If you’re not quite ready to commit to formal study yet the OU’s home of free learning – OpenLearn, offers a wide range of courses and resources open to everyone and all for free.
Written by our leading academics from the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, our free courses are offered at all levels from beginners to advanced and are designed to give you a taste of what studying with the OU is like. We also offer a wide range of free resources to enrich your learning including articles, television programmes, interactive activities, and podcasts.
We offer free courses across our main modern languages specialisms of Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. We also offer a beginners course in Welsh and an introduction to Gaelic language and culture.
Not only can you learn how to speak the language of your choice, but you can also delve deeper into the cultures where they are spoken and fully absorb yourself in the fascinating histories and customs.
Just some of the fascinating subjects you can learn include: