English & Literature Courses

English is one of the three most commonly spoken languages in the world. About one out of every 20 people currently living is a native speaker of English, and even more people speak English as a second language, or know some English for specific academic, technical, or business purposes. Have you ever wondered what makes the syntax of English unique? Have you ever wanted to learn what goes into good, clear English writing? If so, look no further. The answers to these questions and others are available on this page, which is dedicated to the exploration of the English language in ways a casual reader with no prior familiarity with the linguistic and historical background of the language can understand.

English is part of the Germanic language family, and has become the most widely used language in the world. What makes English unique, however, is the diverse range of languages from which it borrows. Many words in English are originally taken from Latinate roots rather than Germanic ones, leading English to have a wide range of terms for the same object or idea. Others are borrowed from other living languages, such as French or Spanish. This tendency to borrow words from other languages is one of the many reasons English evolves so rapidly.Despite its wide range of influences and sources of words, however, English has a relatively consistent syntax and grammar. There is a great deal of variation within sentences, but for the most part, English has a common structure of phrases and clauses, regardless of the context in which it is being used. These form the essential building blocks of sentences, which can be used to construct everything from simple declarative statements to long, complex expressions of thoughts, emotions, and ideas.Keep reading for more information on the English language, including vocabulary, syntax, and writing advice. If you’ve decided you’ve learned enough about English, however, be sure to look into other topics, such as technology, politics, and health. There are limitless opportunities here, so even if what you want to learn about changes, you can keep on learning, as we update the site regularly. Regardless of what you ultimately decide you want to learn, though, make sure to learn something today.

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48 Courses Available

11.229 Advanced Writing Seminar (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

15.269 Literature, Ethics, Authority (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.000J Writing About Literature (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.002 Foundations of Western Culture II (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.004 Major Poets (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.004 Reading Poetry (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.007 World Literatures: Travel Writing (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.010 Writing with Shakespeare (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.315 Prizewinners (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.420 Literary Studies: The Legacy of England (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.463 Renaissance Literature (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.470 Eighteenth-Century Literature: Versions of the Self in 18th-C Britain (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.471 Major English Novels (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.471 Major English Novels: Reading Romantic Fiction (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.476 Romantic Poetry (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.487 Modern Poetry (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.488 Contemporary Literature (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.512 American Authors: American Women Authors (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.701 Literary Interpretation: Interpreting Poetry (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.703 English Renaissance Drama: Theatre and Society in the Age of Shakespeare (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.704 Studies in Poetry - British Poetry and the Sciences of the Mind (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.704 Studies in Poetry: "Does Poetry Matter" (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.704 Studies in Poetry: "What's the Use of Beauty?" (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.704 Studies in Poetry: 20th Century Irish Poetry: The Shadow of W. B. Yeats (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.704 Studies in Poetry: From the Sonneteers to the Metaphysicals (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.704 Studies in Poetry: Gender and Lyric -- Renaissance Men and Women Writing about Love (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.705 Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and Morrison (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.705 Major Authors: John Milton (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.705 Major Authors: Melville and Morrison (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.705 Major Authors: Oscar Wilde and the '90's (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.705 Major Authors: Rewriting Genesis: "Paradise Lost" and Twentieth-Century Fantasy (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.707 Writing Early American Lives: Gender, Race, Nation, Faith (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21W.730-3 Writing and the Environment (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21W.731-4 Writing and Experience (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21W.735 Writing and Reading the Essay (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21W.756 Writing and Reading Poems (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21W.772 Digital Poetry (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SP.261 Poetry in Translation (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SP.292 Writing Workshop (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

English for Academic Purposes II

Middle East Technical University

English grammar in context

The Open University

Exploring the English language

The Open University

Any human heart: Life-writing in modern fiction & verse

University of Cape Town

Exploring The Novels of Zakes Mda

University of Cape Town

CRW 111 Critical Reading and Writing I Fall 2010

University of Massachusetts Boston

English / Coursera - Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World

University of Michigan

English 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays

University of Michigan

Reinventing the Fairy Tale

University of Notre Dame