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OpenLearn Live: 11th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 11th August 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Antonio Firmino Monteiro / digitised Halley Pacheco de Oliveira
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2016
Why Rio isn't rio, and a machine for detecting smells. Then more free learning through the day.

Titty or Tatty: What's in a name?

Titty or Tatty: What's in a name? Creative commons image Adapted from a Creative Commons work by Neil Piddock under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2016
Quite a lot, as it turns out. Severine Hubscher-Davidson explores why texts need to change with the times - and why some things are better...

How can statistics bring dead languages back to life?

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How can statistics bring dead languages back to life? Copyright free image Copyright free: Gellinger
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
Languages long unspoken are being brought back to life through statistical models.

OpenLearn Live: 13th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 13th July 2016 Creative commons image Victorddt under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jul 2016
The Therese whose name nearly echoed down musical history; a linguistic approach to Adele's swearing; and a guide to Prime Ministership. Free...

Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca?

Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca? Copyright free image Copyright free: Al-Mut
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2016
With the monoglot Brits no longer trotting in to Brussels, will English start to loosen its grip on the EU - and beyond?

Reeta Chakrabarti on language and culture

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Reeta Chakrabarti on language and culture Copyrighted image Copyright: Richard Gardner/REX/Shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
Schools in Birmingham and Kolkata; time as a student in Oxford and France - growing up, Reeta Chakrabarti was exposed to a lot of cultures and...

What is emotive language and why is it used?

What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order...

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students?

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students? Creative commons image Enrico under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
Teachers who can only speak one language can, through the Golem Effect, hurt students who are able to communicate in more than a single tongue,...

Is cleaning a route to a better life for migrants?

Is cleaning a route to a better life for migrants? Copyright free image Copyright free: Unsplash
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 May 2016
New research in Finland suggests that the time demands, insecurity and relative isolation of cleaning work may make the dream of integration harder...

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Getting started on classical Latin

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Getting started on classical Latin Copyrighted image Copyright: The Art Archive/Alamy
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in response to requests from learners who had had no contact with Latin...

Cànan nan Gàidheal

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Cànan nan Gàidheal Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Mar 2016
’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 Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Mar 2016
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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 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...