The Diversity of English Through Seven Lenses

Ref: C2423004

This course examines different stories behind the creation of English words through seven lenses: the Anglo-Saxons; the Vikings; Biblical English; English bards; Naval slang; Pronunciation, accent and dialect; and Global English. The English language is growing apace: every year English speakers are adding at least 1,000 new words to the million or so words we already have. The use of these lenses aims to help us increase our vocabulary and understanding. Is the English language a rare bloom that has become a lingua franca; or an invasive weed encroaching on other languages? This is an online course which uses Zoom video conferencing software. You can access resources and connect to the Zoom sessions via Canvas, the WEA’s virtual learning environment.

Course aim

To explore the diversity, origins and history of English words through seven lenses: the Anglo-Saxons; the Vikings; Biblical language; the Bards of England; Naval slang; Pronunciation, dialect and accent; and World English.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explore English through seven different historical lenses;
  • Identify meanings and origins of words and phrases;
  • Examine a timeline of language development;
  • Identify the life stories of some individual words from different periods.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

It will be easier for you to use both Zoom (a live video learning platform) and Canvas (where materials, quizzes and resources can be accessed) together during sessions if you have access to a laptop, PC or tablet. You will need to be able to take notes, watch videos and download documents.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Diversity of English Through Seven Lenses

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This course is only available as part of this programme.

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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