Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to this Exploring English course on the life and work of William Shakespeare. I'm Anthony Cosgrove, your tutor on this course, and I'm in the house in Stratford-upon-Avon where William Shakespeare was born. In the next six weeks, you'll learn about some of Shakespeare's greatest plays, including "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet." You'll hear from well-known Shakespearean actors, who'll tell us what they love about his plays, and what it's like to perform them in some of the greatest theatres in the world. We'll explore how the work of Shakespeare is enjoyed all around the world, even today, 400 years after his death. And we'll see how Shakespeare has influenced the English we speak today.
Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsWe hope you enjoy learning with us, and that you'll share your views and ideas with us, and with other learners around the world, throughout the course.
Welcome to the course
2016 is the four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. How did this English playwright come to be loved and studied all over the world? This course looks at the life of Shakespeare and the impact that his work has had over the centuries up to the present day.
In the next six weeks, you will also meet several actors who have appeared in Shakespeare plays all around the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Japan. You’ll also hear from Shakespeare experts from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and other institutions.
Along the way we’ll look at some of the words and phrases that Shakespeare introduced to the English language which are still in use today. Quizzes and language explanations will help you practise your own English. Lead educator Anthony will guide you through each week’s content.
At almost every step you will be asked to share your opinions, ideas and questions with other learners.
There’s also a chance to interact live with the team, starting with a live broadcast on Tuesday 12 January. You’ll find details of other live events later on in the course.
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