Welcome to the home of our research and teaching expertise in the study of languages, cultures and applied linguistics. Supported by expert teachers, you can learn languages, deepen your cultural understanding and explore the impact and evolution of language in modern society.
The study of languages and linguistics enhances our ability to understand each other, both in terms of language and cultural communication. I believe that, in our complex, interconnected world, it is more important than ever to build more intercultural understanding.Rosina Marquez-Reiter
Head of School See Rosina's professional profile
We run a variety of Modern Languages courses that also explore the culture, society, science, history, and geography of the countries in which each language is spoken. At a time when many universities are withdrawing their language courses, we offer a range of study options, from short courses to degrees, with plenty of opportunities for language practice in reading, listening, writing, speaking and interaction. Whatever your other commitments, ambitions or starting point (whether you have an A level in languages, GCSE, or no language experience at all), we will have a programme to suit you.
At a time when many universities are withdrawing their language courses, we offer a range of study options, from short courses to degrees or a Masters in Translation, with plenty of opportunities for language practice in reading, listening, writing, speaking and interaction.
Our courses in Modern Languages and English and Applied Linguistics explore how the way we use language reveals cultural, political, and social meanings, helping us develop a deeper understanding of each other.
Whatever inspires you to study, we can help you fulfil your career plans or personal interests, all taught by experts in online and distance learning. You can combine your chosen language with English, with another language, or with other subjects or even enrol for an Open Degree, which allows you to select from a wide range of modules from across the whole University to create a degree course in the subjects that matter to you. Courses include French, German and Spanish at degree level, and we also have short online courses in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and Welsh.
We are an internationally recognised leader in Applied Linguistics and online Language Learning, and our teaching is founded on leading Research in these subjects. We’re also one of the biggest schools in the UK to combine Languages and Applied Linguistics and many of the most respected researchers in those fields choose to teach here. Their ongoing research ensures our courses are contemporary, relevant, and aligned with the latest developments in the field.
Study with us and you’ll be motivated by teaching materials written by world experts that bring out the best in you. And you’ll be inspired by the great diversity of linguistic, social, and cultural backgrounds among both tutors and students alike. This is a truly vibrant, authentic, multilingual, and multicultural environment where you can truly immerse yourself in the study of languages.
The scope of the OU course was huge. We looked at how to translate legal language, medical language, literature, poetry, songs, news… I even got to translate a new Spanish play into English. Doing this course has radically affected the way I think about everything. And that’s invaluable.Joanne Walker
Studied: MA Translation See more student stories
We truly believe that the study of languages and linguistics is a positive force for deeper empathy and understanding between people and nations, as well as being a fascinating, rewarding and enjoyable area of study. If you think so too, explore our courses. We’d love to have you join us.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00
Online - Zoom
Contact: Dr Mirjam Hauck (series convenor)
Friday, June 24, 2022 - 09:00 to Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 17:00
The Open University, Milton Keynes - Online available
Contact: Dr Shejiao Xu