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Language of Comedy

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Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Leading comedians and writers share their insights into how people manipulate language to generate humour and what this reveals about society. 

Language of Comedy - Catchphrases

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
The Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases.

Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
German comedian Henning Wehn looks at how comedians play with cultural stereotypes as a source of humour. 

Language of Comedy - Social class

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
The Fast Show writer Charlie Higson discusses how social class and dialects are used as a topic for comedy. 

Language of Comedy - Creating a character

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
How do comedians exploit regional variety in comedy? Sheffield comedian Graham Fellows uses his character John Shuttleworth to illustrate.

Language of Comedy - Crafting a joke

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Comedian and actor Isy Suttie looks at how language is manipulated to create jokes, especially one-liners.

Damned by doublespeak

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Updated 18 Jul 2014
From mission statements, to political revelations, nothing is what it seems, writes Steve Woods.

The evolution of English: From the 17th century to the present day

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Updated 19 Jun 2014
Part two: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English from the 17th century to...

The evolution of English: From Romans to Shakespeare

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Updated 19 Jun 2014
Part one: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English starting with the Roman...

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English in the world today

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
How did English become the global force it is today? This unit explores the state and status of English in the world. It looks at the diversity of...

Communication, management and your own context

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This unit looks at the role of language in management...

Business English: Researching a new location

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

Business English: Making decisions

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

Business English: Presenting the decision

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

How to be a critical reader

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Jul 2011
In this unit you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of your...

Languages at Work

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 01 Jul 2011
All of us in our working lives increasingly need to work with people from other cultures or those whose native language is foreign, or we may have...

Summarising text

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 12 May 2011
In this unit you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

Paraphrasing text

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 10 May 2011
In this unit you will focus on paraphrasing text. This is really a process of turning what you are reading into ‘your own words’, which is an...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 09 Feb 2010
Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence our collective identity? This insightful album reveals Ireland's...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

The art of English

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore creativity in the English language: from everyday use (conversation, children’s language, correspondence, online chat) to ‘high culture’...