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Language courses: we teach a range of classical and modern foreign languages in many of our regions – designed to suit your needs. Writing courses: our creative writing classes are for everyone. Our brilliant tutors will support and encourage you, and you will learn from the rest of your group as well as developing your ideas, writing skills and knowledge and understanding about steps towards becoming a published author. Whether you have a story to tell already or have always loved words or poetry, our writing classes will be crafted around your interests.

Academic Artistry: How to Write Essays View details

The task of writing academic essays for college or university can often feel like being asked to speak a foreign language. ‘Mature’ or ‘returning’ students especially feel at a disadvantage. For whatever reason, if you’re fed up with word counts, referencing schemes, and plaigurism scores, just remember that we’ve all been there! Together we will look at various essay types to observe common criteria that assessors follow in grading work in the hopes of gaining high marks. We will examine and practice language and formatting, how to structure an argument backed up with paraphrased and quoted evidence, and consider the benefit of creative writing techniques to add persuasive voice. We will also discuss research methods, direct tips from assessors, and how to start tackling a question. This short course will feature lecture, discussion, excerpts, and exercises to get us forming a fluent, effective, and valid argument!

Advanced Creative Writing View details

Having had some experience of writing, however minimal, this course aims to enhance the skills you've learned, putting into practice expressive and technical skills in creative writing within a supportive environment. You'll be taught by a very experienced tutor and published writer who is also a lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA. Our online sessions include writing exercises, the sharing of work with critical feedback and discussion of both published and student texts. Writing-at-home tasks are also offered to develop skills further. We'll look at ways to enhance elements employed such as 'show don't tell', different points of view/voice, character development, form and structure in both prose and poetry...You will feel more confident in both writing and editing by the end of the course! You do NOT have to be an experienced writer but you are encouraged to be willing to try new things, to read others' work and to participate in our supportive online sessions.

Advanced French View details

To feel more comfortable using a range of tenses and a variety of registers in communicating. Consolidate your knowledge with the use of authentic materials and your accuracy in pronunciation in a relaxed atmosphere. Develop an understanding of idiomatic expressions from France and French speaking countries. Most of the course will be in French but some explanations will be done in English. Topics to be covered will be discussed at the first session.

Advanced Latin for Pleasure View details

Come and translate Latin in a friendly, supportive and stimulating group. We shall read a mixture of prose and verse texts. All students will have plenty of opportunities to translate, discuss and benefit from the wide range of insights provided by all the members of the class. Wherever possible we will consider the impact of Latin literature on modern European society and culture and its links to modern debates. Discussions are also intended to enable students to gain more from their own visits to museums and classical sites. Students will be invited to prepare some translation at home as well as translating unseen in class but the atmosphere is always relaxed and students can set their own pace for independent work. This course is for anyone who is reasonably confident with Latin and who wishes to gain first-hand experience of some of Europe's finest literature and its continued fascination for people today.

An Explosion of Words: Writing Action View details

Action is a key element to storytelling, even in the most mundane and everyday of setups. Alas, it is common for writers to feel unsure on how to effectively portray and utilise action. In this short course we will discuss and define the topic, explore examples, and practice using two possible creative writing techniques and a number of literary devices. We will also consider other topics of note including fight scenes, technical terms, using the environment, and how to increase immersion and raise the stakes by addressing the consequences and development of situations. This course will feature lecture, discussion, excerpts, and a variety of exercises to help give your stories that extra kick!

Ancient Egypt: Hieroglyphs for Absolute Beginners View details

Since the decipherment of Hieroglyphs in 1822 the discipline of Egyptology has been transformed, we can read papyri, stela, tomb and temple walls and build a real understanding of Pharaonic Egypt. This course aimed at absolute beginners will introduce Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs from first concepts, discussing core concepts and presenting common signs, and supporting the reading of key pieces of information from ancient sources such as kings and gods names. The course will focus on the material from Chapters 1 and 2 of 'How to read Egyptian Hieroglyphs' by Collier and Manley.

Ancient Egypt: Hieroglyphs for False Beginners View details

This is a hieroglyphs and Middle Egyptian course for those with basic-level prior knowledge whether recent or some time ago. The course will consolidate and advance previous elementary study of the language with a combined focus on characters, grammar and short texts. After a review of previous material studied we will read a selection of short extracts of funerary texts centered around the offering formula and additional tomb scenes, broadly covering the material in chapters 2-3 of Collier and Manley "How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs". This is designed as a direct follow-on to 'Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Absolute Beginners' but others with a similar basic-level knowledge are welcome to join.

Ancient Greek View details

Have you ever wanted to read the earliest history, philosophy, drama or epic of Europe? Perhaps you would like to read the New Testament in its original language? If so, this course will start you on that journey. Ancient Greek was first written down in its current alphabet in the 8th century BC. It achieved immortality through the literature of Athens, the world's first democracy. After the conquests of Alexander the Great, Greek became the lingua franca of the whole of the eastern Mediterranean world, a status it retained once Alexander's empire was incorporated into the Roman Empire. One consequence of this was the use of Greek in the New Testament. Ancient Greek never died - it simply developed through the ages to become the language spoken in Greece today. Be warned - this course will not help you to have conversations on your Greek holidays (you need a course on modern Greek for that) but you will at least be able to read the station signs before your train has departed!

Arabic for Beginners View details

This is a short complete beginners’ course designed to help you develop some basic speaking and listening skills in Arabic and gain an insight into the Arabic lifestyle and culture. In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, you will be introduced to some basic everyday language and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice key words and phrases in a fun and enjoyable way through a variety of activities, including role plays and games.

Arabic for Beginners View details

This is a short complete beginners’ course designed to help you develop some basic speaking and listening skills in Arabic and gain an insight into the Arabic lifestyle and culture. In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, you will be introduced to some basic everyday language and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice key words and phrases in a fun and enjoyable way through a variety of activities, including role plays and games.