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Shakespeare and theatre resources

’To be or not to be: that is the question’. Teach your students about England’s greatest writer with our Shakespeare and theatre resources.

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EAP Shakespeare: Shakespeare on stage and screen

In this second lesson, students practise summarizing critical reviews.

EAP Shakespeare: Introducing Shakespeare

In the first lesson of this series, students watch a TED talk and do reading, writing and language exercises using some of Shakespeare’s plays.

EAP Shakespeare: Shakespeare on the internet – digital literacy

This sixth lesson introduces students to some online Shakespeare sources to use in assessed work.

EAP Shakespeare: Academic writing

In this fifth lesson, students are introduced to academic writing.

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A Time to Travel: England: To be or not to be: The play

Amber is in 16th century England and needs to buy some suitable clothing from Toby, the market seller so she can audition for Romeo and Juliet and meet Shakespeare. In this lesson students will: revise adjectives for feelings; practise extensive and intensive listening and a range of listening sub-skills; rehearse and perform a short play.

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Live from Stratford: Shakespeare 2

The onestopenglish team is back in Stratford-upon-Avon to ask locals and visitors whether they think the Bard is brilliant or boring.

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Live from Stratford: Shakespeare 1

The intrepid onestopenglish reporters are back with more authentic interviews in our Live from ... series. This time we come to you from Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare.


Practical activities and suggestions for teaching English through Shakespeare.

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A Time to Travel: England: To be or not to be

Amber finds herself in a difficult classroom situation so whizzes back to Shakespearean England to find a solution.

Theme-based expressions: Shakespeare special

Tim Bowen gives us too much of a good thing this month, as we read to our heart’s content about Shakespearean language in this special edition of Your English.

To stress or not to stress

Ian Pemberton wins this month’s Lesson Share competition with a lesson focussing on pronunciation.

Beyond: Arts and Media: Shakespeare

In this lesson students learn about Shakespeare’s life and words.

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Webquest: Shakespeare

The 23rd of April is the Bard’s birthday, so here on onestopenglish we’re taking a closer look at England’s most famous author. This Shakespearean webquest includes activities on Shakespeare’s life, Romeo and Juliet, ’boy players’ and famous quotes from Shakespeare plays that we still use today.

Beyond: Arts and Media: Shakespeare: Lesson plan

In this lesson students do a running dictation about Shakespeare, look at how his words are still used today, look at Shakespeare’s life, update his words, read a Shakespeare sonnet and find out about the Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare and Cervantes

A lesson plan with information-gap and matching exercises to introduce pupils to these great writers.


Cross-curricular materials for teaching English through the topic of Shakespeare

Teaching EAP: Literature

Teaching EAP: Literature: Teaching digital literacy

Dr Chris Lima offers advice on ways to teach digital literacy to prepare students for EAP classes.

Teaching EAP: Literature: Teaching critical thinking in EAP

Dr Chris Lima offers advice on ways to teach critical thinking in EAP classes.

Teaching EAP: Literature: Teaching academic writing

Dr Chris Lima offers advice on ways to teach academic writing in EAP classes.

Teaching EAP: Literature: Top ten tips for EAP tutors and learners

Dr Chris Lima offers ten top tips on the basic concepts tutors and learners should keep in mind during EAP programmes.

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Lesson Share: Instant coffee

Pete Clements wins this month’s Lesson Share, which shows students how to continue a story in the style of the original author.

Theme-based expressions: theatre

Suffering from stage fright? Don’t be upstaged as Tim Bowen is waiting in the wings to help with these theatrical theme-based expressions.

Teaching materials: Putting on a play

Long-term project work can be extremely rewarding for your English class and a theatre production may be ideal. Daniel Barber shares some valuable tips on putting on a play with your class.

Creating characters

This lesson plan will encourage creativity and inspire an appreciation of literature. Young learners design a book cover and then create and describe their own fictional character, while learning to plan their ideas and organise their work before writing.

Predicting the contents of a book

In this lesson plan, pupils speculate about what kind of books four characters might like before choosing a book for them based on four book covers. They then complete a text with blurb for the back cover of a book.

Poetry appreciation

Pupils will have been working on identifying and using rhyming words in their own language: in these activities, young learners complete poems and play a memory game using rhyming words in English. Also helps pupils recognise the structure of simple poems and reinforces basic vocabulary words.

Literary appreciation

This is a lesson plan to help young learners acquire the basic skills they need to appreciate books: pupils classify books as fiction or non-fiction and identify the general contents of a book from its cover. Pupils put the lesson into practice through suggested follow-up activities for the classroom and the library.

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter

In this lesson plan, pupils discuss their favourite books and learn about this author and her hugely popular series.

Charles Dickens

A worksheet about the life of the famous English author Charles Dickens, whose novels include Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist.

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Serialized Macmillan Readers

Audio serializations of a selection of Macmillan Readers, with accompanying listening activities. 

Theatre posters

A British English worksheet to match plural forms of words to the correct theatre poster.

At the theatre

A British English worksheet to complete the play titles by using the clues to work out the missing words.

Teaching materials: using literature in the EFL/ ESL classroom

An article discussing ways to use literature in the EFL/ESL classroom.

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