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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 Credit: Jeangagnon under CC-BY-SA licence New content
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...

Learn 40 hand signals used by the Aboriginal people of the Western Australian Desert

Learn 40 hand signals used by the Aboriginal people of the Western Australian Desert Creative commons image Credit: Michael Theis under CC-BY-ND licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
Long before the invention of telegraphy, never mind mobile phones, the people of the Australian desert had a way to communicate across distances.

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression Creative commons image Credit: John Phelan under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Aug 2015
Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath's journals suggest it might be...

Introducing language and creativity

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Introducing language and creativity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jul 2015
Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older?

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older? Creative commons image Credit: Paul Joseph under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Bugs Bunny normally has a New York accent - but, when he's depicted as an old rabbit, his accent changes completely. What's up with that, Doc?

Language of Comedy

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Language of Comedy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
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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Language of Comedy - Catchphrases Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
The Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases.

Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour

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Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
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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Cànan nan Gàidheal

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Cànan nan Gàidheal Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 01 Sep 2011
’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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Gaelic in modern Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 25 Aug 2011
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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Croeso: beginners' Welsh Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
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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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Reading classical Greek: language and literature

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Reading classical Greek: language and literature Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Learn to speak and understand Italian in various practical situations, and get a real feel for Italian life with this carefully structured...