Explore.
Watch, listen, debate & discover with our experts

RSS Icon

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...

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...

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

Featuring: VideoVideo AudioAudio
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...

Debate: Saving dying languages

Debate: Saving dying languages Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Oct 2009
Forum member David A Cooper had an interest in the future of languages under threat

Debate: Pacific v specific

Debate: Pacific v specific Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jul 2009
Forum member Dianeuk raised a pet hate

Hinglish, Pinglish, Binglish, Minglish

Hinglish, Pinglish, Binglish, Minglish Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Jun 2007
The head of the Rewchand Bhojwani Academy finds the multilingualism of Indian society has positive advantages, even though it makes it harder to...

Under pressure

Under pressure Creative commons image Credit: katethepirate under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jun 2007
Indian children are under pressure to be able to use English fluently in a political setting.

Try.
Free extracts from OU course materials

RSS Icon

Getting started on Classical Latin

Free CourseFree Course
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

Free CourseFree Course Featuring: VideoVideo
English grammar in context Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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

Free CourseFree Course Featuring: VideoVideo
What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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

Free CourseFree Course Featuring: VideoVideo
Language as a medium for teaching and learning Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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

Free CourseFree Course
How to frame a business case Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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

Free CourseFree Course Featuring: VideoVideo AudioAudio ActivityActivity
Learning a second language Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Am I ready to study in English?

Free CourseFree Course
Am I ready to study in English? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Business English: Researching a new location

Free CourseFree Course Featuring: AudioAudio
Business English: Researching a new location Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate Level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

Business English: Making decisions

Free CourseFree Course Featuring: AudioAudio
Business English: Making decisions Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate Level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

Business English: Presenting the decision

Free CourseFree Course Featuring: AudioAudio
Business English: Presenting the decision Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate Level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...