Let the Shakespeare celebrations begin!

11 April 2016

Macmillan Education has launched a year of celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 2016 .

Macmillan Education kick-starts its year of Shakespeare celebrations!

To mark the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016, Macmillan Education is inviting ELT teachers from across the world to join in their global celebrations and bring Shakespeare to life in their classroom.

The campaign is focused on the Macmillan Readers Shakespeare series and will feature a range of resources and opportunities for teachers to celebrate and discover Shakespeare with their students. The resources will help teachers put Shakespeare into contemporary context and build their students’ language and life skills, as they explore the enduring relevance and popularity of the Bard’s language and plays in our everyday lives.

First up, is a brand-new series of Shakespeare for Life lesson plans and videos linked to the Macmillan Readers series. Students will have the chance to learn more about the characters, themes and language of each play and build their skills through a range of engaging activities and tasks. The videos present an engaging introduction to each play and feature a mix of Shakespeare actors, enthusiasts and educators, including members of the world-renowned Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company (THSC).

To help teachers enliven their lessons and broaden their students’ perception of Shakespeare, Macmillan Education has been working in collaboration with The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company to record an exclusive ELT-friendly Shakespeare rap. Founded by rap star and famed TED-talker Akala, Macmillan Education are delighted to be collaborating with THSC, who work internationally to deliver engaging workshops exploring the parallels between Hip-Hop and are playing a major part in the world’s Shakespeare celebrations in 2016.

Students from across the world will also have the chance to show off their creative writing and artistic skills in a special Shakespeare-themed schools competition, which launched on March 1st, Running until September, the competition will be judged by an expert panel, including leading Shakespeare expert, author and actor, Ben Crystal.

On 20th April, just ahead of the big 400th anniversary, Macmillan will present a series of free webinars all about the Bard, featuring inspiring talks from guest speakers including Chris Rose, author and adapter of the Othello Graded Reader, who will offer some tips and techniques for using Shakespeare and drama in the ELT classroom.

So join Macmillan Education and let Shakespeare entertain and inspire your students this year.

All the world’s a stage and the world is celebrating – come play your part on it!

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