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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.

Outside the Book

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Oct 2014
What function does comedy serve? What do people in power learn by watching tragedies? In this collection of five animations comedienne Josie Long...

OU on the BBC: The Secret Life of Books

OU on the BBC: The Secret Life of Books Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 10 Jul 2014
Uncover the secrets of six classic works of fiction that we all know and love.

Loss of diversity and the English language

Loss of diversity and the English language Copyrighted image Copyright: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Jul 2014
Dr Daniel Allington thinks loss of diversity has impacted on the development of the English Language the most 

The evolution of English: From Romans to Shakespeare

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The evolution of English: From Romans to Shakespeare Creative commons image Steve Johnson under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Updated 19 Jun 2014
Part one: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English starting with the Roman...

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 22 Jun 2011
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive...

Day 10 - Plain English Day

Day 10 - Plain English Day Creative commons image By mag3737 via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2010
As we approach the season where families and friends get together to talk, talk, talk, we delve into the world of gobbledygook to commemorate Plain...

It was a dark and stormy night: The rise of Gothic fiction

It was a dark and stormy night: The rise of Gothic fiction Copyrighted image Copyright: Ronfromyork | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Oct 2010
Are you a fan of ‘Frankenstein’ or a devotee of ‘Dracula’? Do you shiver at the graveyard scene in ‘Great Expectations’? Explore the surge of...

The fable of fraternity, fratricide and weasel-word wisdom

The fable of fraternity, fratricide and weasel-word wisdom Creative commons image richardrichard under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Oct 2010
Falling back on jargon provides comfort, but not much clarity, as markets attempt the trade-off between size and stability.

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English grammar in context

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English grammar in context Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Jan 2016
What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English...

Getting started on Classical Latin

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, will introduce you to learning Latin. You...

Learning a second language

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Feb 2015
In this free course, Learning a second language, we will consider how students learn how to make meaning through learning additional languages...

How to be a critical reader

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Dec 2014
In this free course you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of...

What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Feb 2013
This free course, What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective, serves as an introduction to the discipline of applied linguistics. It...

Business English: Researching a new location

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Researching a new location, will help you with the language difficulties...

Business English: Making decisions

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Making decisions, will help you with the language difficulties that can...

Exploring the English language

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Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 03 Sep 2012
How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What are the social and political contexts that have affected how these...

Business English: Presenting the decision

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Sep 2012
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Presenting the decision, will help you with the language difficulties that...

Language as a medium for teaching and learning

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 15 Aug 2012
Are you interested in English language education? This free course, Language as a medium for teaching and learning, examines the use of language as...

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BA (Honours) English Literature

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
English literature is a broad and accessible subject that is important in its own right and offers connections to a wide range of other kinds of...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 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 06 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...

MA English part 1

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Advanced level Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Expand on your previous study and prepare for your dissertation through an exploration of a rich variety of literary texts, from the ancient past...

English for academic purposes online

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English for academic purposes online Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Develop the specific language skills you need for successful academic study in English.

Investigating language in action

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Investigating language in action Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This masters level course examines and reflects on the nature and use of language in action, and develops your skills in analysing English texts.

Reading and studying literature

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Reading and studying literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module will introduce you to the study of English literature by looking at a selection of texts from the Renaissance to the present day...

Worlds of English

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Worlds of English Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course looks at the history, diversity, and use of English around the world and explores the origins of the English language, how it has...

Arts and languages Access module

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Arts and languages Access module Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Increase your confidence, improve your study skills, and prepare yourself for a range of qualifications in art history, English, English language...