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A short introduction to the English language

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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. It aims to give a media-rich introduction to a selection of the key issues which form the basis of the Open University’s undergraduate curriculum in English language studies. 

Interested in taking your learning further? You might find it helpful to explore the Open University’s English language courses and qualifications.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the range of roles that language plays in people's lives and in society
  • understand how the English language has developed over the past 1,500 years, and how it has gained the status of a global language
  • understand the challenges and opportunities that stem from the relationship between technology and language.

First Published: 17/04/2023

Updated: 17/04/2023

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