Course overview

This course is for anyone with an interest in history and the English Language. It will introduce you to four historical varieties of English and trace the development of English from a cluster of Germanic dialects to one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. The course is open to beginners or people who may have studied the history of English before. It will take place online, over the course of six weeks and presentations and discussions will be readily available after each session.

Course description

Over the six weeks, you will learn about four historical varieties of English: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English and Modern English. We will take a brief look at some of the literature from each period, and some of the major changes to the English language and how these link to historical, social and political change. This course will also provide you with opportunities to engage in enjoyable numeracy and literacy activities such as comparing percentages of literacy between populations, looking at timelines and comparing old texts with their modern translations.

This course is for designed for adults and requires no previous experience. It will be delivered online, over six weeks through a series of presentations and discussions.

What financial support is available?

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All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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