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Getting started on ancient Greek free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Getting started on ancient Greek

This free course, Getting started on ancient Greek, offers a taster of the ancient Greek world through the study of one of its most distinctive and enduring features: its language.The course approaches the language methodically, starting with the alphabet and effective ways to memorise it, before building up to complete Greek words and sentences. Along the way, you will see numerous real examples of Greek as written on objects from the ancient world.

Free course
16 hrs
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A freelance career in the creative arts free course icon Level Badge icon

History & The Arts 

A freelance career in the creative arts

A freelance career in the creative arts is a free badged course which lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week, there’s nothing to stop you pushing on and completing another week’s study. This course has a specific focus on the creative arts, looking at how you can develop your ideas in the cultural industries and the particular issues related to creative freelance careers. The course is pitched at beginner level, for individuals who already have a creative idea but limited knowledge of freelancing and business. You’ll start by enhancing your understanding of what freelancing and running your own business actually means, learning from the experiences of others in your situation through case studies included throughout the course. You’ll reflect on your current position, analysing the advantages and disadvantages of choosing this career path and considering where you want to get to in the future. You’ll learn how to identify your audience and markets and develop your networks and partnerships, exploring innovative ways to promote yourself and create interest and potentially investment in your business. Finally, you will have the opportunity to identify goals and develop an action plan. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to reflect on your experiences and learning through a series of short activities.

Free course
24 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

What happens to you when you read?

Ever wondered about the psychology of literature or stories? Or how a certain narrative might change our attitude or perspective? This free course, What happens to you when you read? explores our relationship with books and the ways in which engaging with fiction in particular can change readers.  Research shows that as well as providing us with a form of entertainment, the activity of reading can bring benefits to our wellbeing in challenging times. People have experienced and explored these benefits throughout history. A good story can entertain us, develop our creativity and imagination, and transport us to different fictional worlds, but it can change us psychologically as well. Transcript As you work your way through this course, you will have the chance to participate in both reading and writing activities and experience for yourself what happens to you when you read.

Free course
3 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Reading Shakespeare's As You Like It

Do you enjoy watching Shakespeare's plays and like the idea of finding out more about them? This free course, Reading Shakespeare's As You Like It, will guide you through some of the most important speeches and scenes from one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.

Free course
6 hrs
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Education & Development 

English: skills for learning

Develop the English reading and writing skills needed for university success.

Free course
24 hrs
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Icarus: entering the world of myth free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Icarus: entering the world of myth

This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of the best-known myths from classical antiquity and its various re-tellings in later periods. You will begin by examining how the Icarus story connects with a number of other ancient myths, such as that of Theseus and the Minotaur. You will then be guided through an in-depth reading of Icarus’ story as told by the Roman poet Ovid, one of the most important and sophisticated figures in the history of ancient myth-making. After this you will study the way in which Ovid’s Icarus myth has been reworked and transformed by later poets and painters.

Free course
3 hrs
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Languages 

Everyday English 1

This free course, Everyday English 1, will develop and improve your essential speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for work, study and everyday life.

Free course
48 hrs
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Languages 

Everyday English 2

This free course, Everyday English 2, will inspire you to improve your current English skills and help you to communicate more effectively in everyday work and life.

Free course
48 hrs
Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2 free course icon

Languages 

Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

This free course will develop and improve your speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for your work in the health, social care and education sector.

Free course
48 hrs
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Languages 

Everyday English for Construction and Engineering 2

This free course, adapted for the construction and engineering sector, will develop and improve your speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for your work, everyday life and further studies.

Free course
48 hrs
A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis free course icon Level

Languages 

A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis

This free course, A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis, is an introduction to the history of writing, and the key role it plays in human communication. It tracks this history from the invention of writing around 5500 years ago to the mass popularity of emojis today.

Free course
5 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as well as Selvon's treatment of memory as a vital part of the migrant's experience.

Free course
10 hrs
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