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Exploring languages and cultures free course icon Level

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 Italian 2 free course icon Level

Languages

Getting started with Italian 2

In the free course, Getting started with Italian 2, you will learn and practise how to ask and say the time in Italian. This will include learning and practising how to ask and say the time using the 24-hour clock, which is commonly used for arrival and departure times and for the opening and closing of shops and services. The course offers ...

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8 hrs
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Getting started with German 2 free course icon Level

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 ...

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6 hrs
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Advanced Spanish: Arts and crafts free course icon Level

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Advanced Spanish: Arts and crafts

This free course, Advanced Spanish: Arts and crafts, is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking societies and cultures and extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will examine the world of Spanish and Latin-American art and explore the difference between art and craft.

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12 hrs
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A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis free course icon Level

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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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Languages

Describing language

This free course introduces you to the basics of describing language. Using examples from English, you’ll learn how words are built, how they fit together to make sentences, and what labels like noun, verb and adjective mean. You’ll see how language patterns in regular ways and how the meaning of a sentence is more than the sum of its parts. ...

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24 hrs
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English: skills for learning free course icon Level Badge icon

Education & Development

English: skills for learning

Develop the English reading and writing skills needed for university success.

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24 hrs
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Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course free course icon Level

Languages

Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course

Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course, provides a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and how words are formed. You will hear short conversations where people greet each other and introduce ...

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4 hrs
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Languages

Advanced Spanish: Art in Buenos Aires

This free course, Advanced Spanish: Art in Buenos Aires, uses a documentary about artists in Buenos Aires to help you to develop your listening skills. By assessing various parts of the documentary you will be able to extend your comprehension of spoken Spanish.

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4 hrs
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Languages

Advanced French: At the science museum in Paris

Using the topic of science and technology in France, this free course, Advanced French: At the science museum in Paris, will show you how to structure arguments, write a summary, use the subjunctive, report numbers and express wishes in French.

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15 hrs
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Getting started with French 2

This two-week course offers you the opportunity to discuss food, your likes and dislikes as well as to shop or order food. Little by little, you will improve your ability to make more sophisticated conversations and to understand more complex language in a variety of different scenarios. You will also find out facts about France and French ...

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6 hrs
АНГЛІЙСЬКА НА КОЖЕН ДЕНЬ free course icon Level

Languages

АНГЛІЙСЬКА НА КОЖЕН ДЕНЬ

Чи хотіли б ви покращити своє поточне знання англійської або, можливо, згадати теми, які ви, скоріш за все, забули? Цей безкоштовний курс є гарною підготовкою до вивчення офіційного рівня English Essential Skills Level 1, який доступний в Уельсі. Незважаючи на те, що курс не охоплює всі аспекти сучасної навчальної програми English Essential ...

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48 hrs