Short Course Online

Exploring Languages and Cultures

The Open University UK

8 months
1584 GBP/full
1584 GBP/full
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The Exploring Languages and Cultures programme delivered by The Open University UK is designed to introduce key concepts relating to languages, language learning, plurilingualism and intercultural communication. 

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The Exploring Languages and Cultures programme delivered by The Open University UK  will help you develop intercultural skills and language awareness to support and complement the language skills that are covered in language-specific modules. 

Study resources include printed materials and a dedicated website with online activities which support independent learning. Together, they will introduce you to some of the elements that define studying modern foreign languages and English language studies.  

Support from your tutor

You’ll have a tutor to help you with the study material who will mark and comment on your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance.

This module usually includes a mix of face-to-face and online tutorials. Some tutorials are offered online only, and others are offered face-to-face and online. Please note that student numbers on the module, and where tutors are based, will affect the locations of where face-to-face tutorials are held. We cannot guarantee that these will be hosted in specific locations, or locations that have been used previously. While you’re not obliged to attend tutorials, you are strongly encouraged to take part as they will provide you with the opportunity to speak to and meet other students and tutors, whether online or face-to-face. Note that you can attend as many tutorials as you like, offered by any of the tutors.


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Programme Structure

The module consists of four blocks:

  • Language and culture, introduces basic concepts relating to the nature of language and culture, and looks at people’s personal experiences of learning foreign languages and engaging with unfamiliar cultures.
  • Languages, cultures and communities, broadens the perspective from individuals to society at large, looking at the often complex relationships between language and culture in different nations and communities.
  • Intercultural competence at work focuses on language and culture at the workplace, with special attention to intercultural skills and employability.
  • Language and communication in the digital age, gives an overview of the role that digital communication and resources play in a multilingual and multicultural society and examines how these can be used to support the study of languages and cultures.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

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30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning. 
  • No prior knowledge of languages is required to study this module.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1584 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 1584 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.
  • National

    1584 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1584 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.


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