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David Bowie: identity is creativity

David Bowie: identity is creativity Creative commons image Mike Burns under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
Bowie's constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art, says Frank Monaghan.

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...

Mizuki Shigeru: An appreciation

Mizuki Shigeru: An appreciation Creative commons image At By At under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2015
Manga artist, folklorist and icon Mizuki Shigeru has died. Nevin Thompson explains the role he played in Japanese culture, and why he'll be so...

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda?

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda? Creative commons image Adam Cohn under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
English is the official language of Uganda - but this shouldn't be at the expense of other languages, argues Judith Nakayiza and Medadi...

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day Creative commons image By spo0nman via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Oct 2015
Get your quills at the ready and your thesaurus on standby for this collection of content exploring the magical world of poetry on National Poetry...

How can languages further your career?

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How can languages further your career? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Sep 2015
Discover how speaking a different language can make you more employable with this short video. 

Catalan resurgent: how a language has gone from ban to boom

Catalan resurgent: how a language has gone from ban to boom Creative commons image Byronv2 under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Sep 2015
Cruelly supressed during the Franco regime, the Catalan language is experiencing a revival - and bringing a sense of pride with it.

Why is fish the translator's nightmare?

Why is fish the translator's nightmare? Creative commons image Jitze Couperus under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Sep 2015
The blogger The Honourable Husband recalls a meal where language skills struggled to get a grip of a fish.

Do sperm whales speak with local accents?

Do sperm whales speak with local accents? Creative commons image Amila Tenakoon under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Sep 2015
A new survey suggests that sperm whale culture might be surprisingly elaborate - and that whales have regional dialects.

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...

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Cànan nan Gàidheal

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Cànan nan Gàidheal Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2012
’S e dùthaich ioma-chànanach a tha ann an Alba an-diugh. Tha a’ Ghàidhlig, Albais agus Beurla, còmhla ri cànain Eòrpach agus eile a tha nise san...

Gaelic in modern Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2012
Modern Scotland is a multi-lingual country. Gaelic, Scots and English, along with newer introductions from Europe and beyond, all influence the way...

Croeso: beginners' Welsh

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 10 Feb 2011
Are you interested in learning more about one of Europe's oldest languages? Or would you simply like to brush up on your Welsh? Then look no...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 12 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 12 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 12 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) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 12 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 12 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...

Reading classical Greek: language and literature

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Reading classical Greek: language and literature Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Teaches beginners the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to start reading classical Greek texts in the original and introduces the culture of...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Teaches beginners to speak and understand simple Chinese (Mandarin) in a wide range of practical, everyday situations, and explores aspects of...

Vivace: intermediate Italian

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Vivace: intermediate Italian Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Develop your confidence in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Italian, while gaining insights into many aspects of everyday life in...

Exploring languages and cultures

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Exploring languages and cultures Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module introduces key concepts relating to languages, language learning and plurilingualism. You will develop intercultural skills and...

Andante: beginners' Italian

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Andante: beginners' Italian Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Learn to speak and understand Italian in various practical situations, and get a real feel for Italian life with this carefully structured...