Increase knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world they live in.
Improve skills – working together, accepting challenges, being more confident.
Discovering and understanding Shakespeare.
Increase enjoyment, inspiration and creativity.
Understand the historical context.
In today's rapidly changing environment Shakespeare sounds outdated and irrelevant. We ask our students to read it, to memorize soliloquies, to act out scenes and yet sometimes we feel that that is not enough. Our students and Shakespeare have not connected.
How can we get our students to identify with his characters?
How can we get our students to understand the historical context ?
How can we recreate those scenes that have not been written but are there in the background?
In order to make Shakespeare accessible to students, it needs to unfold within a framework that will sustain it.
Most important, it requires teachers that are willing to make changes.
This is not impossible, but it entails moving out of a comfort zone that contains and provides self-assurance, and becoming a teacher who helps students to search rather than follow.
Challenging and in many ways, frightening.
During this workshop, teachers will go through a wide range of activities, techniques and strategies that will foster student involvement and allow them not only to take action but become part of the action. Establishing the world, telling the story, discovering characters, exploring language. All these activities, key themes and motifs will be explored through different plays.
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Gibson, R., 1998. Teaching Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Winston, J. and Tandy, M. 2012. Beginning Shakespeare 4-11. UK: Routledge
The RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers, 2010.UK: Methuen Drama