Online materials

Below are some short, online courses, which are taken from our undergraduate materials at the Open University.

 

English in the world today

This short online course looks at how English became the global force that it is today. It explores the status of the language and its worldwide diversity. It looks at how social and political factors influence people’s attitudes towards it, and at the relationship between one’s linguistic heritage and sense of identity. It comprises 8 hours of study at an introductory level

There’s also a two-part time line of the history of English, related to the above course:

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.

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.

 

Language and creativity

This short online course is an introduction to the relationship between language and creativity, to the roles that linguistic creativity plays in culture and society, and to the different approaches to its study. It includes a specific focus on the relationship between language and visual art. It comprises 8 hours of study at an intermediate level

 

Children’s picture books

This short online course examines how children’s books use words and pictures together in sophisticated ways to communicate both to young and older readers. It includes examples from the classics, such as Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit, as well as contemporary children’s authors such as Anthony Browne, author of Gorilla.