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Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Languages

Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema

This free course, Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema, will help you discover aspects of French and francophone cinema. At the same time, you will also focus on grammatical points, such as expressing a comparison in French or understanding the structure of a sentence in the infinitive.

Free course
6 hrs
Beginners’ German: food and drink free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Beginners’ German: food and drink

This free course, Beginners' German: food and drink, provides materials that support the development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. The content focuses on food, restaurants and eating habits. The course also gives examples of how grammar, vocabulary, cultural aspects and study skills are taught by the OU in the Beginners' ...

Free course
6 hrs
Getting started with Spanish 1 free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Getting started with Spanish 1

If you want to learn a new language for work or for leisure, this free course will introduce you to one of the most widely spoken languages in the world – Spanish. Whether this is the first time that you are learning Spanish, or you have already picked up some words and phrases from travelling across the Spanish-speaking world, this course ...

Free course
8 hrs
Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

This free course, Discovering Wales and Welsh, introduces you to who the Welsh people are via a brief look at history and two significant figures, Owain Glyndŵr and Llywelyn the Last. You will also learn the basics of Welsh pronunciation and how to greet people in Welsh.

Free course
4 hrs
Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink, focuses on buying and ordering food and drink at a restaurant or bar. You will be able to use some basic vocabulary relating to food, drinks, meals, quantities and measures. In this OpenLearn ...

Free course
6 hrs
Getting started with Spanish 3 free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Getting started with Spanish 3

This free course will take you some steps further in your journey toward learning Spanish. You should have some previous knowledge of Spanish, whether you have studied Getting Started with Spanish 1 and Getting Started with Spanish 2, or because you have learned Spanish elsewhere. This free course will allow you to practise some very useful ...

Free course
8 hrs
Beginners’ Italian: food and drink free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

This free course, Beginners' Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and introducing yourself in Italian. It does not require any previous knowledge of Italian.

Free course
4 hrs
Croeso: Beginners' Welsh free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Croeso: Beginners' Welsh

This free course, Croeso: Beginners' Welsh, is taken from Croeso, a beginners' language module that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for communication, but it also provides some insights into Welsh societies and cultures through printed and audio materials. It will be of interest to all those who want to improve their language skills in order to ...

Free course
4 hrs
Getting started with German 2 free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Getting started with German 2

Starting at a typical breakfast table in a German-speaking country, this course will build your vocabulary, teach you how to express your likes and dislikes and introduce you to grammatical concepts that will improve your ability to hold sophisticated conversations in German and understand more complex language in a variety of different ...

Free course
6 hrs
Getting started with Chinese 3 free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Getting started with Chinese 3

Have you previously learned some basic Mandarin Chinese and now want to go a step further? This third introductory course in the Getting started with Chinese series will help you consolidate your language skills and provide you with some essential vocabulary and expressions to improve your Mandarin Chinese in everyday situations. You will ...

Free course
8 hrs
Everyday English 2 free course icon level 1: introductory icon

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
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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