Teaching Shakespeare Around the World
Teaching Shakespeare Around the World is a website that offers free, fun and flexible teaching resources for secondary schools worldwide. Sign up to browse our resource bank, and find the right activities to get your students excited about the world’s most famous playwright!
New for 2016:
Shakespeare in translation – Spanish and French resources available now!
As Shakespeare is celebrated around the world in his big anniversary year (he died 400 ago in 1616), we teamed up with our friends from around the world to present a selection of classroom resources in translation! If you want to bring Shakespeare to your classroom but think that your students’ language skills would prevent them from studying Shakespeare in English, why not use our new resources in Spanish and French?
Our thanks for the Spanish translations go to Museo Casa Natal Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares.
Teaching Shakespeare Around the World offers free and downloadable resources and activities to teachers, inspiring them to explore Shakespeare in creative and engaging ways in their classrooms.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust passionately believes that Shakespeare is not only for all time, but for everyone, and that having a great first experience of Shakespeare should be possible for everybody, no matter where they live and whether or not they get the chance to visit his Birthplace in person.
Shakespeare is a named author on the curriculum in 65% of countries, studied by around half of the world’s schoolchildren every year. He has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British. Yet many students grow up to regard Shakespeare as difficult, and not for them, and in turn are very unlikely to introduce their own youngsters to his creative influence.
Teaching Shakespeare Around the World is dedicated to fun and flexible resources for introducing the world’s most famous playwright to secondary school audiences all around the world, both in Anglophone countries and in countries where English is taught as a foreign language. These resources cover a whole range of topics, from introductions to his timeless stories and activities built around Shakespeare’s plays to the influence Shakespeare has had on the English language. They open up the historical context of Elizabethan England and invite creative responses to his works. The resources are based on our educational offers at the Shakespeare Centre and in creating them we’ve been working in collaboration with teachers from all over the world. And, what is most important – they are available for free.
We won’t tell you how to do Shakespeare with your students – only you know how to do that in your particular classroom setting. Instead we have provided you with a range classroom resources that are as flexible as possible, while still being fun and of high quality.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – About Us
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world.
Together, Shakespeare’s five family homes in Stratford upon Avon form an iconic destination in the UK which has been attracting visitors from around the globe for centuries. Today, a tour of these houses takes you on a natural journey through Shakespeare’s life from his birth at the house on Henley Street, to his death at New Place across the town.
At the heart of all things ‘Shakespeare’, the Trust holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open to the public. The Shakespeare Centre Library and Archives also house the Royal Shakespeare Company’s archive and the records for the town of Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area.
We run a world-class programme of formal and informal educational programmes and literary lectures, to encourage the appreciation and study of Shakespeare’s works, and the advancement of Shakespearian knowledge on an international scale.
We welcome some three quarters of a million visitors to Shakespeare’s family homes each year, and inspire millions more online through our website, active blogging communities and digital initiatives.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Centre,
Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon,
Warwickshire CV37 6QW