How to make Shakespeare easy for English language learners Have you ever had difficulty relating Shakespeare to learners of English? Tutor and resource writer Genevieve White comes to the rescue, in time for Shakespeare Day and English Language Day today. Last year, I wrote an article extolling the joys of teaching Shakespeare to learners of English and outlining the reasons why teachers should bring the Bard into the classroom. It is true that Shakespeare’s texts may present difficulties for contemporary readers, particularly those who do not have English as a first language. Make it attractive from the start Begin by piquing your learners’ interest. One of my own personal Shakespeare favourites is his famous tale of revenge, deceit and jealousy: Othello. In the past, I have introduced my learners to the story and its characters with this trailer. Learners can then watch an animated summary of the play. A similar approach can be used with just about any Shakespeare play. Get the students to re-enact tabloid versions of the plays 1. 2. 3.
Shakespeare's Unconventional Conventions Slideshow Shakespeare's Unconventional Conventions When the love-struck Romeo first sees Juliet emerge on her balcony, what poetic form could mirror his pounding heart? Iambic pentameter of course. "But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?" [zoog-muh] Are your verbs slacking off? [en-jam-muhnt, -jamb-] Queen Hermione stands trial in Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale after being falsely accused of adultery by her husband. [lahy-tuh-teez, lit-uh-, lahy-toh-teez] In the third act of Julius Caesar, Marc Antony enters the Roman forum holding Caesar's body. Shakespeare's King Lear is about to end, and with his last lines, the young Edgar looks toward his future as his whole family lies dead around him. [ahy-suh-koh-luhn] Hamlet has just begun; Claudius just married Gertrude after killing her husband his brother. [ant-an-uh-klas-is] [as-uh-nuhns] The Tempest, one of Shakespeare's last plays, is about to end.
Online mysteries to solve: Solve-it Solve-it #009 - The Disastrous Dive The inspector stepped aboard. "What have we got, Lieutenant?" "A woman, dead. A man, missing." Solve-it #008 - The Baffling Break-ins Why had the police chief's house been broken into? Solve-it #007 - The Unresolved Murder Will this unresolved murder finally gets its solution? Solve-it #006 - The Asprey Whites "It will be a pity to sell them," Lady Dudley sighed. Solve-it #005 - The Ghostly Killer It began as a harmless escapade -- four teenagers sneaking into a deserted old house. Solve-it #004 - The "Fallen" Scientist Bad chemistry caused this murder. Solve-it #003 - The Family Feud A mysterious fall and an angry fight between brothers. Solve-it #139 - Noel Necklace Who stole the priceless necklace? Solve-it #140 - Artful Robber Do you know how the heist was pulled off? Solve-it #027 - Lost Weekend Bryce Carlton looked out of place in the dingy stationhouse as he filled out a missing person's form. Solve-it #026 - Houdini Homicide
Shakespeare First Folio found in French library | Stage A rare and valuable William Shakespeare First Folio has been discovered in a provincial town in France. The book – one of only 230 believed to still exist - had lain undisturbed in the library at Saint-Omer in the north of France for 200 years. Medieval literature expert Rémy Cordonnier was searching for books to use in a planned exhibition of “Anglo-Saxon” authors when he stumbled across the 1623 tome in September. Cordonnier, a librarian, said that at first he had no idea that the battered book in his hands was a treasure. “It had been wrongly identified in our catalogue as a book of Shakespeare plays most likely dating from the 18th century,” he said on Tuesday. Cordonnier contacted one of the world’s most eminent authorities on Shakespeare, Prof Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada in Reno, who – as luck would have it – was in London working at the British Library. “He was very interested by the elements I had sent him by mail and said he would come over and take a look.
Which Shakespeare Play Should I See? An Illustrated Flowchart In just 10 DAYS I will be speaking at the Folger Shakespeare Library! In case you've missed my previous annoucements on this, here are the basic facts: WHO: Me!WHAT: Talking about my comic and live-drawing on stageWHERE: The Folger Theater, Washington D.C.WHEN: Friday, April 29, at 6:00pmWHY: Because it's going to be REALLY SUPER FUNHOW MUCH: Nothing! It's absolutely FREE! Absolute Shakespeare - plays, quotes, summaries, essays...
Poezija Frangiskana ta' D Mintoff Hija ligi tal-hajja taghna li ahna, il-hin kollu, niehdu xi haga. l-ghajxien taghna huwa msejjes fuq dak li taghtina n-natura. Is-sahha taghna trid l-arja tas-sema. Il-qamha ta' l-eghlieqi, l-ilma tal-widien. Ghalhekk ahna ma nistghu naghtu xejn hlief lilna nfusna. Rigal lejlet tieg flus lil tallab ktieb lil student ward lil marid... huma biss turija taghna nfusna. Naraw fis-socjetà l-qasma bejn dawk li 'ghandhom' u dawk li 'm'ghandhomx'. U nisimghu lil ta' l-ewwel jaghdbu ghax dawk li m'ghandhomx huma ngrati. Inhosshom mugugha bl-imgiba ta' dawk li 'm'ghandhomx'. U bejniethom jghidu: "tmajtu u libbistu - ara kif hallasni!" L-ingratitudni hija haga ta' min jistmerra. Turi kefrija ta' qalb. Imma l-bicca l-kbira ta' dawk li jgorru fuq l-ingratitudni ma jkunux taw lilhom infushom. Jahsbu li r-rigal, il-ward, il-ktieb jigbed il-hajr. Meta niehdu xi haga nifirhu Alla dejjem jaghtina, ghalhekk igibilna l-ferh U Alla huwa l-aktar qrib taghna waqt li naghtu lilna nfusna. Meta wiehed jiehu, jifrah. Jaghtih lilu nnifsu.
