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  • Unparliamentary language: the benefits of swearing in politics

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Getting it wrong can be career-limiting, but getting it right can be hugely advantageous says...

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    03 Jul 2018

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2018
    Getting it wrong can be career-limiting, but getting it right can be hugely advantageous says Dr Philip Seargeant.
  • Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly?

    By Miriam Faine

    An Australian perspective on why making English skills a key part of Citizenship may do less for social cohesion than...

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    22 Dec 2017

  • Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2017
    An Australian perspective on why making English skills a key part of Citizenship may do less for social cohesion than supporters of the idea believe.
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    Thirty-seven winters of discontent

    By The OpenLearn team

    Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been...

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    14 Dec 2017

  • Thirty-seven winters of discontent

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    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.
  • 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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    12 Dec 2017

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    Can creativity be taught? How far can you be creative when translating other people's work? Listen to translators, authors and creative writing teachers...
  • Introducing language and creativity

    Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.

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    11 Dec 2017

  • Introducing language and creativity

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.
  • English Loanwords – Interactive World Map

    By Dr Michelle Lawson

    Explore the fascinating origins of some words in the English language with this interactive world map. Simply select...

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    25 Oct 2017

  • English Loanwords – Interactive World Map

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    Explore the fascinating origins of some words in the English language with this interactive world map. Simply select the book items to uncover the word and...
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    21 Sep 2017

  • Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2017
    It's not an unpresidented question - should poor spelling be a bar to high office? Philip Seargeant wants us to wake up and smell the covfefe.
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    01 Sep 2017

  • Can I use 'we' and 'I' in my essay? Introducing corpus linguistics

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Sep 2017
    An introduction to using a corpus to get answers in linguistics.
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    Why is Donald Trump a challenge for translators?

    By Severine Hubscher-Davidson

    It can sometimes be hard to follow the flow of Donald Trump's unique approach to the English language. Have sympathy,...

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    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • Why is Donald Trump a challenge for translators?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    It can sometimes be hard to follow the flow of Donald Trump's unique approach to the English language. Have sympathy, pleads Severine Hubscher-Davidson,...
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    25 Aug 2017

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

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact can it have on the pupils' views about homosexuality? Find out with the founder of...

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    Business English: Presenting the decision

    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Presenting the decision, will help you with the language difficulties that...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    26 Sep 2018

  • Business English: Presenting the decision

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    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Presenting...
  • 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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    Grammar matters because, combined with vocabulary choice, it is our main way of...
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    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    03 Jan 2018

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    English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of...
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    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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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    25 May 2017

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    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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Feb 2017

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    This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and...
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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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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Jan 2017

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    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a...
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    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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    15 Aug 2016

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    In this free course, Paraphrasing text, you will focus on the process of turning...
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    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

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    12 May 2016

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    In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key...
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    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

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    14 Mar 2016

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    In this free course you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading...
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    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

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    14 Mar 2016

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    In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise....

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    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

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    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

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    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

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    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

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    This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English...

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    The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the...

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    Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language,...