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Loss of diversity and the English language

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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 the 17th century to the present day

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Updated 19 Jun 2014
Part two: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English from the 17th century to...

The evolution of English: From Romans to Shakespeare

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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...

Discover English in the LearningSpace

Discover English in the LearningSpace Creative commons image Credit: incurable_hippie under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2011
Want to get to know our mother tongue like one of your own family? Spend some time in the LearningSpace...

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: By mag3737 via Flickr 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 Credit: 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 Credit: richardrichard under CC-BY-ND licence
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.

English In Action

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English In Action Copyrighted image Credit: Apple
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Mar 2010
English In Action are using mobile technology to create new ways of teaching and learning.

The language of private capital

The language of private capital Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2009
The rise of the private equity firms may not necessarily be a bad thing, but on the other hand, the idea of using one language for business may not...

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Getting started on Classical Latin

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Getting started on Classical Latin Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Dec 2013
Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This unit will provide you with a general introduction to learning Latin allowing you to assess...

English grammar in context

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
The use of grammar is more complex than it appears. This unit looks at the way grammar can be used as a tool for adapting our communications (both...

What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective

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Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Feb 2013
This unit serves as an introduction to the discipline of applied linguistics. It examines what is meant by ‘language’, what its main...

Language as a medium for teaching and learning

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Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 15 Aug 2012
Are you interested in English language education? This unit examines the use of language as a cultural tool which allows humans to become involved...

How to frame a business case

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Jun 2012
This unit looks at reading strategies which help you to frame a business case. In particular, you will learn how to use key business concepts to...

Learning a second language

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Masters level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Apr 2012
In this unit we will consider how students learn how to make meaning through learning additional languages which could be second, third or even...

Language and Meaning: How We Learn

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Language and Meaning: How We Learn Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Masters level Duration 30 mins Updated 20 Dec 2011
What do English language teachers in the early 21st century need to know about the relationship between language and meaning? How can teachers...

Perceptions of English literature

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Perceptions of English literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 25 mins Updated 26 Oct 2011
To what extent has the definition of English literature changed over the last 50 years? What criteria do we use when classifying a novel as English...

Am I ready to study in English?

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Oct 2011
Even if you feel confident using English in everyday situations, studying in English at higher education level might present extra challenges. This...

English: Language of controversy

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English: Language of controversy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 12 Aug 2011
Is English a force for good? What have been the ramifications of this language’s dominance in ex colonies and also throughout the world?...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

BA (Honours) English Literature

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BA (Honours) English Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Arts and languages Access module

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Arts and languages Access module Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
Increase your confidence, improve your study skills, and prepare yourself for a range of qualifications in art history, English, English language...

English grammar in context

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014 Register by 18 Sep 2014
Understand how English ‘works’ in a wide range of contexts, including the media, academic writing and everyday conversation, on this practical and...

The art of English

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014 Register by 18 Sep 2014
Explore creativity in the English language: from everyday use (conversation, children’s language, correspondence, online chat) to ‘high culture’...

MA English part 1

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Masters level Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Sep 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
Expand on your previous study and prepare for your dissertation through an exploration of a rich variety of literary texts, from the ancient past...