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Exploring English: Shakespeare

British Council via FutureLearn

14 Reviews 1169 students interested
Found in Foreign Language
  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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Overview

Explore the English language through Shakespeare’s plays

This course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature.

We will look at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world. They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work.

This course is for people who are learning English and interested in the language and legacy of William Shakespeare.
The material is designed for non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).

Taught by

Anthony Cosgrove

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Exploring English: Shakespeare
4.6 Based on 14 reviews

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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course! Here are some pros and cons:

Pros:

- Even though English is the only language I speak fluently, the clarity of the course was helpful in getting me to understand what was going on and I'm sure it was clear for English learners.

- Captions on videos were great and I quite liked how there was no music in the background of the videos because it made it clearer and I could play my own music if I wanted.

- Taught me very important things, such as the fact that Shakespeare was known more for how he crafted his words and phrases, rathe…
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Paulina V
5.0 4 years ago
Paulina completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I found the course quite interesting, although a bit too slow paced; having more information on language, vocabulary and grammar would be really useful.
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Anonymous
3.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I only partially enjoyed the course. I had studied Shakespeare at school and had seen many of the plays performed at the theatre. i expected the course to delve deeply into each play but was disappointed that the educational standard was not higher. I enjoyed the first week about Shakespeare's life but found the links about language tedious and repetitive. The actors insights were fascinating

I would like to study one play or the sonnets in depth. Where

Overall 3/5 -- Could do better for me
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Anonymous
5.0 4 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Although I am familiar with Shakespeare's plays, I really enjoyed the instructors' and commentators' ideas and perspectives. The explanations of the plots and how to look for what is important in each play were very clear. I can see how this course would be a very valuable way to expand one's knowledge of both Shakespeare and the English language for someone who is not familiar with them.

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Anonymous
4.0 4 weeks ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Loved the course. I know my interest develop for English reading at an early age but I remember once on our cable TV BBC prime was aired for some time and I saw a real life story of Jane Austin. The lead character was played by Ann Hathaway, and till this day I just love it. So my interest develop with time and now after joining the course I feel mesmerized.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Thank you so much for this course. I found the actors" contributions most interesting, especially the descriptions of the audience"s reactions in different countries. It impressed me to hear that Shakespeare coined so many words.

Great work of all of the contributors and fine moderation
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This is really useful for anyone not really familiar with Shakespeare. There are plenty of materials about Shakespeare’s life and three of his plays. It’s a good introduction to these plays which you can supplement by listening to audio versions of the plays at librivox.org.
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Winmayil R
5.0 a month ago
Winmayil completed this course.
When there is a question whether Shakespeare is essential for contemporary education, this course answers it positively with its organised course content and expert educators. Shakespeare can withstand for many periods just because of his language, plots, characters.
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Entertaining and funny, I enjoyed this course, I've learnt a lot about Shakespeare and his plays in a very pleasant way. Thanks a lot! Catherine from France
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Tudo course is great, with engaging and inovated teaching methods that make us want to learn more and more. Learning like this is really inspiring.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
He gozado muchísimo el curso, he aprendido más sobre Shakespeare y creo que me motiva a saber más. No tengo sugerencias

Muchas gracias
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
It is very help from English learner's i love this course it's help m alot to improve my English skills.
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Kimiko F
5.0 4 years ago
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