Cornish advanced: module 2

Course Dates: 17/01/25 - 28/03/25
Time: 19:05 - 20:05
Location: Online
Develop your advanced Cornish conversation and discussion.Suitable for anyone who has studied Cornish for several years and wants to improve their oral skills.
This course also serves as preparation for the 4th grade (final grade) of the Cornish Language Board examinations.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Cornish advanced: module 2
  • Course Code: LH421
  • Dates: 17/01/25 - 28/03/25
  • Time: 19:05 - 20:05
  • Taught: Fri, Evening
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Jo P'Rhys

Course Code: LH421

Fri, eve, 17 Jan - 28 Mar '25

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

Students will improve their Cornish with oral practice and an in-depth study of the language based on the old texts. We will also follow the Grade 4 exam syllabus of the Cornish Language Board when we have potential candidates.
This is an advanced course spread over a minimum of two years. Students will be expected to do homework and also self-motivated home-study will be required to reach the examination standard.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will be revisiting most topics previously covered but using an advanced level of language. We will be reading and discussing and learning from the set books: .Passio Christi 705-1504 (published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek) and Dicky Holla (published also by Kesva an Taves Kernewek).

We may also discuss the history of the Cornish language and do a study of Cornish place names in some depth. Conversation and discussion in Cornish will be emphasised.
Grammar: All of the grammar contained in 'A Grammar of Modern Cornish' by Wella Brown or in 'Cornish Simplified' and supplements by A.S.D. Smith.

Please try: Grant and Cutler - (020 7440 3248).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- talk about current affairs, especially Cornish issues - potential outcomes.

- talk about sport, events and leisure activities - discuss consequences and outcomes.

- talk and write essays about history and revival of the Cornish language.

- begin reading of the set books for Grade 4 exam.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an advanced level course and is only suitable for students who have studied the language for a minimum of 3 years and / or have passed the Cornish Language Board 3rd grade examination or students with a high degree of fluency in the language.

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 and also translation
- 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?

We will be reading and discussing and learning from the set books Passio Christi 705-1504 (publised by Kesva an Taves Kernewek) and Dicky Holla (published also by Kesva an Taves Kernewek). Students are expected to buy their own copies of the literary texts to use for home study but the texts will be shared onscreen during lessons.
Students will also need to invest in a good dictionary and will find additional books on Cornish grammar etc. useful, for example:
AN GERLYVER MEUR, dictionary edited by Dr Ken George, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek, ISBN: 978-1-902917-84-9
A GRAMMAR OF MODERN CORNISH by Wella Brown, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek, ISBN: 0-902917-00-6
VERBOW KERNEWEK, (verb tables) published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek, ISBN: 978-1-902917-90-0.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Cornish advanced: module 3, but we recommend you discuss your options with the tutor. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Jo P'Rhys

Jo has been teaching Cornish for over 40 years and has spoken it since she was young. She loves helping new learners discover this lesser-known Celtic language.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.