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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’re 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’re 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 skills 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’d expect, literary greats such as Agatha Christie and Shakespeare feature regularly. There’s also the option to examine other time periods in English literature too, helping you develop your critical reading and analysis skills - perfect whether you’re a beginner or more experienced in the subject.  

If you prefer history then you’ve got a choice too, from courses on subjects you’d 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.  

A lot of our cultural learning is delivered by our branch network: learn more here.

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Literature: Mythology for beginners

This course will look at classical mythology for beginners, helping to provide an understanding of references built into everyday British language and literature. We will discuss the gods, goddesses and planets associated with Greek and Roman mythology, with a brief look at Norse myths. This course is ideal for those with a passion for reading literature with an interest in mythology, or for anyone new to British culture and trying to catch up with the natives. Everyone is welcome. Places fill up fast so sign up now!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Jane Williams
Course code:
Q00013720
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Literature: Ancient Greek tragedy: Aeschylus’ Oresteia

Ancient Greek tragedies have held an enduring interest for audiences and readers since their first performances in Athens in the 5th century BCE. Performed with both ancient and modern settings, revised and adapted, they retain their relevance to human action and understanding. In this course we will read and discuss three linked ancient Greek tragedies by Aeschylus: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides, together known as the Oresteia. We will consider plots, themes, characters and why they continue to be so popular with audiences. All texts will be studied in English translations: no previous knowledge is assumed.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Kim Shahabudin
Course code:
Q00009203
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Music Appreciation: The Music of Russia: From the Tsars to Stalin

The sparkling ballets of Tchaikovsky, the fantasy world of Rimsky Korsakov, the romance of Rachmaninov and the quirky humour of Prokofiev. Over eight weeks, you will meet these and many more glorious examples of Russian music from the early 19TH century to the recent past. As we chart how the national music developed from folk beginnings to internationally recognised trail-blazers, you will be able to develop your listening skills and learn about the challenges with which the composers had to struggle in making their voices heard. Our course is for everyone. No previous knowledge is required; just a willingness to listen, learn and enjoy.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
The Christ Church Centre (Henley-on-Tham
46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames
RG9 1AG
Tutor:
Christopher Carter
Course code:
Q00013773
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £80.00

Care 2 find out about Smuggling in Essex: the Romance and the Reality

Delve into the captivating world of smuggling on the 18th-century Essex coast, where reality intertwines with the allure of romanticised depictions. This course offers a unique exploration of the popular representations of smuggling found in novels, songs, poems, paintings, and film, contrasting them with the harsh realities documented in official records. Uncover the mystique of smuggling through a detailed analysis of romantic depictions, which will allow us to scrutinise the artistic lens shaping this these depictions. From daring escapades to iconic characters, we trace the evolution of smuggling narratives and their lasting impact on popular imagination. This is a Care 2 course made specifically for carers and is free to learners

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 16/04/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013823
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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Creative Writing: Writing for Wellbeing

On this course, you will learn how to use poems as prompts to life writing in poetry or prose and be given the opportunity to share your writing and experiences with others. We will be using prompts for writing on gratitude, awareness, nature and hope. During the course, you don't have to worry about your handwriting, spelling or punctuation. You are writing for yourself and there is no right or wrong way of doing so. It is not about the finished product but the calming process of just writing itself, which allows you to find clarity, space and a moment of relaxation. Anyone can do it. If you can write, you can write creatively.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Sarah Wardle
Course code:
Q00014024
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Literature: Historical Fiction - 19th century people and events through a 21st century lens

This course will consider two novels written in the 21st century which look at real people and real events from the 19th century. We will look at Thomas Keneally’s novel The Dickens Boy which was published in 2021 and considers the life of one of Charles Dickens’s sons who emigrated to Australia to make a life as a sheep farmer. The other novel we will be looking at is The Fraud by Zadie Smith which was published in 2023 and explores the notorious Tichborne trial of the 19th century, a trial about identity fraud and inheritance. We will study the novels in the order listed here.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Exeter Community Centre (Exeter)
17 St. Davids Hill
Exeter
EX4 3RG
Tutor:
Greta Depledge
Course code:
Q00014137
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Music Making: Music Theory Advanced

Explore music theory in a supportive online group! This course is designed for those who have a good foundation knowledge of Western music theory and who would like to explore more advanced topics relating to sheet music, scales, melody and harmony. This course will also branch out from traditional Western music theory and explore some of the music theory of other cultures that has become integrated and fused with our own. Students will have the opportunity to use a range of practical exercises at home, using their own digital app, piano or keyboard.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00014133
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.80

Art Appreciation: Pioneer Women Artists: Laura Knight

Join us to explore the vast spectrum of work by Laura Knight, pioneer woman artist who pushed all the boundaries she encountered. Throughout her life and career she pursued her creative path with determination and independence which resulted in a prolific output of paintings demonstrating the rapport she developed with her subjects. Laura Knight depicted coastal communities in North Yorkshire & Cornwall, the ballet & circus, gypsy community with informal observations full of insight and compassion for her subjects. additionally her War paintings and landscapes provide further exploration of her vast repertoire. the course material will comprehensively cover aspects of all these themes. This course is for learners who have a strong interest in Art with experience of previous study and a particular interest in this artist and discovering her work.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
7 sessions
Tutor:
Rachel Holland-Hargreaves
Course code:
Q00014165
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Foreign Languages: French- Beginners

Welcome to the French beginners course! Are you planning on going to France this year? Whether for business or holiday, you might want to be able to speak with the locals. This course will enable you to deal with everyday situations, including food, shopping, organising transport and hotel bookings…. You will also gain valuable insight into French life and culture with a native French speaker. All in a friendly and supportive environment. This course is aimed for those who already know how to greet, present themselves, say the time and give directions. A bientôt for your journey into the French language!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
4:45pm - 6:45pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Francoise Townend
Course code:
Q00014427
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40

Foreign Languages: French- Intermediate

Welcome to the French Intermediate course! Are you planning on going to France this year? Whether for business or holiday, you might want to be able to speak with the locals. This course will enable you to develop further your knowledge in the French language, deal with everyday situations, including shopping for clothes, asking for a refund, speaking about your favourite food, …. You will also gain valuable insight into French life and culture with a native French speaker. All in a friendly and supportive environment. This course is aimed for learners at improvers’ level or similar. A bientôt for your journey into the French language!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Francoise Townend
Course code:
Q00014428
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40