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Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest

Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
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...

OpenLearn Live: 21st January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 21st January 2016 Creative commons image German Federal Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jan 2016
The writer who was hounded by the Nazis and the anti-Communists. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 18th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 18th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: West German government
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2016
Telling tales of rural Germany from the heart of Berlin. Then more free learning through the day.

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...

The legend of the Pied Piper

The legend of the Pied Piper Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2015
The story of the Pied Piper dates way back into German history - way back before Robert Browning got involved...

Auftakt: intermediate German

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Auftakt: intermediate German Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 01 Jan 2015
Do you want to improve your German while learning about life and culture in Germany and Austria? The 20 tracks in this album are devised as a...

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts Copyrighted image Copyright: Alexander Vasilyev | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The fall of the Berlin Wall had a great impact, especially in the world of the arts. 

The Great Fall: How it happened

The Great Fall: How it happened Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
How did the fall of the Berlin Wall come about? 

The Great Fall: A personal perspective, before and after

The Great Fall: A personal perspective, before and after Creative commons image via Flickr under Creative Commons licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
A personal take on experiences before and after the Berlin Wall fell from an Open University lecturer in Classical Studies. 

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Beginners’ German: Food and drink

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Beginners’ German: Food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: © Elena Kouptsova-Vasic/dreamstime.com.
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Apr 2016
This free course, Beginners' German: Food and drink, provides materials at German for beginners level that support the development of listening,...

Rundblick: beginners' German

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Rundblick: beginners' German
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course, Rundblick: beginners' German, will take you on a journey through German...

German: Regionen, Traditionen und Geschichte

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German: Regionen, Traditionen und Geschichte Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
If you already have a good working knowledge of the German language, this free course, German: Regionen, Traditionen und Geschichte, will help to...

Landschaftliche Vielfalt

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Landschaftliche Vielfalt Copyrighted image Copyright: © Gerrit Warnking, www.flickr.com/photos/chipsmitmayo;
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
German regions and landscapes, local traditions and the notion of Heimat are at the centre of this free course, Landschaftliche Vielfalt. You will...

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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 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 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 25 May 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...

Variationen: advanced German

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Variationen: advanced German Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Extend your German language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing – develop your knowledge of contemporary German culture, and complete...

Auftakt: intermediate German

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Auftakt: intermediate German Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course will develop your confidence in understanding, speaking and reading German, and offers an insight into German-speaking countries and...

Motive: upper intermediate German

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Motive: upper intermediate German Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Extend your German language skills and cultural knowledge with this upper intermediate course, which includes a residential week in Germany (or...

Rundblick: beginners' German

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Rundblick: beginners' German Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Learn to speak and understand German in a wide range of practical situations, and explore life in German-speaking communities with this carefully...