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Healthy Living : Lip Reading

Hearing impairments bring a variety of challenges, both to those who lose their hearing and their loved ones. Luckily, there are communication techniques you can learn to be able to maintain healthy interactions. Learn to communicate effectively despite hearing impairments with this beginners’ lip reading course. This course is appropriate for you if you have hearing impairments or if you’d like to communicate with a friend or family member with hearing loss. Lip reading for beginners gives you an introduction to some essential lip shapes. Explore deaf awareness issues to understand how hearing loss affects communication. Learn about speech patterns and cues to facilitate interactions.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 18/06/2024
Times:
9:45am - 11:45am
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Debra Blinston
Course code:
Q00014737
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £59.20

History: The History of Essex through 10 objects

Essex museums are full of wonderful and sometimes surprising objects. Join us as we unlock the secrets of some of these and discover what they tell us about everyday life in Essex in the past. Drawing from collections across the county, we will cover a range of times and topics and give you some ideas for places to visit next and how to get the most out of your visit.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 11/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Christchurch United Reform Church (Chelm
164 New London Road
Chelmsford
CM2 0AW
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013815
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £67.20

History: Exploring our Industrial Heritage

This course will explore how the development of industry has impacted both local landscapes and communities. Over five sessions learning opportunities will be created to research the evolution and impact of industries such as brick making, coal mining and tobacco manufacturing. The course will explore how these industries used emerging technology to create their 'empires' and how canals and railways created vital transport networks for new industries to thrive and grow.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 14/05/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Women's Institute Hall (Nottingham)
1 Main Street
Lowdham
Nottingham
NG14 7AB
Tutor:
Christopher Weir
Course code:
Q00013832
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Art Appreciation: Women Artists: from Sofonisba Anguissola to Georgia O'Keeffe

This course focuses on the lives and careers of women artists from the Renaissance to modern art in Europe and Northern America. Starting with painters like Sister Plautilla Nelli and Sofonisba Anguissola in Italy, we will explore a variety of contexts as we move across time and space. We will study Dutch and French painters and sculptors, as well as Russian, German, Finnish, and American ones. For each, we will consider issues of training, exhibiting and selling, and will see how social norms impacted these artists’ path to success and lasting. There will be two outings, to Tate Britain and Tate Modern (location tbc), on 14th of May, and 25th of June.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Old Town Hall
Whittaker Avenue
Richmond
South West
TW9 1TP
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00013881
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £100.00

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

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:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Francoise Townend
Course code:
Q00014427
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
In progress
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
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Francoise Townend
Course code:
Q00014428
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £81.40

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 16/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00014133
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £88.80

Music Appreciation: Anniversaries and Exhibitions

A multi-media exploration of composers and/or artists who are either celebrating major anniversaries or exhibiting in major London galleries.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Fairkytes Art Centre (Hornchurch)
51 Billet Lane
Hornchurch
RM11 1AX
Tutor:
Andrew Rothwell
Course code:
Q00012141
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £60.00

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:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £80.00