Tongue in Cheek: A Lighthearted Look at Language

Our relationship with language is complicated. Depending on the environment in which you grew up, you may have learned just one language or had to communicate in many different dialects just to get by. And, while our experiences differ, the fact is that our worlds are more similar than ever before. In an effort to foster the appreciation of linguaphiles and the lethargic alike, this course takes an interesting look at language and its many uses.

Featuring subject matter expert

Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm

Leader Writer and Columnist at The Times

Oliver Kamm is a leader writer and columnist for The Times. He joined the newspaper in 2008 and now writes popular weekly columns on language and the economy.

What do we owe, if anything, to William Shakespeare for shaping the English language?

Of course Shakespeare is absolutely integral to the development of English, but his English, early modern English, is not our English.

Course Overview

  • Delve into a scientific exploration of language and learn how and why a language automatically/unconsciously develops within our minds.
  • Discover the relationship between the form and structure in written language.
  • Understand the concept of code-switching, why it is important, and its significance in our everyday interactions.
  • Build on your understanding of grammar and how grammatical flexibility affects our ability to communicate.
Course content
  • 10 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement
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