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Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca?

Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca? Copyright free image Copyright free: Al-Mut
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2016
With the monoglot Brits no longer trotting in to Brussels, will English start to loosen its grip on the EU - and beyond?

How do you read a person their rights when English isn't their first language?

How do you read a person their rights when English isn't their first language? Creative commons image Steve Rhodes under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
A new set of guidelines offers law enforcement officers ways to ensure language skills aren't a bar to understanding your rights when arrested.

Shakespeare Speaks

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Shakespeare Speaks Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC Learning English
Introductory level Updated 19 Jan 2016
Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda?

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda? Creative commons image Adam Cohn under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
English is the official language of Uganda - but this shouldn't be at the expense of other languages, argues Judith Nakayiza and Medadi...

Introducing language and creativity

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Introducing language and creativity Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jul 2015
Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.

Parlez-vous Eurovision?

Parlez-vous Eurovision? Creative commons image Ngo Quang Minh under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 May 2015
As English-language songs dominate the Eurovision Song Contest in its 60th anniversary, this article explores why so many of the songs are sung in...

Bridging and the English language

Bridging and the English language Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Jul 2014
Dr Fiona Doloughan, lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, thinks the fact that English has become a bridging language...

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Language and creativity

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 27 Jul 2016
This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and creativity, to the roles that linguistic creativity plays in culture...