University of South Wales
University of South Wales
Taster sessions in English - choose from: Shakespeare; Jane Eyre, history and the Gothic; Jane Austen: Love and Money; Reading Christina Rossetti: hidden meanings; Making Connections: Unseen Poetry; Reading/Writing Wales in English; Creative Writing and Genre; Language and Gender; Accents and Dialects; Non-native Englishes (WAPE) and TESOL. at University of South Wales

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English talks (several choices on offer)

University event offered by University of South Wales

Event Summary:

Taster sessions in English - choose from: Shakespeare; Jane Eyre, history and the Gothic; Jane Austen: Love and Money; Reading Christina Rossetti: hidden meanings; Making Connections: Unseen Poetry; Reading/Writing Wales in English; Creative Writing and Genre; Language and Gender; Accents and Dialects; Non-native Englishes (WAPE) and TESOL.

Full Event Details:

Our staff visit you at a time that fits in with your timetable. We'll deliver WJEC, AQA and Edexcel L3 concepts which form part of progression-focused sessions that explore L4 modules. Suitable for year 12 and year 13 assemblies, subject-specific sessions and staff training.

Sessions in English include:

Jane Eyre, History and the Gothic (Unit 1)
Written at a time of revolutions across Europe, Jane Eyre was also considered revolutionary for what it said about women and gender. This session will introduce the cultural and contextual influences within which Charlotte Brontë was writing and look at how she uses Gothic language and conventions (such as the supernatural) in the novel.

Jane Austen: Love and money (Unit 1)
Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen has just been chosen to feature on the new £10 note. Why does she have such popular appeal? And is what she says about love and money still relevant today? This session will look at the attitudes and values expressed in her texts and examine how she uses irony to offer social critique. It will focus on Sense and Sensibility but a similar session may be available on another of Austen’s novels on request.

Reading Christina Rossetti: Hidden meanings (Unit 3)
Is ‘Goblin Market’ just a children’s poem? Or can we read it as a poem about religion, addiction, sexuality or even capitalism? This session will look at some of the possible interpretations of Rossetti’s work and discuss how these relate to the cultural contexts within which she was writing. It will include a focus on close reading techniques in order to examine how Rossetti adapts structure, form and language for effect in her poetry.

Making Connections: Unseen poetry (Unit 3)
How do poems relate to one another? How are meaning and form shaped by poets? This session will help students develop their confidence in analysing poetry and making connections across works by different poets. It will introduce literary concepts and terminology and consider how best to organise a comparative analysis of two poems.

Reading/Writing Wales in English
What does it mean to write in English about Wales? How are writers from and in Wales influenced by the cultural and historical contexts within which they write? This is a growing area in literary studies but many people are still unaware of the body of critical work now available. This session provides a general introduction to the study of Welsh writing in English and the range of literary concepts and interpretations which can be used in reading both poetry and prose. It may be tailored to focus on specific writers (Units 2 and 5) on request.

Creative Writing and Genre (Unit 2 & 4)
Does Science Fiction have to be set in space? What's the difference between a kiss in a Romance and a kiss in Erotica? And just how do we scare people with words when we write Horror? In this session we'll discuss the role of genre in literary texts, and why writers need to control language, style, and form, in addition to content, when writing in a specific genre. It will include examples from a broad range of texts by contemporary writers.

Language and Gender (A2 Unit 5: Section 2)
What is the distinction between the term sex and gender? Does ‘women’s language’ exist? Do women speak differently from men, and if so how, why and in what contexts? Are women more polite than men? What message does the language used by women convey about their status in the community? These are the questions examined in this session as well as how we communicate gender in conversation, differences between rapport talk and report talk, the issues of cooperation versus competitiveness in talk, and media representation of gender.

Accents and Dialects (Language and Diversity, A2 Unit 5: Section 4)
Is it what you say, or how you say it that counts? Why is it that when people speak on formal occasions, they tend to approximate to a more prestigious variety of English instead of sticking to their vernacular? Is the class system dead, or is it alive and kicking? This session explores how we use language (accents and dialects) to signal our membership of particular social groups and construct different aspects of our social identity by means of a short talk and workshop

Non-native Englishes (WAPE) (Language and Diversity, A2 Unit 5: Section 4)
Different varieties of English have developed since the 19th century. In many communities where multilingualism is the norm, relatively standard varieties of English have co-existed alongside more ‘nativised’ varieties influenced by local languages. One of these new ‘Englishes’ is the West African Pidgin English (WAPE). What is the origin of this variety? How does it convey non-English culture and world view using a simplified form of English? The session examines the origin, development, structure and creativity in WAPE.

TESOL Workshop: For all units
Workshop: Lexis, Grammar and the Phonemic Alphabet: An action-packed, all-in-one, linguistic workshop on the nuts and bolts of English

TESOL Workshop : Unit 5 (Language and Self-representation)
Workshop: Colloquialisms, formality, slang and register: How what we say reveals who we are.

TESOL Workshop: Unit 5 (Language Diversity)
Workshop: English…or Englishes? A look at how English is used across the globe and how it has become the “World’s language”.

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 4 (Students aged 14-16)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)


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Institution Profile:

The University of South Wales (USW) is the largest university in Wales. With campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport, students can enjoy city life, stunning beaches and breath-taking countryside.

Cardiff Campus

Our Cardiff Campus is based in the heart of the city. It is home to creative industries students and offers endless opportunities. Cardiff is a major centre for media and TV production in the UK. The campus is overflowing with specialist facilities, study spaces, a library and Students’ Union.

Newport Campus

Newport Campus is one of the university’s most iconic buildings. With Friars Walk shopping centre right opposite and Halls of Residence a few minutes’ walk away, it couldn’t be in a better location. Many of our subjects are based here, including counselling, cyber security, teaching and social work.

Pontypridd Campus

USW Pontypridd is our largest campus and made up of Treforest and Glyntaff. Surrounded by green open spaces, students love the community atmosphere. Students will find everything they need on campus, their classes, accommodation, library, sport centre, Students’ Union and cafes. The campus is home to many subjects, from business and law, to engineering, health and sport.

Student support

We offer an outstanding network of support and advice for our students. Our Advice Zones, based on all campuses, are easily accessible and a first point of contact for any issues. Students will be connected to a wealth of services, including wellbeing, disability, money advice, health clinics, chaplaincy and USW Careers.

USW Careers prepares students for success. Employability is part of our curriculum, and teaching is informed by real-world practical experience. We help with all stages of the job hunt, from CVs and interview skills to job applications. Students can even search live job vacancies, work placements, and attend career workshops and networking events.

The university works with employers across all industry sectors. We link students with opportunities and help their CV stand out. Our students take part in our Grad Edge Award, and we can even support them to develop business ideas through Student Enterprise.

Our courses ensure students get the practical experience to prepare them for the workplace. Students gain essential skills by using industry-standard equipment, from our Moot Courtroom and Clinical Simulation Centre, to Film & TV School Wales, Crime Scene Facilities and our Sport Park.

The recent extension to USW Cardiff includes dance and drama spaces, design and photographic studios, fashion facilities and creative spaces on all floors for collaborative working.

With a library on each campus, students can access a range of services and resources. There are different types of study spaces, from social to silent, as well as access to books, journals, PCs and Wi-Fi.

For sport enthusiasts, there are over 65 teams that compete in the BUCS league, ranging from tennis and mountain biking, to golf, surfing and rugby. USW Sport has some of the most impressive facilities in the UK. USW Sport Park is one of the best university sport coaching and training venues in the country.

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