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Course Background

Who is the programme for?

It is designed for non-native English speakers who have studied English to at least intermediate level (approximately B2 on the CEFR, or 5.5+ IELTS or equivalent). This programme would be particularly engaging for students interested in literature, theatre and drama. Participants will learn more about Shakespeare in a lively and supportive environment.

The programme will include techniques to engage and experience Shakespeare through active and creative approaches in the classroom. While improving participants’ listening and speaking skills, this approach will focus on exploring Shakespeare through a variety of experiential and intercultural approaches to language, teaching and learning. In addition, the participants will get to know a range of Shakespeare plays in detail, covering various genres and periods of his writing. There is an emphasis on both page and stage, film and musical, and on enriching enjoyment and appreciation of Shakespeare`s work in the context of his own time and of ours.

Learning is scaffolded by gradually increasing the complexity of the language being explored, starting with a single line, and building to whole speeches and scenes. The aim is to boost participants’ confidence in analysing language, characters, themes, and the text in performance.

How will the course be taught?

The programme will be led by experienced Teaching Fellows and visiting Shakespearean experts. Activities will take place in both traditional classrooms and lecture theatres and the open space of the drama studio, with many sessions involving the same playful and collaborative techniques that professional actors and directors use to explore Shakespeare. This methodology will focus on:

  • Ensemble work using open spaces
  • Helping students unlock and experience Shakespeare's language
  • Exploring the world in which the story is taking place
  • Discovering the characters
  • Exploring the key themes and language
Session Details

Learning Outcomes at the end of the course

  • Be able to reflect on words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language
  • Appreciation of the varied uses of language in a Shakespearean play
  • More awareness of the importance and complexity of role-play in performing
  • Ability to act out scenes in Shakespeare
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the key speeches and scenes in several of Shakespeare’s plays
  • Approach Shakespeare with more confidence

After the course

  • Linguistic confidence
  • Clear articulation of ideas
  • Improved presentation techniques
  • Development of a sense of belonging and collaboration working in Ensemble work with other participants
  • Appreciation of more in-depth knowledge of Shakespeare

Sign Up

If you would like to attend our English Through Shakespeare Summer School taking place in 2023 please contact us at shortcourses at warwick dot ac dot uk.

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