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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 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

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

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 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...

Titty or Tatty: What's in a name?

Titty or Tatty: What's in a name? Creative commons image 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...

The Secret Life of Children's Books

The Secret Life of Children's Books Copyrighted image 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...

What is emotive language and why is it used?

What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image 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...

400 years of Shakespeare

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

An introduction to grammar

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An introduction to grammar Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 24 Feb 2016
What is grammar, and how does it help us communicate? Our short video reveals all...

Shakespeare Speaks

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Shakespeare Speaks Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC Learning English
Introductory level Updated 19 Jan 2016
Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.

Star Wars VII: Myth and fairy tale

Star Wars VII: Myth and fairy tale Creative commons image Kristina Alexanderson under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2015
What storytelling styles and genres can be applied to Star Wars? Sara Haslam investigates...

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Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Visions of protest: Graffiti
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of...

Exploring the English language

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Exploring the English language Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
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...

Form and uses of language

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...