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Writing what you know

Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.

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8 hrs
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History & The Arts

Writing what you know

Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.

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Writing what you know

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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 can ----- while providing assistance with the practicalities of moving your company and relocating its employees. You will also learn how other companies have approached this task.

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5 hrs
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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 can ----- while providing assistance with the practicalities of moving your company and relocating its employees. You will also learn how other companies have approached this task.

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Business English: Presenting the decision

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Representations of hell in Christian art

Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou looks at Christian representations of Hell and how these have been historically used. 

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Download your free Towns booklet

Download your free booklet to accompany Towns with Nicholas Crane, which looks at the topics of connections, migration, diversity and power.

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The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland - Download your free newspaper

Find out all the breaking news in the university edition of the The Street newspaper.

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Heaven: What might it be like?

What might heaven look like, sound like, feel like?

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10 mins
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Maintaining social order with gruesome images of Hell

Angeliki Lymberopoulou, a Lecturer in Art History at The Open University, explains the meaning of a fresco in the church of Kitiros in Crete. 

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What have big meals got to do with Christmas?

We take a look at why feasting, giving gifts and spreading cheer goes hand in hand with the festive season. 

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What makes a great Christmas number one?

What do the Christmas chart-topping songs by Mr Blobby, Rage Against the Machine and Band Aid all have in common?

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Introducing Homer's Iliad

This free course, Introducing Homer's Iliad, focuses on the epic poem telling the story of the Trojan War. It begins with the wider cycle of myths of which the Iliad was a part. It then looks at the story of the poem itself and its major theme of Achilles' anger, in particular in the first seven lines. It examines some of the characteristic features of the text: metre, word order and epithets. Finally, it explores Homer's use of simile. The course should prepare you for reading the Iliad on your own with greater ease and interest.

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6 hrs
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