Women in Shakespeare's plays This lesson examines the role of women in Shakespeare’s day (16th/17th century), and compares this with the roles and characters of some of the women in his plays. Topic: The role of women in the times and works of Shakespeare Level: B2 Time: 90 minutes Aims: To develop students’ reading and speaking skillsTo develop students’ vocabulary (adjectives of personality)To increase students’ familiarity with female characters in Shakespeare’s plays Copyright - please read All the materials on these pages are free for you to download and copy for educational use only.
Shakespeare Fun & Games | Macmillan Readers Welcome to the Fun and Games area of Will’s World, hosted by our very own Puck – the mischievous star of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Here, you’ll find lots of fun resources to help you liven up your lessons and get students excited about Shakespeare in 2016! Ideal for warm-ups or end of class fun. Enjoy! Learn some fascinating facts and idioms with this special Shakespeare infographic from the Macmillan Readers! Celebratory Infographic If you’re after a fun and general introduction to Shakespeare, look no further than this infographic! It features some fascinating facts and an Idioms Quiz to get students thinking and talking about the enduring, everyday relevance of Shakespeare’s language and plays. Celebrate Shakespeare Infographic Shakespeare’s Characters Infographics To accompany each of our brand-new Shakespeare for Life lesson series, we’ll be publishing a fun infographic presenting social media-style profiles of each of the key characters from each play. Romeo & Juliet infographic Quizzes
Words and Phrases Coined by Shakespeare Words and Phrases Coined by Shakespeare NOTE: This list (including some of the errors I originally made) is found in several other places online. That's fine, but I've asked that folks who want this on their own sites mention that I am the original compiler. For many English-speakers, the following phrases are familiar enough to be considered common expressions, proverbs, and/or clichés. All of them originated with or were popularized by Shakespeare. I compiled these from multiple sources online in 2003. How many of these are true coinages by "the Bard", and how many are simply the earliest written attestations of a word or words already in use, I can't tell you. A few words are first attested in Shakespeare and seem to have caused extra problems for the typesetters. The popular book Coined by Shakespeare acknowledges that it is presenting first attestations rather than certain inventions. Words like "anchovy", "bandit", and "zany" are just first attestations of loan-words. Back to Ed's
To Err is Human: Typos in Literature on AbeBooks The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck The first through third printings contain an error on line 17 of page 100 - "flees" should read "fleas". Most readers find typographical errors to be one of life's little annoyances, like being stuck at a traffic light when in a hurry. For others, the publishing of a spelling or grammatical error is one of the most grievous mistakes imaginable. I personally enjoy a particularly silly error, and if it's done right, see it as a value-added perk to a book. Book collectors may also see typographical errors in a positive light, but for an entirely different reason. Most typos are of little consequence - adding or removing pluralization, causing non-agreement in tenses, or the like. Whoops. Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen, 1933 This edition is marked by several errors such as the misspelling of Xavier (“Xaxier”) on page 352, swapping “ship” for “shop” on page 1086, and repeating the word “found” on page 397. Machine of Death edited by Ryan North, et al, 2010
Shakespeare Lesson – A Shakespeare Lesson for Students new to the Bard Guide note: Each month, our "Teaching Shakespeare" columnist writes about bringing Shakespeare to life in the classroom and drama studio. This month he shows you how to introduce the Bard in your first Shakespeare Lesson. The First Shakespeare Lesson by Duncan Fewins It’s essential for teachers to make their first Shakespeare lesson practical, accessible and fun. However, there is no point “dumbing down” the workshop material by not tackling difficult concepts and language. I always begin by focusing on the structure of Shakespeare’s writing and some of the key textual conventions. Workshop: The First Shakespeare Lesson To introduce the students to the rhythm of Shakespeare’s verse, ask them to stamp out the following rhythm with their feet: stamp-stamp / stamp-stamp / stamp-stamp / stamp-stamp / stamp-stamp Then ask the students to stress the second beat in each pair, as follows: Stamp- STAMP / stamp- STAMP / stamp- STAMP / stamp- STAMP / stamp- STAMP What do they notice about the two lines?
William Shakespeare Resources | Macmillan Readers Welcome to Will’s World – home of all our Shakespeare 2016 celebrations! To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we’ll be bringing you lots of brand-new resources to help you explore the enduring relevance of his plays, characters and language with your students. Be sure to sign up for our monthly emails to get all the latest Shakespeare resources – plus a FREE copy of our Hamlet eBook! lesson plans & videos fun and games competition webinars free ebook This brand-new series of lesson plans and videos is designed to help you get students excited about Shakespeare and explore the enduring relevance of his language, and plays in our everyday lives. Ideal for Teens and Intermediate level students, there’ll be a lesson plan and video to accompany each of our seven Shakespeare titles. Download resources On Wednesday 20th April, just ahead of the Bard’s big 400th anniversary, we’ll be presenting 3 FREE webinars in our ‘Shakespeare Special’! Find out more and book your free place today!