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The Evolution of English debate

The Evolution of English debate Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Apr 2015
The 23rd April marks English language day 2015; we look at what has been the biggest influence on the English language over the past 100 years...

Thirty-five winters of discontent

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Updated 28 Jan 2015
Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been garlanded with the same grim title.

Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award

Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2014
Is there a magic ingredient to writing good sex scenes? 

Speaking Shakespeare: How was Shakespeare pronounced when he was writing?

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Speaking Shakespeare: How was Shakespeare pronounced when he was writing? Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Dec 2014
How do we know what actors sounded like when they performed premieres of Shakespeare plays? The clues, as ever, are in the lines themselves...

Ten top tips for writing a novel

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Oct 2014
Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...

Writing tips series

Writing tips series Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Oct 2014
Break the back of that novel you're writing with these top tips from the author of Start writing: A practical introduction to creative writing....

Telegram brief history. Stop

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Updated 24 Sep 2014
What can the history of the telegram tell us about our own hopes and fears of modern technologies? 

Poetry Prescription

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Introductory level Updated 18 Sep 2014
Feeling loving, adventurous or scared? Poetry Prescription will find you the perfect poem to reflect your mood. 

Language of Comedy

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Language of Comedy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Leading comedians and writers share their insights into how people manipulate language to generate humour and what this reveals about society. 

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Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Visions of protest: Graffiti
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Nov 2014
This unit introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of different examples of graffiti, including...

Form and uses of language

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Form and uses of language Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
In this unit we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different purposes. To do this we will use the theme of memorial and...

Exploring the English language

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Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Jun 2011
How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What are the social and political contexts that have affected how these...