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  • 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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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    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.
  • Following Jareth through the Labyrinth: How Bowie influenced my research Creative commons image Icon The Camera Girls under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 Jan 2016

  • Following Jareth through the Labyrinth: How Bowie influenced my research

    Following Jareth through the Labyrinth: How Bowie influenced my research Creative commons image Icon The Camera Girls under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
    Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde explains how David Bowie has helped shape her research
  • OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain

    OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    The French poet who nearly won a Nobel 12 times; why the Himalayas keep growing; and what sharks use their noses for....

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Jan 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain
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    The French poet who nearly won a Nobel 12 times; why the Himalayas keep growing; and what sharks use their noses for. Then more free learning through the day.
  • Star Wars: La syntaxe du français avec Maître Yoda

    By Xaviere Hassan

    How does a 900 year-old Jedi master sound in French? Try your hand at reordering sentences, you must.

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    08 Dec 2015

  • Star Wars: La syntaxe du français avec Maître Yoda

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
    How does a 900 year-old Jedi master sound in French? Try your hand at reordering sentences, you must.
  • 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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    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: 
  • Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Jake Leong Chee Ong | Dreamstime.com

    Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life

    Different colours can hold various connotations in culture, language and society. Delve through our range of colours...

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Oct 2015

  • Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life

    Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Jake Leong Chee Ong | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
    Different colours can hold various connotations in culture, language and society. Delve through our range of colours exploring colours and what they mean....
  • Speak in colours! Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Speak in colours!

    By Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde

    What does 'rire jaune' or 'avoir un bleu' mean? Learn French idioms that use colour to convey a particular mood or...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Sep 2015

  • Speak in colours!

    Speak in colours! Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Sep 2015
    What does 'rire jaune' or 'avoir un bleu' mean? Learn French idioms that use colour to convey a particular mood or impression of a person or situation....
  • Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales Creative commons image Icon Jeangagnon under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license

    Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales

    By Mathilde Köstler

    The musician and poet Zachary Richard has kept the Cajun tradition alive. But how has the migration of his stories...

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    15 mins

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    27 Aug 2015

  • Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales

    Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales Creative commons image Icon Jeangagnon under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Advanced level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
    The musician and poet Zachary Richard has kept the Cajun tradition alive. But how has the migration of his stories affected them? Mathilde Köstler considers...
  • Bon départ: beginners’ French second edition

    What’s the difference between formal and informal greetings in French? How do people in Paris discuss their daily routines?...

    By The iTunes U team

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    40 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Nov 2013

  • Bon départ: beginners’ French second edition

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    Bon départ: beginners’ French second edition Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 18 Nov 2013
    What’s the difference between formal and informal greetings in French? How do...
  • European Day of Languages Quiz

    Are there more sheep in Wales than humans? Test your language and culture knowledge to celebrate the European Day of...

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    5 mins

    Updated on:

    20 Aug 2013

  • European Day of Languages Quiz

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    Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
    Are there more sheep in Wales than humans? Test your language and culture knowledge to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September).

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  • Beginners’ French: food and drink

    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: Food and...

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    03 Apr 2017

  • Beginners’ French: food and drink

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Apr 2017
    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and...
  • French: Le quatorze juillet

    This free course, French: Le quatorze juillet, is taken from Ouverture, a language module that concentrates on French as a tool for communication,...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    27 Feb 2017

  • French: Le quatorze juillet

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017
    This free course, French: Le quatorze juillet, is taken from Ouverture, a language...
  • French: Ouverture

    This free course, French: Ouverture, is taken from Ouverture, a language module that concentrates on French as a tool for communication, but it...

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    27 Feb 2017

  • French: Ouverture

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    French: Ouverture
    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017
    This free course, French: Ouverture, is taken from Ouverture, a language module...
  • Cultures

    In this free course, Cultures, you will address the question of traditional music and music from the francophone world, and you will examine the...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Mar 2016

  • Cultures

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    In this free course, Cultures, you will address the question of traditional music...
  • La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie

    Using the topic of science and technology in France, this free course, La Cit des sciences et de l'industrie, will show you how to structure...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    11 Mar 2016

  • La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie

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    La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Mar 2016
    Using the topic of science and technology in France, this free course, La Cit des...
  • French: En ville

    This free course, French: En ville, helps you to acquire the basic language to find your way around a French town. You will learn how to understand...

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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Mar 2016

  • French: En ville

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    French: En ville Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Mar 2016
    This free course, French: En ville, helps you to acquire the basic language to...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Apr 2017
    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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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Apr 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Apr 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    BA (Honours) Humanities
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Apr 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Apr 2017
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Apr 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the...

    BA (Honours) Language Studies

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    BA (Honours) Language Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Apr 2017
    Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language,...

    Mises au point: advanced French

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Extend your French language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing –...

    Bon départ: beginners' French

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    Bon départ: beginners' French
    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Learn to speak and understand French in a wide range of practical situations, and...

    Envol: upper intermediate French

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    Envol: upper intermediate French
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Extend your French language skills and cultural knowledge with this upper...