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Our languages and culture courses span the length and breadth of England and Scotland, with the option to study online or in person at a time that suits you. Whether you鈥檙e looking to learn a new language and immerse yourself in another country, or you simply wish to indulge in your love and fascination of film, we have the course for you. 

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Our creative writing courses will nourish your inner writer, providing you with a platform to develop your love of poetry, non-fiction or script development. If literature courses are more your kind of thing, then you鈥檙e in luck too, as there are a wide range of topics to choose from.  

Literary greats and great periods in history

Our language courses offer you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely new culture, developing your 台湾swag so that you can speak confidently in countries right across the world. German, Italian and Greek are just a few examples of the language courses we have to offer, with many others taking place throughout the year.  

As you鈥檇 expect, literary greats such as Agatha Christie and Shakespeare feature regularly. There鈥檚 also the option to examine other time periods in English literature too, helping you develop your critical reading and analysis 台湾swag - perfect whether you鈥檙e a beginner or more experienced in the subject.  

If you prefer history then you鈥檝e got a choice too, from courses on subjects you鈥檇 expect such as the first world war, or art history and studying the works of iconic painters such as Salvador Dali. 

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Whatever course you choose, you'll learn in a supportive environment where the class sizes are small, ensuring you get the attention you deserve, with an experienced and qualified tutor on-hand to guide you through your learning too.  

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Literature: Uncovering the World of Myth

In this 10-week, online course learners will read, explore and enjoy stories from an array of the great texts that belong to the mythic traditions of the Classical world and wider antiquity; you will consider the hold that mythology continues to have over the modern mind, thinking about how and why these works and stories still resonate today and have persisted for so long, as well as setting them against their own time and seeking to understand their original intent. In doing so we will think about genre, style and form, as well as considering authorship and culture through appraising the backgrounds and context of each text, and particular writers, whilst also looking into more modern art and culture that has been influenced by and reworked these myths, this will add crucial context but also dive into the modern reading of the texts and myths. All texts will be read in English translation in a supportive atmosphere and with a knowledgeable tutor

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Simon Haworth
Course code:
Q00013311
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢74.00

Music Appreciation: Introduction to Opera

Opera is often seen as an exotic and irrational art form, with some strange practices such as a woman playing the part of a man. By examining how opera has developed from its origins around 1600, this course explains how opera has responded to changes in society and the differing tastes of different countries in Europe. This course is for anyone whether you enjoy opera or are simply curios to know more.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 19/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Ambrose Allen Centre (Tadley)
2 Franklin Avenue
Tadley
RG26 4ET
Tutor:
Robin John
Course code:
Q00010144
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢25.20

Music Appreciation: Major and Minor Composers

In this course you will listen to, explore and enjoy a wide range of classical music from its earliest eras through to the present day by well-known and more marginal composers. In doing so you will engage with several individual works in different forms in each session thinking about the circumstances of and reasons behind their creation, and the particulars of the sonic landscape they offer through ideas such as genre, style, technique and arrangement, this will set the musical piece in context and also dive into the way the piece was constructed. To complement this we will also pay attention to the life and background of each different composer and how their approach to composition contributes to a distinctive oeuvre. You will also listen to examples of music from other genres such as jazz, film music, contemporary/neo/post-classical, ambient and electronic music.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
9:45am - 11:45am
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Simon Haworth
Course code:
Q00013312
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢74.00

Music Making: Improve your Piano/Keyboard 台湾swag: Advanced

Continue to develop your piano/keyboard 台湾swag as part of a supportive online group. This course covers a selection of more challenging piano pieces in a range of styles. Pieces will be learnt from sheet music, which can either be printed at home or accessed on your own digital tablet. Whilst learning the piano piece you will also study different performance directions. Please note: this is an advanced level course and participants must have experience of playing a piano or keyboard from sheet music in order to take part.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00014554
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢88.80

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12 months
Fee:
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Literature: 鈥楩air and Forthright鈥

In this course we consider a range of texts across the ages, and a range of authors who may surprise us. We will be studying visionaries, radicals, the outspoken and the contemplative. There will be true encounters with wild beasts described, battles of will, acts of daring and downright mischief. Questions will be asked about the societies forming the backdrop to these texts, and how the call for justice was vital to giving half of each population a voice. How do these writers make a case for justice? How do they present to us the potential in their characters and their confidence in themselves? The link between all these texts? - they were all written by women.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Newcastle Quaker Meeting House (Newcastl
West Avenue
Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 4ES
Tutor:
Clare Jackson
Course code:
Q00014743
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢84.00

Literature: Portraits of Society, 1954 鈥 1961 The Angry Decade?

We will discuss four novels, published between 1954 and 1961, and think about whether they have stood the test of time. Much of this period has been labelled as the decade of The Angry Young Men. We will be thinking about what that means, and whether any of these four novels belong in that grouping as we look, in detail, at The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins; Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis; The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark and A Severed Head, by Iris Murdoch. We will consider how these writers present society.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014010
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢59.20

Film & Media: Deciphering the news

People鈥檚 main source of news used to be newspapers. Then along came radio. Then television. Then even more television. Then social media 鈥 Facebook, Twitter (now known as X), Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube. Even if you don鈥檛 subscribe to any of these platforms, the noise they generate finds its way into the media you do consume. There is no escape. How do you make sense of it all? How do you sift truth from disinformation and misinformation? What鈥檚 in it for the people telling you the news? Come and join retired BBC Journalist Andrew Vincent for an exciting course full of debate! Set in a relaxed environment with others and led by Andrew who will ensure a fantastic experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St Mark's Methodist Church (Cheltenham)
Gloucester Road
Cheltenham
GL51 8PX
Tutor:
Andrew Vincent
Course code:
Q00014032
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢33.60

Music Appreciation: Through Drumming

This course will be delivered through a combination of hands-on drumming sessions, interactive workshops, guided listening sessions, cultural explorations, and performances. Participants will have access to a variety of drums and instruments for hands-on learning and practice. Learners will explore the rich diversity of musical traditions and cultures through drumming develop foundational rhythmic 台湾swag and techniques on various percussion instruments.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
The Eagle Building (Sunderland)
201 High Street East, Sunderla
Sunderland
SR1 2AX
Tutor:
Mark Barfoot
Course code:
Q00014530
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢92.40

Literature: Exploring Form in Poetry

Over the 10-week period, you鈥檒l pay close attention to 10 different poetic forms such as, including the nocturne, haibun, prose poem, villanelle, golden shovel, pantoum, epistle, elegy, acrostic, couplet, ekphrastic, through close readings of selected verses, you鈥檒l explore formal context and development in relation to your own work. You鈥檒l also participate in lively discussions regarding formal aspects and question the use of techniques and experimentation. Prompts will be provided to support you with drafting your formal piece and you鈥檒l be encouraged to continue your work at home in between sessions. Openness is encouraged but you won鈥檛 be asked to share more than you are comfortable with. Connect to and support a writing community.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ione Harris
Course code:
Q00009882
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢74.00

Literature: Portraits of Society, 1954 鈥 1961 The Angry Decade?

We will discuss four novels, published between 1954 and 1961, and think about whether they have stood the test of time. Much of this period has been labelled as the decade of The Angry Young Men. We will be thinking about what that means, and whether any of these four novels belong in that grouping as we look, in detail, at The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins; Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis; The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark and A Severed Head, by Iris Murdoch. We will consider how these writers present society.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Humphris
Course code:
Q00014011
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢59.20