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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

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2015
What storytelling styles and genres can be applied to Star Wars? Sara Haslam investigates...

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda?

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda? Creative commons image Adam Cohn under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
English is the official language of Uganda - but this shouldn't be at the expense of other languages, argues Judith Nakayiza and Medadi...

National Poetry Day

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Oct 2015
Get your quills at the ready and your thesaurus on standby for this collection of content exploring the magical world of poetry on National Poetry...

The Evolution of English debate

The Evolution of English debate Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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

Ten top tips for writing a novel Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
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 Copyright: 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....

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

Form and uses of language

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
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...

Exploring the English language

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Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 03 Sep 2012
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...