WALKIE TALKIE is an adult education venture offered via Idea Store Learning, Tower Hamlets, designed to appeal to aspiring AND experienced guides. It gives aspiring guides a low-level introduction to tour guiding, with particular reference to guiding in Tower Hamlets; to the experienced guide it gives a thorough and immersive introduction to the history and heritage of the original East End.
The course comprises two parts, each of which entails five two-hour sessions, to be held on consecutive Wednesday evenings.
Part One gives students an introduction to the basics of tour guiding and to the history of Tower Hamlets; it entails three classroom sessions, one outdoor tour and a visit to an archive. In Session Five each student is required to give a four-minute presentation in class on a pre-assigned topic.
Part Two gives a greater focus on the development of basic guiding skills, comprising four classroom sessions and an indoor tour. It is based around group work, each group creating a rudimentary tour to be presented in class in Session Five.
Part Three builds on the first two parts to develop the learner’s engagement with the practicalities of guiding on the streets. It culminates with the learners presenting a tour, each having been allocated a stop.
PLEASE NOTE that the course is subject to recruitment. If there are insufficient students enrolled, the course will not go ahead.
The course is complemented by a supplementary programme of Saturday afternoon tours. These are NOT part of the course, but are intended to deepen learners’ experience of touring. The tours will be available for learners and their companions at a discount price. Please contact me for further details.
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Photographs © Leigh Stanford 2014