Review of Week 2

In this video Tina Pole and Sally Trowbridge, educators on the course, look back at some of the main talking points of this week in a short video.

The educators discussed the fascinating range of different versions and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet from around the world that you talked about in step 2.2 and mentioned their favourite versions of Shakespeare´s tragic love story.

They mentioned that many of you find that some of main ideas of the play, as discussed on step 2.6, are as relevant to teenagers (and parents) today as they were in Shakespeare’s time. Ekaterina Ivchenkova sums up family relationships in her comment on how young people often don’t want to take advice from their parents.

On the topic of theatre and cinema vocabulary, Lynette Bushell asked about using the word ‘actor’ or ‘actress’ to describe a female actor. You can read her comment here. Educator David Lewis, posted a link to a newspaper article on this topic.

Tina and Sally agreed that the voice recordings on step 2.13 were fantastic and they loved listening to you quoting lines from the play. Tina especially liked this recording from Colette H. If you haven’t made a recording yet we’d love to hear you! This one from educator, Neil McLaren gives a taste of things to come in week 3 of the course.

Finally, if you’ve enjoyed this week and would like a little more on this topic you can watch this performance of Romeo and Juliet, as well as other plays by Shakespeare. You might also like this video which focuses on historic, social, and cultural aspects related to Romeo and Juliet that you might not be familiar with. This article examines the issue of age in the play.

Check your progress

You can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

Once you have completed at least 50% of the steps in the course, you will be eligible to purchase the FutureLearn Statement of Participation. This certificate is a great way to show your interest in improving your English or learning about English history. It can be used as evidence of your engagement in this course as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and comes with an online version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

Coming up in Week 3

Next week we’ll look at another of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Macbeth. If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 3.

If you haven’t completed every step by the end of the final week, don’t worry! The course will remain open to you after the end date so that you can carry on at your own speed.

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Exploring English: Shakespeare

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