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  • How Brexit Is Giving Rise To A New Wave Of Language Wars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Rytis Daukantas
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    04 Aug 2017

  • How Brexit Is Giving Rise To A New Wave Of Language Wars

    How Brexit Is Giving Rise To A New Wave Of Language Wars Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Rytis Daukantas
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2017
    Language is political, as Brexit and Trump demonstrate
  • A linguist’s guide to the Theresa May Article 50 letter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sabri Deniz Kizil | Dreamstime.com

    A linguist’s guide to the Theresa May Article 50 letter

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    What does the UK's official notification of its intention to leave the EU mean?  Dr Philip Seargeant explores.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Aug 2017

  • A linguist’s guide to the Theresa May Article 50 letter

    A linguist’s guide to the Theresa May Article 50 letter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sabri Deniz Kizil | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2017
    What does the UK's official notification of its intention to leave the EU mean?  Dr Philip Seargeant explores.
  • Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate Creative commons image Icon Banksy's opinion on Brexit, from Duncan Hull, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Jul 2017

  • Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate

    Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate Creative commons image Icon Banksy's opinion on Brexit, from Duncan Hull, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2017
    How does our choice of words influence the path of debate?
  • How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter? Creative commons image Icon Crest: Jakovche https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg / Hogwarts Model Karen Roe https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_roe/7544166316 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter?

    By Dr Joanna Paul

    To create a sense of the long history of wizardry in the Potterverse, JK Rowling drew heavily on classical languages....

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jul 2017

  • How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter?

    How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter? Creative commons image Icon Crest: Jakovche https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg / Hogwarts Model Karen Roe https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_roe/7544166316 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2017
    To create a sense of the long history of wizardry in the Potterverse, JK Rowling drew heavily on classical languages. The OU's Joanna Paul explores.
  • What can emoji teach us about human civilization?

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jul 2017

  • What can emoji teach us about human civilization?

    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to the little pictures used to communicate?
  • World Emoji Day

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation...

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    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Jul 2017

  • World Emoji Day

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    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 17 Jul 2017
    July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren Laverne, academic...
  • 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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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    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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    5 mins

    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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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    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.

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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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    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a...
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    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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    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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    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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    In this free course, Form and uses of language, we will consider how language can...