Learn Old English in London and Online

Old English was spoken in England and Southern Scotland from the fifth century through to the time of the Norman conquest.

While some aspects of Old English will be familiar to modern English speakers, other aspects such as grammar will differ. The Old English alphabet includes characters that are not used in modern English today.

Try our introductory Old English courses at City Lit in London. Our courses will enable you to feel confident translating old English texts including prose and the poetry of Beowulf.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our Old English courses below and enrol today!

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  1. Middle English: an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 11 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How did English language change after the Norman conquest? How were the vocabulary and grammar influenced by the French spoken by the new Norman rulers? Come along and discover the English of Chaucer, which became today’s English.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Old English level 1
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What was the English language like before the Norman Conquest? How easy is it to translate their diverse literature? Can we write our own Old English? Come along and see.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
  3. Old English level 2
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course follows on the level 1 class. Continue to learn the Old English grammar and become familiar with more of its features.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  4. Old English literature
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Read and analyse the language of some works in the Old English literature. This course is suitable for those students who have completed the level 1 and level 2 courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00

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