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Introducing language and creativity

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Introducing language and creativity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jul 2015
Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.

Parlez-vous Eurovision?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 May 2015
As English-language songs dominate the Eurovision Song Contest in its 60th anniversary, this article explores why so many of the songs are sung in...

The Evolution of English debate

The Evolution of English debate Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

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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Language of Comedy - Catchphrases Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
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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Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
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. 

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English: skills for learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing skills...

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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Communication, management and your own context Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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: 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...

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: 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...

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...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
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 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
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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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
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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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
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 28 Aug 2015
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 28 Aug 2015
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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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
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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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
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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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

The arts past and present

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The arts past and present Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to English) across multiple cultures and historical periods in this...