Online English Language & Literature Course | Alison

Diploma in English Language and Literature

Learn different English writing styles and aspects of English literature with this free English language course.

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The English language is the most widely learned second language in the world, and an official language in several different countries. If you can speak and understand English, you definitely won't get lost as a world traveller. English is not just useful, but also rich in history and literature. This free online English Language and Literature course will give you a really thorough and interesting overview of the language and its treasures.
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    15-20 Hours
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Our English literature course syllabus covers the fundamentals of English grammar and effective speaking, and writing. The modules also analyze literature with an emphasis on renowned authors and poets. These include English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who is best known for "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", American playwright Arthur Miller best known for "All My Sons", and the famous English playwright William Shakespeare. This English language and literature degree will surely take your English skills to another level.

Different people have different tastes in writing. With this free English language online course, you will learn the different writing structures for comedy, descriptive, mystery, spy, science fiction, instructional, opinionated, poetic, and reflective writing. After gaining an understanding of the different writing styles - including the structure, language, and complexity of these styles - you will learn how to better communicate with your audience by choosing the right style for different situations.

Improving your English proficiency is always a good thing for people young or old. It not only enhances your personal skills, but your professional development as well. By completing this Diploma course in English Language and Literature you will demonstrate your mastery of the English language, and boost your English skills today. So, check out the course and start gaining that extra knowledge now.

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Introduction to Samuel Coleridge

Coleridge Kubla Khan

Coleridge The Eolian Harp

Coleridge This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison

Coleridge Frost at Midnight

Introduction to Macbeth by Shakespeare

Macbeth Act One

Macbeth Act Two

Macbeth Act Three

Macbeth Act Four

Macbeth Act Five

Macbeth Themes

The Crucible Act One

The Crucible Act Two

The Crucible Act Three

The Crucible Act Four

Themes in The Crucible by Miller


English - Writing

Triggers for Writing

Writing for an Audience

Story Writing

Comedy Writing

Descriptive Writing

Mystery, Spy , & Science Fiction Writing

Instructional Writing

Opinionative Writing

Poetry Writing

Reflective Writing


Rules for effective communication

Words, words, words

New and troublesome words



Using full stops and commas




Speech marks

Other Punctuation

Punctuation revision







Adjective, noun, verb, pronoun, preposition or adverb?


Introduction to Shakespeare

Shakespeare His life and times

Shakespeare The theatre scene

Shakespeare Theatre audiences

Shakespeare The Globe Theatre

Shakespeare Literary devices

Shakespeare Prose

Shakespeare Scripts and Lines

Shakespeare Shakespearian Language

Shakespeare Soliloquies

Shakespeare Soliloquies videos

Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream


English: Introduction and course outline

English: Writing for different purposes and audiences

How journalists go about their jobs

Analysing the language of the media

An approach to studying a text

Analysing media language

Text analysis of The Great Gatsby

Approaches to English

Using language effectively

Effective presentations

Personal and imaginative writing

What is an issue?

Researching issues

Issue analysis

Using language effectively 1

Using language effectively 2

Using language effectively 3

Using language effectively 4

Using language effectively 5

Hints and tips for exams



Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to: - Understand different writing styles including the structure, language and complexity; - Influence your audience with different styles of writing; - and combine various styles of writing to tell a story, whether it be comedy, descriptive, mystery, spy, science fiction, instructional, opinionated, poetic or reflective.


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