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Shakespeare: Learning and Teaching


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This Shakespeare: Learning and Teaching short course is designed to inspire new teachers and invigorate experienced teachers in their approaches to Shakespeare. Placing a particular focus on A-level teaching, this unique CPD course offers you the chance to develop your understanding of the language of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, and of the historical contexts which shaped them.

You will investigate key scholarly debates about Shakespeare and the benefits of different pedagogical strategies. You will also learn how to address issues such as race, gender, and sexuality in the classroom. In essence, you will explore how to make your Shakespeare classrooms inspiring, inclusive and fun.

This Shakespeare: Learning and Teaching course aims to:

  • provide you with a practical focus on addressing Assessment Objectives in the classroom to promote intellectual exploration and creativity
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare’s texts and the scholarly/critical debates surrounding them
  • develop your knowledge of different pedagogical techniques and enhance your ability to evaluate and adapt them
  • increase your confidence in preparing students for transition to degree-level study.

Shakespeare: Learning and Teaching offers you the chance to develop your skills and knowledge at an advanced, postgraduate level. Assessment on this course is directly useful to your teaching and can also be used as a foundation for further educational or postgraduate study.

You will be required to engage in pedagogical research, evaluate your findings, and put your understanding to practical use. You will produce a portfolio comprising a lesson plan (500 words), a reflective commentary on the lesson plan (1,500) and an essay (3,000 words).

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.