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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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Art Appreciation: Vermeer and the Dutch Interior

In this course you will explore the forces which were at work creating the 'golden century' of Dutch culture and art, from c.1580 - c.1680. Focusing on the kinds of connection visual artists were making with their publics, we examine the gradual transformation from a public art celebrating public events, through groups who both satirised immoralities and (sometimes simultaneously) celebrated personal and social pleasures, into a rising concern for the portrayal of their own culture, mores and private lives. Through the paintings themselves we will examine changing attitudes to the state, to religion, to morality, to private life, and to pleasure.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
St John the Baptist Church Meeting Room
55 Main Road
Danbury
CM3 4NG
Tutor:
Adrian Eckersley
Course code:
Q00012243
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Reading Poetry: Lyric Poetry and Form

In this online, 10-week course you will read, explore and enjoy some key works by a selection of significant contemporary and historical poets in the English language, you will look at and consider a key example of a poetic form each week with scope to include a variety of notable poems that articulate this. In doing so, you will create some links between form, idea and writer. Alongside close reading of chosen poems we will engage with literary criticism on each poet, as well as poetry, form and poetics generally, exploring the backgrounds of each writer, their lives and their unique approach to the art of poetry, which should set the poems in context of time and the poet's life. Through this we will also look to understand how a particular sense of identity and voice has been created within the work we encounter.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
2:45pm - 4:45pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Simon Haworth
Course code:
Q00013313
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Literature: 6 Classic Texts You Can Read in a Week

Reading short texts is an excellent introduction to the works of some of the greatest writers of the western canon. Each week we focus on a short classic novel, reading and discussing key passages. The selected novels are in chronological order, from the 17th century to modern times. We begin with Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and end with Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. We’ll be able to share and debate interpretations, sharpen our critical and appreciative faculties, understand what fiction can tell us about the society and culture that produced it, and, hopefully, be inspired to read other works by the writers featured on the course.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Wesley Hall (Barnet)
High Barnet Methodist Church
9 Stapylton Road
Barnet
EN5 4JJ
Tutor:
Brandon Robshaw
Course code:
Q00013865
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £60.00

Intermediate Spanish

Build up your knowledge of everyday Spanish and gain confidence communicating on your next trip. These intermediate Spanish lessons will boost your language skills so you feel comfortable communicating in everyday situations. Order food and drink, ask for directions, and understand basic instructions. After this intermediate Spanish language course, you'll feel confident expressing yourself in Spanish.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00013877
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

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Foreign Languages: Italian Beginners

Welcome to the Italian Beginners Course! In this course, you'll embark on an exciting journey to learn the basics of the Italian language. Through fun and interactive lessons, you'll discover essential vocabulary and pronunciation. Start by mastering common greetings and expressions, then progress to basic conversations about everyday topics like food, travel, and hobbies. Along the way, explore Italian culture, traditions, and landmarks to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the language. By the end of the course, you'll feel confident introducing yourself in Italian and engaging in simple conversations. Let's begin this adventure together! Buon viaggio! (Have a good journey!)

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
8 sessions
Tutor:
Giuseppa Perricone
Course code:
Q00014149
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Foreign Languages: Italian- Intermediate

Welcome to the Italian Intermediate Course! This course is designed for those who already have a basic understanding of the Italian language and wish to enhance their language skills further. Through a variety of interactive activities and engaging teaching materials, we will delve deeper into grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. You will have the opportunity to consolidate your language skills through practical exercises and stimulating assignments. This online course is a friendly and supportive group to learn with. We are here to guide you on your learning journey and help you achieve your language learning goals. Welcome to this exciting adventure in Italian!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
2:15pm - 4:15pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Tutor:
Giuseppa Perricone
Course code:
Q00014153
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Art Appreciation: The Art of France, from Lascaux Cave to the 1789 Revolution

When we think about French Art, we might first imagine Impressionist paintings and Cézanne’s apples, or Matisse’s colourful paintings. But what about art created before the 19th century? In this course you will learn about key works of art, from the prehistoric paintings of Chauvet to the Rococo paintings of Boucher. The examples we will study will be diverse: Gallo-Roman mosaics, Carolingian manuscript illuminations, and frescoes in Romanesque churches, paintings by Enguerrand Quarton and Georges de la Tour, the gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, and much more. These artistic treasures, part of the country’s heritage, will also be an opportunity to enrich your knowledge of the history, geography, and culture of France.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00014212
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Creative Writing: Writing a Successful Memoir

Welcome to this friendly group of aspiring memoirists. Our workshops will help us to plan and write an engaging memoir. Using fun exercises, writing prompts, and reading extracts from stunning published memoirs, will help us write engaging memoirs. Your tutor, an experienced memoirist who has studied memoirs with Andrew T. Williams and Michael Hulse, will provide guidance, knowledge, and detailed feedback. Summary • Sharing ideas with like-minded writers • Honing writing craft in a supportive environment • Receiving detailed feedback from a tutor who is published and as an experienced editor, has supported many others to publication. This course is for aspiring memoirists.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 01/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
3 sessions
Tutor:
Vanwy Arif
Course code:
Q00014308
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £22.20

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 your skills in narrating events, express different points of view, and discuss past, present and future events in everyday life situations, as well as use the conditional. It will increase your confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. 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 at learners at an intermediate level or similar, who have been learning French for around 3 years. A bientôt for your journey into the French language!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Francoise Townend
Course code:
Q00014429
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40

Foreign Languages: Everyday Greek for Improvers (Intermediate) Wed am

Can you take part in conversations in Greek? This face-to-face course will refresh and expand the Greek you have learnt in the past and it will increase your confidence in communicating with the locals when in Greece or Cyprus. It will also give you a deeper insight into the Greek lifestyle and culture. The course is taught by a well-qualified and experienced native speaker with many years’ teaching experience. Learning a foreign language for holiday or leisure is a great way to keep your brain active, explore a different culture, meet people with a common interest, increase your confidence and enhance your wellbeing. Take advantage of this unique opportunity today.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
The Barn, Manor Farm (Tadcaster)
St. Joseph's Street
Tadcaster
LS24 9HA
Tutor:
Eleni Vezyri
Course code:
Q00014451
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00