Everything about a language is eternally and inherently changeable, from word order and grammar to the very sound and meaning of basic words. Take a deep dive into this fascinating world with a series of courses that provide the context, origin, and evolution of the marvelous gift of speech.
Uncover the immense power of language with three foundational courses that help demonstrate the scope of what defines humans as a species.
- Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You
Discover the remarkable ways in which our society is a reflection of our language and how our linguistic choices play a determining role in every aspect of our lives.
- Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage
Taught by acclaimed linguist, author, and Professor, this course dispels the cloud of confusion that clings to English, giving you a crystal-clear view of why we use it the way we do and where it fits int…
- The Story of Human Language
Discover the fascinating history of human language—from its beginning as a single tongue spoken some 150,000 years ago to the estimated 6,000 languages spoken today.
Learn how to communicate in the best way possible by selecting three courses which provide tools and strategies to improve your verbal, non-verbal, and writing skills.
- Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity
Discover the fascinating history of the written word—its invention, transmission from culture to culture, and evolution—in this interesting course by an anthropologist.
- The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins
Hear the story behind the everyday words in our lexicon, and follow an award-winning professor as she demonstrates how much the evolution of our language can teach us about ourselves.
- English Grammar Boot Camp
Improve your grammar competence and confidence by learning the essential elements of English grammar and usage, led by an award-winning linguist.
- English in America: A Linguistic History
Follow a Professor of Linguistics to trace the history of our language from the Jamestown settlement to our modern era of mass immigration, globalization, and Internet communication.
- History of the English Language, 2nd Edition
Investigate the remarkable history of English, from the powerful prose of King Alfred in the Middle Ages to the modern-day sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego.
- Building a Better Vocabulary
Improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills with this engaging course that will teach you new words and strengthen your confidence in your vocabulary.
- Effective Communication Skills
Learn how you can improve the way you communicate with others—especially by overcoming the psychological and biological hard-wiring that gets in the way.
- How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication
Get instantly better at communicating by learning six specific strategies to overcome the trickiest and most common conversational obstacles that people encounter.
- How We Learn
Discover how your mind acquires, processes, and stores new information in this captivating course about the process of learning.
- The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes
Explore the exciting concepts, history, and applications of information theory in 24 challenging and eye-opening half-hour lectures taught by a world-renowned physicist.
Discover the joys speaking a new language brings by picking one course that opens your eyes and mind to a foreign—and even ancient—world.
- Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language
Discover the exciting intellectual challenge of Latin in this course that uses works by Cicero, Virgil, Caesar, and others to teach you the rules and form of this great language.
- Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language
Learn Ancient Greek from an award winning educator through two of the most important works in the Greek language.
- Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Experience the fastest and most direct way to learn Spanish—a beautiful and highly useful language—in this course that covers the curriculum of a first semester college course in Spanish.
- Learning Spanish II: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Take your Spanish to the next level with an engaging and amazingly effective language-learning system.
- Learning French: A Rendezvous with French-Speaking Cultures
Explore the intersection between French language and culture to gain an advanced understanding of both.
- Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Decipher the language of ancient Egypt and learn what hieroglyphs can tell us about history, accompanied by an acclaimed Egyptologist.