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  • Shakespeare: For All Time?

    By Dr Edmund King

    A current production of Julius Caesar is causing controversy in the USA for allegedly depicting Donald Trump's murder...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Jun 2017

  • Shakespeare: For All Time?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jun 2017
    A current production of Julius Caesar is causing controversy in the USA for allegedly depicting Donald Trump's murder, but what does this tell us about the...
  • Why has English taken over academia? Creative commons image Icon ChristianMcCarthy under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why has English taken over academia?

    By Elizabeth J Erling, Dr Anna Kristina Hultgren

    If English is globally squeezing out teaching in local languages, the fault isn't with the language but with...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Apr 2017

  • Why has English taken over academia?

    Why has English taken over academia? Creative commons image Icon ChristianMcCarthy under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    If English is globally squeezing out teaching in local languages, the fault isn't with the language but with economics. Anna Kristina Hultgren and...
  • Writing across cultures Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Writing across cultures

    By Xiaolu Guo

    Xiaolu Guo explains how she approached her novel, A Concise Chinese–English Dictionary for Lovers - making creativity...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Feb 2017

  • Writing across cultures

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    Writing across cultures Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Feb 2017
    Xiaolu Guo explains how she approached her novel, A Concise Chinese–English Dictionary for Lovers - making creativity work across the English and Chinese...
  • Living Shakespeare: Alissar Caracalla on Lebanon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Living Shakespeare: Alissar Caracalla on Lebanon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Choreographer Alissar Caracalla reimagines A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the mountains of Lebanon.

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    30 Aug 2016

  • Living Shakespeare: Alissar Caracalla on Lebanon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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    Living Shakespeare: Alissar Caracalla on Lebanon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
    Choreographer Alissar Caracalla reimagines A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the mountains of Lebanon.
  • Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia

    Ophelia's situation in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' bears a lot of parallels with Indian women and their place in society....

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    30 Aug 2016

  • Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia

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    Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
    Ophelia's situation in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' bears a lot of parallels with Indian women and their place in society. Bollywood actor, Kalki Koechlin,...
  • Living Shakespeare: Dr John Kani on South Africa and Othello Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Living Shakespeare: Dr John Kani on South Africa and Othello

    Shakespeare's 'Othello' still makes people uncomfortable because it tackles racism, so what was it like for John Kani...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    30 Aug 2016

  • Living Shakespeare: Dr John Kani on South Africa and Othello

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    Living Shakespeare: Dr John Kani on South Africa and Othello Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
    Shakespeare's 'Othello' still makes people uncomfortable because it tackles racism, so what was it like for John Kani who played the play's lead role at the...
  • Titty or Tatty: What's in a name? Creative commons image Icon Adapted from a Creative Commons work by Neil Piddock under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Titty or Tatty: What's in a name?

    By Severine Hubscher-Davidson

    Quite a lot, as it turns out. Severine Hubscher-Davidson explores why texts need to change with the times - and...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Aug 2016

  • Titty or Tatty: What's in a name?

    Titty or Tatty: What's in a name? Creative commons image Icon Adapted from a Creative Commons work by Neil Piddock under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2016
    Quite a lot, as it turns out. Severine Hubscher-Davidson explores why texts need to change with the times - and why some things are better left...
  • The Secret Life of Children's Books Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    The Secret Life of Children's Books

    This two part OU/BBC co-production looks at the secret lives of 'The Five Children and It' by E. Nesbitt and 'The Water Babies' by...

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    Updated on:

    08 Jun 2016

  • The Secret Life of Children's Books

    The Secret Life of Children's Books Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
    This two part OU/BBC co-production looks at the secret lives of 'The Five Children and It' by E. Nesbitt and 'The Water Babies' by Charles Kingsley...
  • What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Icon Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license

    What is emotive language and why is it used?

    By Nigel Warburton

    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear,...

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    Updated on:

    07 Jun 2016

  • What is emotive language and why is it used?

    What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Icon Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order to achieve...
  • 400 years of Shakespeare

    2016 marked 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his works still 'play on' today. Explore the life, times and...

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    Updated on:

    21 Mar 2016

  • 400 years of Shakespeare

    Introductory level Updated 21 Mar 2016
    2016 marked 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his works still 'play on' today. Explore the life, times and legacy of the Bard of Avon...

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  • Language in the real world

    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a knowledge about how language works (i.e. ‘linguistics’) is helpful –...

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    6 hours

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  • Language in the real world

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    Language in the real world Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Courtesy © Neil Mitchell
    Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017
    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a...
  • Visions of protest: Graffiti

    This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of graffiti...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    20 Jan 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017
    This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting...
  • Exploring the English language

    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...

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    9 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    09 Mar 2016

  • Exploring the English language

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    How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What...
  • Form and uses of language

    In this free course, Form and uses of language, we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different purposes. To do this we...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    05 Feb 2016

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    In this free course, Form and uses of language, we will consider how language can...