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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
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.

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists Copyrighted image Copyright: RedLBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
Latin American scientists are coming together to promote their work more widely. Felix Moronta explains how.

Can cartoons help keep indigenous Mexican languages alive?

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Can cartoons help keep indigenous Mexican languages alive? Copyright free image Copyright free: USC Libraries Special Collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
A new project, 68 Tongues, 68 hearts, aims to help keep the indigenous languages of Mexico alive.

OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2015

OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
The week when the people rose against the church and military in Barcelona. 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...

OpenLearn Live: 7th December 2015

OpenLearn Live: 7th December 2015 Creative commons image Mdeman under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2015
The Arc De Triomf is our gateway to a week focusing on Barcelona. Then more free learning across the day.

Daughters of Spain timeline

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Daughters of Spain timeline
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Oct 2015
Meet some of Spain’s extraordinary women through the centuries in this interactive timeline.

Designing the Spanish nation

Designing the Spanish nation Creative commons image "Flag-map of Spain (subdivisions)" by Eddo - Own workThis vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Comunidades autónomas de España.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de Andalucia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Aragon.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Asturias.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Balearic Islands.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Canary Islands.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Cantabria.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Castile-La Mancha.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Castile and León.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Catalonia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de la Comunidad Valenciana (2x3).svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Extremadura.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Galicia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of La Rioja (with coat of arms).svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Community of Madrid.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Basque Country.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Region of Murcia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de Navarra.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Canary Islands.svg.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Sep 2015
Delve into the politics behind the national symbols of modern Spain. 

Dancing to the rhythm of cultures

Dancing to the rhythm of cultures Copyrighted image Copyright: Shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Sep 2015
Spain exhibits a vast array of traditional dances all over the country. 

Portales: beginners' Spanish second edition

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Portales: beginners' Spanish second edition Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 10 Oct 2013
How do people greet each other and introduce themselves in Spanish? How do they talk about their lives or their everyday activities?...

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La canción protesta

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La canción protesta
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free course, La canción protesta, will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and...

Spanish: Perspectivas porteñas

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Spanish: Perspectivas porteñas Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
This free course, Spanish: Perspectivas porteas, uses a documentary about artists in Buenos Aires to help you to develop your listening skills. By...

Ciudades con Historia

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Ciudades con Historia Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 11 Mar 2016
In this free course, Ciudades con Historia, you will learn about the history of Spain and the important place of Arab and Jewish cultures in...

Spanish: Con mis propias manos

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Spanish: Con mis propias manos Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Feb 2016
This free course, Spanish: Con mis propias manos, is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking societies and...

Spanish: espacios públicos

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Spanish: espacios públicos Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Spanish: Espacios públicos,...

Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

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Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: Mike Truman
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Beginners’ Spanish: food and...

A Buen Puerto: Fast Forward in Spanish

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A Buen Puerto: Fast Forward in Spanish Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Advanced level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 03 Sep 2008
This is an advanced-level course using a variety of authentic materials from Spain and Latin America to improve your language skills and knowledge...

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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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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...

Portales: beginners' Spanish

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Portales: beginners' Spanish Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Learn to speak and understand Spanish in various practical situations, and get a real feel for Hispanic cultures with this carefully structured...

Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish

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Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Extend your Spanish language skills and cultural knowledge with this upper intermediate course, which includes a residential school in Spain (or...

En rumbo: intermediate Spanish

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En rumbo: intermediate Spanish Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Develop your confidence in understanding, speaking and reading Spanish, while gaining an insight into Spanish and Latin American society and culture.