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    The Secret Life of Books

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

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    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.
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    Hearing Race: Can language use lead to racism?

    By Mel Green

    A new branch of the study of language seeks to explore the links between the language we use and the racial differences we experience. Can language have a race? In this article, Mel Green explores the links between race and language.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Sep 2020

  • Hearing Race: Can language use lead to racism?

    Hearing Race: Can language use lead to racism? Creative commons image Icon Marcus Young for OpenLearn under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Sep 2020
    A new branch of the study of language seeks to explore the links between the language we use and the racial differences we experience. Can language have...
  • What kind of sharer are you?

    By Dr Korina Giaxoglou

    As social media platforms become more and more popular, it’s become common to share everyday moments from our lives with friends and strangers alike. Has social media changed the way we share grief? 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Aug 2020

  • What kind of sharer are you?

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    As social media platforms become more and more popular, it’s become common to share everyday moments from our lives with friends and strangers alike. ...
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    The evolution of English: From the 17th century to the present day

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Part two: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English from the 17th century to the present day.

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    01 Jul 2020

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    Part two: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English from the 17th century to the...
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    Shakespeare Speaks

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

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    30 Aug 2019

  • Shakespeare Speaks

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    Introductory level Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.
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    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.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    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...
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    Global English

    By David Graddol

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

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

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    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
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    The evolution of English: From Romans to Shakespeare

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Part one: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English starting with the Roman invasion.

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    09 Jul 2019

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    Part one: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English starting with the Roman invasion.
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    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.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    01 Mar 2019

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    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...
  • David Bowie: identity is creativity

    By Dr Frank Monaghan

    Frank Monaghan explores how David Bowie's constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Jan 2019

  • David Bowie: identity is creativity

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2019
    Frank Monaghan explores how David Bowie's constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art.

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    This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating...

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