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  • What's creative about creative writing? Creative commons image Icon Pierre Lindenbaum under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What's creative about creative writing?

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Can creativity be taught? How far can you be creative when translating other people's work? Listen to...

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    04 Mar 2017

  • What's creative about creative writing?

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    What's creative about creative writing? Creative commons image Icon Pierre Lindenbaum under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 04 Mar 2017
    Can creativity be taught? How far can you be creative when translating other people's work? Listen to translators, authors and creative writing teachers...
  • 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...
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    "That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school

    By Shaun Delenty, Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact it can have on the pupils' views about homosexuality?...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Feb 2017

  • "That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 07 Feb 2017
    How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact it can have on the pupils' views about homosexuality? Find out with the founder of Inclusion...
  • The Language of Brexit Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Rytis Daukantas

    The Language of Brexit

    By Dr Graeme Davis

    Dr Graeme Davis discusses the etymology of the word 'Brexit'.  

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Jan 2017

  • The Language of Brexit

    The Language of Brexit Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Rytis Daukantas
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Jan 2017
    Dr Graeme Davis discusses the etymology of the word 'Brexit'.  
  • OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016 Creative commons image Icon Robin Vanags under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Where Doctors once acted, now real doctors perform - a trip to Pebble Mill. Do apps update too often? And post-truth:...

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    16 Nov 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016

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    OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016 Creative commons image Icon Robin Vanags under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
    Where Doctors once acted, now real doctors perform - a trip to Pebble Mill. Do apps update too often? And post-truth: word of the year. Learning and...
  • Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe? Creative commons image Icon UK in Italy under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe?

    By Alessio Colonnelli

    Without a seat at the EU table, will the UK's ability to shape Europe vanish completely? Alessio Colonnelli...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jul 2016

  • Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe?

    Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe? Creative commons image Icon UK in Italy under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
    Without a seat at the EU table, will the UK's ability to shape Europe vanish completely? Alessio Colonnelli believes that the allure of the islands will...
  • Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Al-Mut

    Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca?

    By Dr Ingrid Piller

    With the monoglot Brits no longer trotting in to Brussels, will English start to loosen its grip on the EU - and...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Jul 2016

  • Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca?

    Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Al-Mut
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2016
    With the monoglot Brits no longer trotting in to Brussels, will English start to loosen its grip on the EU - and beyond?
  • 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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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    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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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    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...
  • Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest

    By Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    Why has the English language dominated the Eurovision Song Contest once more? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores what...

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 May 2016

  • Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest

    Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 May 2016
    Why has the English language dominated the Eurovision Song Contest once more? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores what the competition holds this year.

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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

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    16 Mar 2017

  • Language in the real world

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

    What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    11 Mar 2017

  • English grammar in context

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    English grammar in context Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Updated content
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Mar 2017
    What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar...
  • Language and creativity

    This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and creativity, to the roles that linguistic creativity plays in culture...

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    07 Feb 2017

  • Language and creativity

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    Language and creativity
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2017
    This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and...
  • Grammar matters

    Grammar matters because, combined with vocabulary choice, it is our main way of making meaning. This free course introduces you to one approach...

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    31 Jan 2017

  • Grammar matters

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    Grammar matters
    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 31 Jan 2017
    Grammar matters because, combined with vocabulary choice, it is our main way of...
  • English: skills for learning

    English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Oct 2016

  • English: skills for learning

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    English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
    English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of...
  • Paraphrasing text

    In this free course, Paraphrasing text, you will focus on the process of turning what you are reading into 'your own words', which is an essential...

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    1 hour

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    15 Aug 2016

  • Paraphrasing text

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    Paraphrasing text Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Aug 2016
    In this free course, Paraphrasing text, you will focus on the process of turning...
  • Communication, management and your own context

    In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This free course, Communication, management and your own...

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    12 May 2016

  • Communication, management and your own context

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    Communication, management and your own context Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 May 2016
    In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key...
  • How to be a critical reader

    In this free course you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of...

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    7 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2016

  • How to be a critical reader

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    Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
    In this free course you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading...
  • Summarising text

    In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

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    1 hour

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2016

  • Summarising text

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    In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise....
  • Business English: Researching a new location

    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Researching a new location, will help you with the language difficulties...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2016

  • Business English: Researching a new location

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    Business English: Researching a new location Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Researching...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    BA (Honours) Humanities
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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    BA (Honours) English Language and Literature
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the...

    BA (Honours) Language Studies

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    BA (Honours) Language Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Mar 2017
    Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language,...

    The arts past and present

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    The arts past and present Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Beauneveu: Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library; Kandinsky: © The Art Institute of Chicago. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to...