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WEA courses

I am a WEA tutor in Essex and I lecture on the following three areas:

  • Film and Media
  • Gender Studies, History and Cultural Studies
  • Literacy, Modern Foreign Languages and ESOL

In my 2017 teaching observation, I was graded as an outstanding teacher for my Film Studies lecturing.

 

 

2018-2019 Courses

Film and Nostalgia: Representations of History

September to December 2018 (Danbury, Essex) 

Why are so many films set in the past? This course, studying a number of costume dramas, considers how we construct, remember and represent the past, and how films help to forge a sense of national identity. Films from Britain, America and Germany, such as Goodbye Lenin! (2003) and The King’s Speech (2010), will be studied in depth. The sessions will build on students’ ability to think critically, as well as teach them about contemporary film studies and ideas of heritage, national identity and nostalgia.

 

Film and Nostalgia: Representations of History

January to March 2019 (Benfleet, Essex)

Why are so many films set in the past? This course, studying a number of costume dramas, considers how we construct, remember and represent the past, and how films help to forge a sense of national identity. Films from Britain, America and Germany, such as Goodbye Lenin! (2003) and The King’s Speech (2010), will be studied in depth. The sessions will build on students’ ability to think critically, as well as teach them about contemporary film studies and ideas of heritage, national identity and nostalgia.

 

Introduction to Film Studies

January to March 2019 (Billericay, Essex)

Do you want to know more about cinema? Using various films as examples, such as Metropolis (1927) and The Help (2011) this introductory course focuses on costuming, lighting, sound and narrative. Students will gain valuable insights into film scriptwriting skills. This course aims to widen students’ understanding of contemporary film studies. Students will watch a wide range of films, be introduced to aspects of current film theory and relate these to issues affecting today’s society. There will also be an opportunity to develop practical skills, such as giving a presentation, and script-writing.

 


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Introduction to Film Studies

Do you want to know more about cinema? Using various films as examples, such as Metropolis (1927) and The Help (2011) this introductory course focuses on costuming, lighting, sound and narrative. Students will gain valuable insights into film scriptwriting skills. This course aims to widen students’ understanding of contemporary film studies. Students will watch a wide range of films, be introduced to aspects of current film theory and relate these to issues affecting today’s society. There will also be an opportunity to develop practical skills, such as giving a presentation, and script-writing.

 

Women in World Cinemas

An introduction to representations of women in World Cinemas. We will examine films from countries as diverse as France, Colombia and Germany – such as Potiche (2010), Maria Full of Grace (2004) and The Edge of Heaven (2007) – and relate common themes to current social trends in a range of contemporary societies. This course aims to widen students’ cultural knowledge and improve communication and presentation skills. The sessions will build on students’ ability to think critically, as well as teach them about contemporary film studies and issues affecting women in today’s society. This course is open to persons of any gender.

 

Film and Nostalgia: Representations of History

Why are so many films set in the past? This course, studying a number of costume dramas, considers how we construct, remember and represent the past, and how films help to forge a sense of national identity. Films from Britain, America and Germany, such as Goodbye Lenin! (2003) and The King’s Speech (2010), will be studied in depth. The sessions will build on students’ ability to think critically, as well as teach them about contemporary film studies and ideas of heritage, national identity and nostalgia.

 

A History of German Film

From the early silent films in the 1920s where Germany was arguably the country with the best film-makers in the world, to Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda films of Nazi Germany. From the New German Cinema film-makers who rebelled against their Nazi forefathers in the 1960s and 70s, to contemporary German cinema exploring immigration and Germany’s place in a global world, this course takes you on a historical journey through Germany’s past through the lens of the camera.

 

Histories of the Home: Cultural Developments of Family, Homestead and Belonging

Home is where the heart is. Now associated with the nuclear family, this was not always the case. In this history and cultural studies course, we explore how the home has changed over time and discuss international similarities and differences. We also uncover why home and belonging is so important to us and to our understanding of what it means to be human.


“Herstory”: The Forgotten Women of History

Have you ever wondered why it is that men are at the forefront when we talk about history? Who are the forgotten women? How gender affects our daily lives and how this has changed over time? From Anne Lister’s diaries to the second wave feminists’ idea of wages for housework, from early animationist Lotte Reiniger to the quite recent Magdalene Laundries, we examine changing perceptions about gender and gender roles through the last 300 years.

 

Culture, Reading and Writing: Improve Your English Literacy Skills

Focusing on various themes, such as food, sport, film and music, this non-accredited course will look at improving reading and writing abilities in English and is suitable for those who would like to improve their literacy. Working to individual levels and interests, this course is taught through a series of practical workshops, which include exercises aimed at improving your reading, writing and comprehension skills. Classes will be taught in a relaxed and informal way, with an emphasis on encouraging confidence and enjoyment in the subject. Suitable for all those who would like to advance their reading and writing skills for practical, academic and leisure reasons.


Beginners’ German

Want to learn a foreign language and improve your employability? Or go on holiday and be proud to be able to actually communicate? This course will go from the very basics of greetings, to ordering food and drink, talking about the weather, travel and culture, buying tickets, and talking about your hobbies in German.

 

Beginners’ Portuguese

Want to learn a foreign language and improve your employability? Or go on holiday and be proud to be able to actually communicate? This course will go from the very basics of greetings, to ordering food and drink, talking about the weather, travel and culture, buying tickets, and talking about your hobbies in Portuguese.