I have just started an online course, funded jointly by the University Of Southampton and the British Council, entitled “Understanding Language”. I am collecting here a series of soundbites as I progress through the various modules of the course, for no other reason than to preserve a record and then no doubt, to change my mind about the topic next week.
It was only at the age of 17, studying A Level French, that I discovered that there was more to literature than just a good story, a few dastardly characters and perhaps an authentic, historical setting. In short, studying foreign literature and culture as a compliment to language learning was the key to a whole new universe. Learning and using more than one language continues to enrich this experience.