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Form and uses of language free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Form and uses of language

In this free course, Form and uses of language, we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different purposes. To do this we will use the theme of memorial and commemoration. In the first section we briefly discuss the life of the poet Siegfried Sassoon before examining both his poetry and his prose. Through this we will see...

Free course
4 hrs
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Gaelic in modern Scotland free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Languages

Gaelic in modern Scotland

Modern Scotland is a multi-lingual country. Gaelic, Scots and English, along with newer introductions from Europe and beyond, all influence the way Scotland's people now speak to each other and to the rest of the world. Created with the positive encouragement of Bòrd na Gàidhlig and with support from BBC Alba, this free course, Gaelic in modern ...

Free course
15 hrs
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Translation as a career free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Languages

Translation as a career

This free course explores translation as a career. During the course you will meet professional translators discussing their work and reflect on what they say. You will assess your own language level and find out how translators maintain their language skills. You will also engage in a short translation activity.

Free course
4 hrs
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Advanced Spanish: Protest song free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Languages

Advanced Spanish: Protest song

This free course, Advanced Spanish: Protest song, 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 protest song, a musical genre that has played an important role in Hispanic society.

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4 hrs
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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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English: skills for learning free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

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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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
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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
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Education & Development

AI matters

Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents great opportunity, but also significant disruption for modern societies and cultures. This free online short course investigates the historical, ethical and social issues surrounding this technology. It is aimed at people interested in understanding where this technology has come from, the kinds of ...

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

Languages

Getting started with Italian 1

Are you fascinated by the Italian culture and lifestyle, cuisine, historic cities, art and beautiful landscapes? Have you always loved the sound and musicality of the Italian language? Perhaps you’ve visited an Italian city and wished you could chat with local people. Or maybe you would like to be able to read a menu, talk about yourself, or ...

Free course
8 hrs
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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.

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4 hrs