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OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jan 2016
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...

Star Wars: La syntaxe du français avec Maître Yoda

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Star Wars: La syntaxe du français avec Maître Yoda
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

May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages Creative commons image 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...

Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life

Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life Copyrighted image 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...

Speak in colours!

Speak in colours! Creative commons image 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 ...

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 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...

Bon départ: beginners’ French second edition

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Bon départ: beginners’ French second edition Copyrighted image 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 people in Paris discuss their daily routines?...

European Day of Languages Quiz

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European Day of Languages Quiz
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).

European Day of Languages Quiz

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European Day of Languages Quiz
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2012
Learn your 'ti' from your 'cha' with this quiz on different languages to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September)

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Beginners’ French: food and drink

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Beginners’ French: food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: © Ian Shaw/Alamy.
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: Food and...

Cultures

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 10 Apr 2015
In this free course, Cultures, you will address the question of traditional music and music from the francophone world, and you will examine the...

French: En ville

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French: En ville Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
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...

French: Ouverture

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French: Ouverture
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2014
This free course, French: Ouverture, is taken from Ouverture, a language module that concentrates on French as a tool for communication, but it...

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 17 Jul 2014
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...

French: Le quatorze juillet

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French: Le quatorze juillet Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Sep 2012
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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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
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...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...

Bon départ: beginners' French

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Bon départ: beginners' French Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Learn to speak and understand French in a wide range of practical situations, and explore French life and culture with this carefully structured...

Ouverture: intermediate French

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Ouverture: intermediate French Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course will develop your confidence in understanding, speaking and reading simple French, and offers an insight into French-speaking societies...

Envol: upper intermediate French

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Envol: upper intermediate French Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Extend your French language skills and cultural knowledge with this upper intermediate course, which includes a residential school in France (or...