Wednesday: Social Change in the Early Twentieth Century

Pre-Lecture Materials

The following activities will help you to prepare for the lecture by encouraging you to predict some of the content and learn the meaning of some of the key vocabulary. Don’t worry if you find it difficult to answer the prediction questions, just thinking about the questions will help you to follow the lecture.

Once you have finished the materials, return to the main lecture page and watch the lecture.

Andrew Burke

Lecture Coordinator

The title of this lecture is ‘Social Change in the 20th Century’. What kind of social changes do you think took place in the UK during this time? 

Think of social changes that happened in Japan between 1900-1950; perhaps there will be some similarities.

We will be looking at two kinds of measurement; feet and metres.

Do you know how many feet there are (approximately) in one metre?


There are approximately 3.3 feet in one metre (1 foot = about 30cm). 

Look at the three images below. Which do you think is an example of Modern Art / Art Deco / Victorian Art?

Click the blue arrow to see the next picture. You can check your answers after you've answered all three questions.

Which of these words do you already know?








Now match the words to the definitions. There are 7 words.

To check your answers, click the 'Check' button.

Read the note taking template. This gives you an idea of the structure of the lecture and some of the main ideas it looks at.

Now look at the 3 stills taken from the lecture on the following slides. Try to predict which is taken from:

  • the Edwardian era (1900-1910)
  • the 1920s
  • the 1940s.


You’ll find the answers in the lecture.

Make a copy of the note-taking template to use as you watch the lecture. The questions and headings should make it easier for you to follow the lecture. If you type your notes, you might want to remove the underlinings before you start.

If you find it easier to take notes by hand you could copy the headings onto your paper, or make the spaces between the headings bigger (so you have space to write in) and print the template out.

If you feel quite confident about making notes during an English lecture, you might want to just read the template beforehand and then write your own notes.

You will use your notes in the post lecture lesson, so make keep them somewhere where it’s easy to find them again.

Now you can go back to the lecture page and watch the lecture. Don't forget to download and complete the note-taking template!

Andrew Burke

Lecture Coordinator