Free Online Language Arts and Linguistics Courses from Top Universities

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Languages are the building blocks of communication. If you're interested in the rules of different languages, and the structure of the many sounds people can make, you can learn more about linguistics through these free online courses.
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Free Language Arts and Linguistics Courses

Here are a few online Language Arts and Linguistics courses offered free by two top universities: MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Open University.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Since the 1950s, MIT has offered courses that help students divulge the hidden rules and structures of languages. Several of their courses are now available on Open Courseware. Courses cover topics such as modeling phonology, syntax, and grammatical structure.

The Open University

The Open University has a couple of learning options for the linguistically inclined. Finding Information in Modern Languages is research-based and focuses on how to find and use information in different languages. Language and Thought: Introducing Representation encourages philosophical debate on linguistic topics.

Free Online Linguistics and Language Arts Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Introduction to Linguistics course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsYesYesYes
Topics in Phonology course from MITGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Language and Its Structure I: Phonology course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Language and its Structure II: Syntax course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsYesYesYes
Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory course from MITGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation course from MITUndergraduate/GraduateVideosNoNoYes
Grammar of a Less Familiar Language course from MITGraduateText LessonsNoNoYes
Introduction to Syntax course from MITGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Advanced Syntax course from MITGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Communicating Across Cultures course from MITUndergraduate/GraduateTextbookYesNoYes
Advanced Phonology course from MITGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Syntactic Models course from MITGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Introduction to Phonology course from MITGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Special Topics in Linguistics: Genericity course from MITGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Finding Information in Modern Languages course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
Language and Thought: Introducing Representation course from Open UniversityAdvancedText LessonsYesNoYes

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Purdue University

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  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Saint John's University

  • Ph.D. in Literacy
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education

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American University

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  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

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Johns Hopkins University

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  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Full Sail University

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  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Communication

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Northcentral University

  • MEd - Reading Education

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Saint Joseph's University

  • Wilson Reading System Certification

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