Cornish beginners: module 1
Time: 18:30 - 19:30
Come to join this complete beginners course to learn Cornish.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: LH115
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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What is the course about?
You will learn to communicate simply in a range of everyday situations and conversations. You will also learn
about some basic elements of the Celtic culture of Cornwall via the history of the language revival, and about the
origin and meaning of Cornish place-names.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Topics: Greetings and introductions, describing yourself and others, telling the time, discussing daily activities and the weather.
Grammar: all the grammar required by the Cornish Language Board for the Grade 1 Examination, including
simple present and present continuous tenses, simple past tense of auxiliary verbs, imperfect tense of the verb
TO BE, uses of the verb noun, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, imperatives, declensions of prepositions, rules of mutation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- make simple introductions.
- describe yourself and others in simple terms.
- tell the time using 12 and 24 hour systems.
- talk about daily activities and the weather.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners level - no previous knowledge or experience required.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/self-assess-your-level
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
BORA BRAV (2nd edition) by Polin Prys, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Cornish beginners: module 2 in January.
Dr. Gary Retallick got his Phd in Physics at Kings college in London in 2006. His dissertation explored the physics of time, touching upon relativity, field equations, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and metaphysics. Followng a stint within the world of teaching philosophy, Gary now teaches physics and mathematics at both Birkbeck College and the Open University alongside running several physics, chemistry and maths courses at City Lit (incl. Cornish).
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