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About The Open Centre for Languages and Cultures video icon

Languages

About The Open Centre for Languages and Cultures

Welcome to the OpenLearn Hub of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures, a collection of free taster courses in a range of languages and communication-related subjects.

Video
5 mins
Introduction to Arabic free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Introduction to Arabic

In this free course you will learn the Arabic alphabet, vowels, and also a little bit about the history of the Arabic language.

Free course
4 hrs
Creativity and artificial intelligence video icon

Languages

Creativity and artificial intelligence

Is artificial intelligence capable of being creative? This animation and associated article looks at the meaning of 'creativity' and whether machines can carry out creative tasks.

Video
5 mins
Hafan: What do you know about Welsh language and culture? activity icon

Languages

Hafan: What do you know about Welsh language and culture?

The future of Wales is as exciting as its past. Take our challenge, listen to stories from the locals and get to grips with Welsh culture and language.

Activity
15 mins
A short introduction to the English language free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

A short introduction to the English language

This free course, A short introduction to the English language, will look at the role language plays in our lives, with a particular focus on the English language. It will examine the history and the future of the language, from the Anglo-Saxons and Shakespeare to social media communication and stand-up comedy.

Free course
5 hrs
The interplay of language and culture in times of crisis: COVID-19 and beyond article icon

Languages

The interplay of language and culture in times of crisis: COVID-19 and beyond

How important is language and culture in times of crises? This article explores some examples, including zero-COVID China and the war in Ukraine.

Article
5 mins
Introduction to Ukrainian language and culture free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Introduction to Ukrainian language and culture

Building on the experience developed since the launch of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures, this free short course provides an introduction to Ukrainian languages and culture. This course is for everybody who is interested in finding out about Ukraine and its people and wants to get a first insight into its rich cultural heritage. ...

Free course
25 hrs
An introduction to intercultural competence in the workplace free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

An introduction to intercultural competence in the workplace

You might think that knowing about country facts or differences between cultures is the key to being interculturally competent – but that is in fact only a small piece of the puzzle! Intercultural competence is an umbrella term for a range of qualities, attitudes and skills that allow you to mediate and communicate appropriately and effectively ...

Free course
6 hrs
AI matters free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

AI matters

Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents great opportunity, but also significant disruption for modern societies and cultures. This free online short course investigates the historical, ethical and social issues surrounding this technology. It is aimed at people interested in understanding where this technology has come from, the kinds of ...

Free course
6 hrs
Emotion management for translators article icon

Languages

Emotion management for translators

Find out more about this training package on emotion management. The training is designed for translators working as employees in organisations who need to employ specific emotional skills in their working context.

Article
5 mins
Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course

This free course, Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course, provides a brief introduction to the Tamil language and its scripts and sounds. You will learn how to greet people and introduce yourself, as well as how to count from one to ten. You will also be introduced to Tamil society and culture and will learn about the food and music popular in ...

Free course
4 hrs
Getting started with Italian 3 free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Getting started with Italian 3

In this free course, Getting started with Italian 3, you will learn and practise how to make enquiries about travel times using the 12-hour and 24-hour clock. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the Tuscan Archipelago and about ferry services in Italy. The course also explores the Italian rail network and you'll learn vocabulary for ...

Free course
8 hrs
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