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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
Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases using Steve Martin and the Fast Show's spoof of Downton Abbey as examples.

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. 

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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...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 12 Sep 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 12 Sep 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 12 Sep 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...