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Teaching Spanish pronunciation free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Teaching Spanish pronunciation

Welcome to this free course Teaching Spanish pronunciation.This short course is aimed at teachers of Spanish working in the United Kingdom who wish to extend their theoretical knowledge on teaching Spanish pronunciation. It offers ideas and practical skills that can be used in the classroom, be that virtual or face-to-face. This course will ...

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15 hrs
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Understanding language and learning free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Languages

Understanding language and learning

Learning is understood broadly as any kind of activity, whether in a formal or informal context, that enhances an individual’s knowledge or skills in one way or another. The relationship between language and learning is approached in three ways: learning a language, learning about language and learning through language. This free course, ...

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10 hrs
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Getting started on classical Latin free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Getting started on classical Latin

This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in response to requests from learners who had had no contact with Latin before and who felt they would like to spend a little time preparing for the kind of learning that studying a classical language involves. The course will give you a taster of what is involved in the ...

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10 hrs
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Intermediate French: Holiday plans free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Languages

Intermediate French: Holiday plans

This free course, Intermediate French: Holiday plans, is taken from Ouverture, a language course that concentrates on French as a tool for communication, but it also provides some insights into French society and culture through authentic printed, audio and video materials. The course will be of interest to all those who want to improve their ...

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20 hrs
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Intermediate Spanish: Understanding spoken Spanish free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Intermediate Spanish: Understanding spoken Spanish

Welcome to this free course, Intermediate Spanish: Understanding spoken Spanish, which is aimed at intermediate learners of Spanish with an interest in language and culture. The six-hour course is designed to develop your understanding of spoken Spanish through six video portraits of people living in Spain. It introduces you to naturally spoken ...

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6 hrs
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Cultures free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Languages

Cultures

In this free course, Cultures, you will address the question of traditional music and music from the francophone world, and you will examine the place they occupy in the world of artistic creation. The course is divided into three sections: 'Is traditional music, current music?', 'The musical heritage of Normandy' and 'Music of the francophone ...

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5 hrs
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Why study languages? free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Why study languages?

Learning languages and finding out about other countries can be fun, as well as useful, and this free course, Why study languages?, is an introduction to the differences in culture and language about which we all need to be aware. There are 10 independent sections: any selection of them can be studied in any order. Some are about why knowledge ...

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5 hrs
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Exploring languages and cultures free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Exploring languages and cultures

Explore the multiple relationships between languages and cultures. In this free course you will learn about the benefits and challenges of meeting people from different cultures and the ways in which language and human communities shape each other. You will look at the role of intercultural competence at the workplace, reflect on the use of ...

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14 hrs
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Getting started with German 3 free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Getting started with German 3

You'll start this course by building your vocabulary with language to use whilst shopping, such as items of clothing, colours, and how to ask for help. Then, in Week 2, you'll learn how to talk about television programmes and statistics. The course will give you opportunity to practise expressing preferences, asking for and giving permission and...

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8 hrs
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A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis free course icon level 1: introductory icon

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.

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5 hrs
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Communication, management and your own context free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Languages

Communication, management and your own context

In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This free course, Communication, management and your own context, looks at the role of language in management communication, and helps you identify areas of English language you may need to develop for work or when studying for a management qualification such ...

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8 hrs
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Advanced Spanish: Language in context free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Languages

Advanced Spanish: Language in context

This free course, Advanced Spanish: Language in context, will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course focuses on the many ways in which living languages - notably Spanish - adapt to the contexts in ...

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4 hrs