The University of St Andrews is offering the chance to learn British Sign Language (BSL) for the first time.
The evening classes for beginners will introduce learners to the basics of understanding BSL and Deaf Awareness under the guidance of a deaf tutor.
The new class is part of a range of courses and day schools on a wide range of topics including the Greek New Testament, Wines along the Rhein and the ever popular author Charles Dickens.
Other courses which still have places for 2012-2013 include American Literature, Bridge, Garden Design, Geology (in Kirkcaldy), Drawing and Painting, and Practical Vegetable Growing.
Creating the Past: Historical Fiction from Britain and Europe covers a wide range of authors from Sir Walter Scott’s “Waverley” novels, Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”, to Umberto Eco and Beryl Bainbridge. The course hopes to rekindle the joy of discovering history through fiction, from revolution in France to the blood feud in early twentieth century Albania.
American Literature: Voices from the Margins, looks at several exciting novels, from Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” to the slave narrative of Frederick Douglass, which have re-shaped our understanding of American literature.
Ruth Harris, of the Open Association at the University, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such an exciting and varied range of classes this year, particularly the new courses on British Sign Language and Native American Literature, and the Dickens series in his bicentenary year.”
To see the full range of courses, lectures and day schools offered by the Open Association at the University of St Andrews, you can view the brochure and booking form online or simply search for Open Association on the University’s homepage.
Places are limited and the deadline for applying for courses starting in October is Wednesday 19 September.
Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews
Contact Fiona MacLeod on 01334 462108/ 0771 414 0559.
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