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  • Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Office of the President of the United States
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    21 Sep 2017

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

    Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Office of the President of the United States
    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.
  • Can I use 'we' and 'I' in my essay? Introducing corpus linguistics Creative commons image Icon Emanuele Rosso under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
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    01 Sep 2017

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

    Can I use 'we' and 'I' in my essay? Introducing corpus linguistics Creative commons image Icon Emanuele Rosso under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Sep 2017
    An introduction to using a corpus to get answers in linguistics.
  • Why is Donald Trump a challenge for translators? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Andrea Hanks

    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?

    Why is Donald Trump a challenge for translators? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Andrea Hanks
    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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    "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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    25 Aug 2017

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

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    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...
  • Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly? Creative commons image Icon Dingram_kiwi under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    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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    19 Jul 2017

  • Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly?

    Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly? Creative commons image Icon Dingram_kiwi under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 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.
  • What can emoji teach us about human civilization?

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to...

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    18 Jul 2017

  • What can emoji teach us about human civilization?

    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to the little pictures used to communicate?
  • Why has English taken over academia? Creative commons image Icon ChristianMcCarthy under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why has English taken over academia?

    By Elizabeth J Erling, Dr Anna Kristina Hultgren

    If English is globally squeezing out teaching in local languages, the fault isn't with the language but with...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Why has English taken over academia?

    Why has English taken over academia? Creative commons image Icon ChristianMcCarthy under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    If English is globally squeezing out teaching in local languages, the fault isn't with the language but with economics. Anna Kristina Hultgren and...
  • Language is collateral damage in the gig economy Creative commons image Icon FaceMePLS under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Language is collateral damage in the gig economy

    By Dr David Hann

    As Deliveroo instructs its managers to avoid words that might make their team sound like employees, David Hann...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    07 Apr 2017

  • Language is collateral damage in the gig economy

    Language is collateral damage in the gig economy Creative commons image Icon FaceMePLS under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2017
    As Deliveroo instructs its managers to avoid words that might make their team sound like employees, David Hann explores how some words have their own agendas.
  • How can your accent put your life at risk? Creative commons image Icon Greens MPs under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How can your accent put your life at risk?

    By Dr Ingrid Piller

    Stories from Australia and the US reveal how dangerous it can be when listeners fail to take people seriously because...

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    29 Mar 2017

  • How can your accent put your life at risk?

    How can your accent put your life at risk? Creative commons image Icon Greens MPs under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Stories from Australia and the US reveal how dangerous it can be when listeners fail to take people seriously because of their accented English.
  • 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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    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...

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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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    English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of...
  • 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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    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

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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...
  • 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...
  • 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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    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

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  • Communication, management and your own context

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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...
  • 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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    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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Mar 2016

  • Business English: Researching a new location

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

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    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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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Oct 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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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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    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 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 23 Oct 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 23 Oct 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the...

    BA (Honours) Language Studies

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