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  • 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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  • 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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    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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    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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    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    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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    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.
  • An introduction to grammar Creative commons image Icon Chris Blakeley under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    An introduction to grammar

    What is grammar, and how does it help us communicate? Our short video reveals all...

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    24 Feb 2016

  • An introduction to grammar

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    An introduction to grammar Creative commons image Icon Chris Blakeley under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Updated 24 Feb 2016
    What is grammar, and how does it help us communicate? Our short video reveals all...
  • Shakespeare Speaks Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Learning English

    Shakespeare Speaks

    Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    19 Jan 2016

  • Shakespeare Speaks

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    Shakespeare Speaks Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Learning English
    Introductory level Updated 19 Jan 2016
    Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.
  • David Bowie: identity is creativity Creative commons image Icon Mike Burns under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    David Bowie: identity is creativity

    By Dr Frank Monaghan

    Bowie's constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art, says...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2016

  • David Bowie: identity is creativity

    David Bowie: identity is creativity Creative commons image Icon Mike Burns under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
    Bowie's constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art, says Frank Monaghan.
  • May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages

    By Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    Which language has Jabba the Hut's name literally translated to Jabba the Forester? How can you translate Yoda's...

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Dec 2015

  • May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages

    May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
    Which language has Jabba the Hut's name literally translated to Jabba the Forester? How can you translate Yoda's syntax into other languages? Find out: 

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    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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    This free course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why a...
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    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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    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...
  • 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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    This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and...
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    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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    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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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 May 2016
    In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key...
  • 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

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  • English grammar in context

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    English grammar in context Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar...
  • 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...
  • 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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    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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    14 Mar 2016

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    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Researching...

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Jan 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 20 Jan 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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

    BA (Honours) Language Studies

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

    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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    Worlds of English

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    This course looks at the history, diversity, and use of English around the world...