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✾Your questions for the educators✾

This week the educators will answer your questions about this course. They will record a video on Thursday morning (UK time) to answer as many of your questions as possible. …

Review of Week 5

In this video Neil looks back at some interesting talking points from this week. Neil starts by talking about the different opinions expressed at the start of the week and …

Introduction to Week 5

Watch Anthony introduce Shakespeare’s great tragedy Hamlet. What do you already know about Hamlet? Is the play often performed in your country? Do you know any lines from the play?

Shakespeare’s verse

Learn about the rhythm of Hamlet’s famous line: To be or not to be James talks about iambic pentameter. Look at two famous speeches from Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. …

Shakespeare’s phrases

Tonderai talks about how he first encountered Shakespeare. Here are the three phrases he mentions: All that glitters is not gold. (The Merchant of Venice) Constant as the northern star. …

Hamlet and Shona culture

Anthony and Tonderai talk about how the Shona people of southern Africa interpret Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. “Why doesnʼt Hamlet just kill his uncle?” Do you think Hamlet acts too slowly? …

The story of Hamlet

Watch and find out what happens to the different characters in the play: Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark Hamlet’s father Hamlet’s mother Claudius, Hamlet’s father’s brother Ophelia, Hamlet’s girlfriend Polonius, …

Review of Week 6

Genny looked back at some interesting talking points from the final week of the course. Below are links to the comments mentioned by Genny. Carmela Lamarina says that ‘a whole …

Some Shakespeare phrases with ‘and’

Anthony talks about some phrases which Shakespeare helped to make famous: pomp and circumstance the be-all and end-all flesh and blood Choose a phrase you like, write your own example …

Shakespeare’s words

Watch James Garnon talking about some words and phrases which became popular because of Shakespeare’s plays and are still in use today. As James says, it’s uncertain exactly how many …

Shakespeare for children

In this video, James Garnon talks about the appeal of Shakespeare to children. He contrasts the attitudes of his sons. One of them loves the theatre, the other one is …

Playing Caliban

Watch this film to see why James found the character of Caliban so interesting to play. Which does James say are: Caliban’s negative characteristics Calibans’s positive characteristics What else does …

Performing Shakespeare

In this video, James explains why he enjoys acting in Shakespeare plays. What does James say attracts him to the work of Shakespeare? How about you? Have you ever acted …

The story of The Tempest

Actor James Garnon tells the story of The Tempest. What happens to each of the characters? Prospero Miranda Caliban Antonio Ferdinand Share your ideas with other learners.