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  • Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly? Creative commons image Icon Dingram_kiwi under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly?

    By Miriam Faine

    An Australian perspective on why making English skills a key part of Citizenship may do less for social cohesion than...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Dec 2017

  • Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly?

    Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly? Creative commons image Icon Dingram_kiwi under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2017
    An Australian perspective on why making English skills a key part of Citizenship may do less for social cohesion than supporters of the idea believe.
  • Hinglish, Pinglish, Binglish, Minglish Creative commons image Icon leesean under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Hinglish, Pinglish, Binglish, Minglish

    By Madhavi Kapur

    The head of the Rewachand Bhojwani Academy finds the multilingualism of Indian society has positive advantages, even...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Sep 2017

  • Hinglish, Pinglish, Binglish, Minglish

    Hinglish, Pinglish, Binglish, Minglish Creative commons image Icon leesean under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Sep 2017
    The head of the Rewachand Bhojwani Academy finds the multilingualism of Indian society has positive advantages, even though it makes it harder to maintain...
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    "That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school

    By Shaun Delenty, Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact it can have on the pupils' views about homosexuality?...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • "That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school

    Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Prazis | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact it can have on the pupils' views about homosexuality? Find out with the founder of Inclusion...
  • How can your accent put your life at risk? Creative commons image Icon Greens MPs under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How can your accent put your life at risk?

    By Dr Ingrid Piller

    Stories from Australia and the US reveal how dangerous it can be when listeners fail to take people seriously because...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Mar 2017

  • How can your accent put your life at risk?

    How can your accent put your life at risk? Creative commons image Icon Greens MPs under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Stories from Australia and the US reveal how dangerous it can be when listeners fail to take people seriously because of their accented English.
  • An introduction to grammar Creative commons image Icon Chris Blakeley under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    An introduction to grammar

    What is grammar, and how does it help us communicate? Our short video reveals all...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Feb 2016

  • An introduction to grammar

    An introduction to grammar Creative commons image Icon Chris Blakeley under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Updated 24 Feb 2016
    What is grammar, and how does it help us communicate? Our short video reveals all...
  • Why is fish the translator's nightmare? Creative commons image Icon Jitze Couperus under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license

    Why is fish the translator's nightmare?

    By The Honourable Husband

    The blogger The Honourable Husband recalls a meal where language skills struggled to get a grip of a fish.

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Sep 2015

  • Why is fish the translator's nightmare?

    Why is fish the translator's nightmare? Creative commons image Icon 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

    What function does comedy serve? What do people in power learn by watching tragedies? In this collection of five animations comedienne Josie Long guides us...

    By The iTunes U team

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    Video

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Oct 2014

  • Outside the Book

    Outside the Book Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Oct 2014
    What function does comedy serve? What do people in power learn by watching...
  • OU on the BBC: The Secret Life of Books Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
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    Updated on:

    10 Jul 2014

  • OU on the BBC: The Secret Life of Books

    OU on the BBC: The Secret Life of Books Copyrighted image Icon 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 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Jupiter Images

    Loss of diversity and the English language

    By Dr Daniel Allington

    Dr Daniel Allington thinks loss of diversity has impacted on the development of the English Language the most

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Jul 2014

  • Loss of diversity and the English language

    Loss of diversity and the English language Copyrighted image Icon 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 the 17th century to the present day Creative commons image Icon Steve Johnson under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
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    19 Jun 2014

  • The evolution of English: From the 17th century to the present day

    The evolution of English: From the 17th century to the present day Creative commons image Icon Steve Johnson under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    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...

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  • English grammar in context

    What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English...

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    Free course

    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    25 May 2017

  • English grammar in context

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 25 May 2017
    What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar...
  • Paraphrasing text

    In this free course, Paraphrasing text, you will focus on the process of turning what you are reading into 'your own words', which is an essential...

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    Free course

    1 hour

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    15 Aug 2016

  • Paraphrasing text

    Paraphrasing text Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Aug 2016
    In this free course, Paraphrasing text, you will focus on the process of turning...
  • How to be a critical reader

    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...

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    Free course

    7 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2016

  • How to be a critical reader

    How to be a critical reader Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
    In this free course you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading...
  • Summarising text

    In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

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    Free course

    1 hour

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2016

  • Summarising text

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    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 14 Mar 2016
    In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise....
  • Business English: Researching a new location

    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Researching a new location, will help you with the language difficulties...

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2016

  • Business English: Researching a new location

    Business English: Researching a new location Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Researching...
  • Business English: Presenting the decision

    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Presenting the decision, will help you with the language difficulties that...

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Mar 2016

  • Business English: Presenting the decision

    Business English: Presenting the decision Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 11 Mar 2016
    Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Presenting...
  • How to frame a business case

    This free course, How to frame a business case, looks at reading strategies which help you to frame a business case. In particular, you will learn...

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Mar 2016

  • How to frame a business case

    How to frame a business case Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 Mar 2016
    This free course, How to frame a business case, looks at reading strategies which...
  • Exploring the English language

    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...

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    Free course

    9 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    09 Mar 2016

  • Exploring the English language

    Exploring the English language Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
    How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What...
  • Am I ready to study in English?

    Even if you feel confident using English in everyday situations, studying in English at higher education level might present extra challenges. This...

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • Am I ready to study in English?

    Am I ready to study in English? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
    Even if you feel confident using English in everyday situations, studying in...
  • Language as a medium for teaching and learning

    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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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • Language as a medium for teaching and learning

    Language as a medium for teaching and learning Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
    Are you interested in English language education? This free course, Language as a...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    BA (Honours) English Literature

    BA (Honours) English Literature Creative commons image Icon
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    English literature is a broad and accessible subject that is important in its own...

    BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

    BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the...

    BA (Honours) Language Studies

    BA (Honours) Language Studies Creative commons image Icon Quinn Dombrowski under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language,...

    Arts and languages Access module

    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018 Register by 10 Jan 2019
    Are you new to higher education study or returning after a break? This Access...

    The arts past and present

    The arts past and present Creative commons image Icon Professor Efraïm Rodriguez Cobos / epSos.de under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    This broadly-focused module introduces you to university-level study in the arts...

    Reading classical Greek: language and literature

    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    This module combines an introduction to classical Greek language with the study of...

    MA English part 1

    Advanced level Duration 1200 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018 Register by 20 Sep 2018
    In this masters-level module you will explore a rich and varied range of literary...

    Worlds of English

    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    What are the origins of the English language? How has it spread internationally?...
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