Do you want to weave magic with words? Keep people spellbound?
Or, in other words, do you want to speak more clearly, more persuasively, think more deeply, and learn to tell stories well?
Yes? Really? Then read on ...
One of the oldest and best ways to learn to do all this is by diving deep into some Progymnasmata exercises - they're like a mental swimming pool for kids.
These exercises are designed to encourage spoken language and deep thinking. They go back at least to Ancient Greece - and are perhaps even older. They were used throughout the classical period, through Medieval times and well into the Renaissance. These Progymnasmata exercises were intended to help students develop the thinking and speaking skills they needed to engage in oratory and public speaking later on in life.
This 'Word Magic for Beginners' course draws on this rich cultural heritage of the Progymnasmata, bringing the exercises up to date and making them relevant to you today without losing any of their original magical power.
On this course you will cover the following traditional Progymnasmata exercises:
This introductory course differs from other Progymnasmata courses on offer. For a start, it's more creative. And, I believe it brings back the magic of the original way the exercises were taught - which was much more closely related to storytelling and the culture of oral transmission and dialogue than our modern society is today - which is something we need to recover in an age where texting and messaging threaten to predominate.
Leon is a teacher steeped in the wonder and wisdom of the traditional integrated and integrative classical liberal arts, and is a keen supporter of living traditions, including living traditions of oral storytelling. He is author of several books including Aesop The Storyteller (Aladdin's Cave Press, 2008), a collection of 12 versified Aesopic fables, and History Riddles (Liberalis Books, 2013).
Students will need a notebook or basic sketchbook with at least 200 pages in - ideally hardback, bound - lined or blank, A4 or A5 size, standard stationery supplies, EITHER a digital shared workplace OR a hard copy A4 ring-file binder with dividers. In both cases, they will need facilities to upload clear scans or pictures of homework tasks. All courses will be taught on line in a specialised learning environment - a fast broadband connection is advisable.
Flexibility and Accessibility
Content will be adapted to individual levels and interests as much as possible. Special needs students can be provided for (please contact the tutor to discuss before enrolling) and assessments can be handed in via video rather than in written format, with videos uploaded to SchoolClubs directly or to WeTransfer and shared via private link.