think in terms of 'Englishes' rather than English.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Name the three main forms of English through time.
2. Define words such as 'creole' and 'pidgin'.
3. Name at least two literary sources that have influenced the vocabulary of English
4. Name at least one factor that led to the spread of English across the world.
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.

WEA Canvas online learning area

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WEA online sessions/ courses- Zoom

If your course is online, you will join a virtual classroom using a weblink: the WEA uses a video-conferencing tool called Zoom. To use Zoom you will need a Laptop, Computer, Tablet or Smart phone which has speakers, a microphone and a video camera. For some courses, to submit work, we advise you to use a laptop or computer. For more information on Canvas and Zoom please visit www.wea.org.uk/help

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Support

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What next?

Your tutor will talk with you about what you could do following this course.

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