Shakespeare Special

Why teach Shakespeare? How can the Bard help to boost your employability?

Watch again to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. 

Keep an eye on the Macmillan Readers Shakespeare page to get FREE resources and keep up-to-date with all our other Shakespeare activities throughout 2016.

Watch the webinars again to help you bring Shakespeare into your classroom.

Jeanne Perrett: 10.00am (UK time)

Helping Young Learners Love Shakespeare

Our Young Learners might not be able to appreciate Shakespeare’s language, but they can enjoy learning more about the man himself and some of his characters and their actions. 

Join leading author Jeanne Perrett as she presents some simple Shakespeare-inspired drama activities to get your learners interacting and expressing themselves, exploring emotions and above all – loving Shakespeare! 

With over 30 years in language teaching business, Jeanne Perrett is author of our top-selling series Learning Stars and a wide range of English language course-books for primary and pre-primary classes as well as children’s novels. Don’t miss this chance to learn from one of the biggest stars on the ELT stage! 

Carol Noakes: 11.00am (UK time) 

All the world’s a stage: Performance Skills for Employability 

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players”; so it’s time to take action to boost your performance skills! 

You don’t need to be an aspiring actor or a Shakespeare-fanatic to benefit from learning some ‘secrets of the stage’. From team-building to confidence-boosting – to presenting and engaging audiences; you can develop a range of skills by bringing  drama into your classroom – and into your life! 
Join trained actor, vocal coach and public-speaking expert Carol Noakes and discover some tricks and techniques of the performance trade – and how to use them to enhance employability. 

As well as top insider tips, Carol will share her own experiences of Shakespeare and show us how her background as a performer has helped to shape her career success.   

Can’t wait until her webinar? See if you can spot her acting skills in our Skills for Work videos

Chris Rose: 12.00 noon (UK time) 

Such stuff as dreams are made on: Shakespeare for Teens

Author Chris Rose adapted the Macmillan Readers version of Othello, so he knows a thing or two about Shakespeare! He’s also an Associate Teacher Trainer at NILE, so he knows plenty about teaching too! 

Find out about Chris’s experience of adapting Shakespeare for Macmillan and explore some of the different ways you can use Shakespeare’s stories and language with your teenage students.   
As well as practical activities ready to try out in class, by the end of this webinar you will have had the chance to: 

  • see how storytelling works in Shakespeare and how you can use this in your classroom
  • look at some re-workings of Shakespeare’s stories
  • think about using Shakespeare in your teaching context

A popular presenter with our webinar audience, Chris has adapted several titles for Macmillan Readers, including Othello. He has been working as a teacher, teacher trainer, translator and writer for twenty years.