Skip to content

Filter pages by:

More filter options

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

RSS Icon
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © BBC

    The Secret Life of Books

    Uncover the secrets of classic works of fiction that we all know and love.

    Learn more: The Secret Life of Books

    TV Programme

    Updated on:

    20 Oct 2020

  • The Secret Life of Books

    Updated 20 Oct 2020
    Uncover the secrets of classic works of fiction that we all know and love.
  • Happy birthday Shakespeare!

    It has been over 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his works still 'play on' today. Explore the life, times and legacy of the Bard of Avon...

    Read now: Happy birthday Shakespeare! about Managing projects through people

    Article

    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Apr 2020

  • Happy birthday Shakespeare!

    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 23 Apr 2020
    It has been over 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his works still 'play on' today. Explore the life, times and legacy of the Bard of Avon...
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime

    Ten top tips for writing a novel

    By Sally O'Reilly

    Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...

    Read now: Ten top tips for writing a novel about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Dec 2019

  • Ten top tips for writing a novel

    Ten top tips for writing a novel Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Dec 2019
    Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Learning English

    Shakespeare Speaks

    Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.

    Learn more: Shakespeare Speaks

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Shakespeare Speaks

    Featuring: Video Video
    Introductory level Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team

    Globalisation and the English language

    By Dr Maria Leedham

    Globalisation has influenced the evolution of the English language the most, according to Dr Maria Leedham, in this short piece based on the transcript of a phone interview.

    Read now: Globalisation and the English language about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Globalisation and the English language

    Globalisation and the English language Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Globalisation has influenced the evolution of the English language the most, according to Dr Maria Leedham, in this short piece based on the transcript of a...
  • Creative commons image Icon Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license

    What is emotive language and why is it used?

    By Nigel Warburton

    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order to achieve your desired effects.

    Read now: What is emotive language and why is it used? about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • What is emotive language and why is it used?

    What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Icon Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order to achieve...
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team

    Global English

    By David Graddol

    David Graddol explores how a language from an island on the corner of the continent went global

    Read now: Global English about Managing projects through people

    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Global English

    Global English Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    David Graddol explores how a language from an island on the corner of the continent went global
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Thinkstock

    From old English to modern English

    By Marisa Lohr

    Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings - how did they impact the English language? Marisa Lohr traces the origins and development of the English language, from its early beginnings around 450 AD to the modern global language we use today.

    Read now: From old English to modern English about Managing projects through people

    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Mar 2019

  • From old English to modern English

    From old English to modern English Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Thinkstock
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2019
    Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings - how did they impact the English language? Marisa Lohr traces the origins and development of the English language, from its...
  • Ta, cheers, much obliged: A brief history of 'thanks' in English

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    There's more to just saying thank you than you think. Philip Seargeant delves into the fascinating linguistics of expressing gratitude. 

    Read now: Ta, cheers, much obliged: A brief history of 'thanks' in English about Managing projects through people

    Article

    Updated on:

    13 Nov 2018

  • Ta, cheers, much obliged: A brief history of 'thanks' in English

    Updated 13 Nov 2018
    There's more to just saying thank you than you think. Philip Seargeant delves into the fascinating linguistics of expressing gratitude. 
  • World Emoji Day

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    This week, on July 17th, it's World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren Laverne, academic insights and related FREE courses.

    Watch now: World Emoji Day about Managing projects through people

    Video

    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Jul 2018

  • World Emoji Day

    Featuring: Video Video
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 17 Jul 2018
    This week, on July 17th, it's World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren...

    Free OpenLearn courses.
    Free extracts from OU course materials

    RSS Icon
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © BBC

    The Secret Life of Books

    Uncover the secrets of classic works of fiction that we all know and love.

    Learn more: The Secret Life of Books

    TV Programme

    Updated on:

    20 Oct 2020

  • The Secret Life of Books

    Updated 20 Oct 2020
    Uncover the secrets of classic works of fiction that we all know and love.
  • Happy birthday Shakespeare!

    It has been over 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his works still 'play on' today. Explore the life, times and legacy of the Bard of Avon...

    Read now: Happy birthday Shakespeare! about Managing projects through people

    Article

    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Apr 2020

  • Happy birthday Shakespeare!

    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 23 Apr 2020
    It has been over 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his works still 'play on' today. Explore the life, times and legacy of the Bard of Avon...
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime

    Ten top tips for writing a novel

    By Sally O'Reilly

    Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...

    Read now: Ten top tips for writing a novel about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Dec 2019

  • Ten top tips for writing a novel

    Ten top tips for writing a novel Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Dec 2019
    Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: fstop123/iStock/Getty Images

    Creative writing and critical reading

    This free course Creative writing and critical reading explores the importance of reading as part of a creative writers development at the postgraduate level You will gain inspiration and ideas from examining other writers methods as well as enhancing your critical reading skills Examples will cover the genres of fiction creative nonfiction poetry and scriptwriting

    Learn: Creative writing and critical reading more

    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Sep 2019

  • Creative writing and critical reading

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Audio Audio
    Creative writing and critical reading Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: fstop123/iStock/Getty Images
    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 05 Sep 2019
    This free course, Creative writing and critical reading, explores the importance...
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Learning English

    Shakespeare Speaks

    Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.

    Learn more: Shakespeare Speaks

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Shakespeare Speaks

    Featuring: Video Video
    Introductory level Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team

    Globalisation and the English language

    By Dr Maria Leedham

    Globalisation has influenced the evolution of the English language the most, according to Dr Maria Leedham, in this short piece based on the transcript of a phone interview.

    Read now: Globalisation and the English language about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Globalisation and the English language

    Globalisation and the English language Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Globalisation has influenced the evolution of the English language the most, according to Dr Maria Leedham, in this short piece based on the transcript of a...
  • Creative commons image Icon Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license

    What is emotive language and why is it used?

    By Nigel Warburton

    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order to achieve your desired effects.

    Read now: What is emotive language and why is it used? about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • What is emotive language and why is it used?

    What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Icon Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order to achieve...
  • Article

    45 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Example Interview Transcripts

    Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Read the transcripts of the example interviews
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team

    Global English

    By David Graddol

    David Graddol explores how a language from an island on the corner of the continent went global

    Read now: Global English about Managing projects through people

    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Global English

    Global English Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    David Graddol explores how a language from an island on the corner of the continent went global
  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Thinkstock

    From old English to modern English

    By Marisa Lohr

    Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings - how did they impact the English language? Marisa Lohr traces the origins and development of the English language, from its early beginnings around 450 AD to the modern global language we use today.

    Read now: From old English to modern English about Managing projects through people

    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Mar 2019

  • From old English to modern English

    From old English to modern English Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Thinkstock
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2019
    Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings - how did they impact the English language? Marisa Lohr traces the origins and development of the English language, from its...