Focusing on the stories in the plays is fundamental to the success of our workshops in schools. Each programme gives students an opportunity to put scenes on their feet and interpret them as they wish.
Together we find out how themes or issues are applicable to their lives today.
Primary and secondary schools can contact us for more information. Education packs will be devised for different key stages and can be adapted for various teaching methodologies.
WORKSHOPS USING SHAKESPEARE TO TEACH ENGLISH
Exploring the themes and texts of Shakespeare’s plays is a fun way of teaching English. The focus is on standing up and 'doing' excerpts from the plays, rather than reading them sitting down. Acting out the story frees up the students' imaginations. We plan to build on our approach to the teaching of English as a second [and sometimes third] language in a variety of settings, including working with vulnerable adults, refugees and asylum seekers.
It was a great evening. Everyone was enthusiastic. Some were at the Club for the first time and you've set a very high standard, Mary. Helen Pitt, Magenta English Club, Milan March 2019
We can't recommend Shakespeare in Italy workshops with Mary Chater highly enough. Our Year 9 students were on their feet, working with real understanding, focus and energy throughout. Thank you!
Kate Ashdown, Head of English, Brighton and Hove High School ( Girls Public Day School Trust)
The workshop was absolutely excellent and surpassed my expectations. All the Year 5 children were engaged and participated well. The play was “The Merchant of Venice” and the staff helped the children understand the play fantastically. The children were taught they can do absolutely anything- act, dance and work as part of a team! We would like to thank you very much for a fantastic drama day! Miss R Choudhary, teacher at Bishop Creighton Academy Primary school, Peterborough
The Shakespeare in Italy sessions have helped me develop and organise my subject better, English as a second language for children from 6 to 11. The interesting material was much welcomed by all the pupils: scenes, songs, games, rhymes and chants. The children took part in a beautiful project, 'Theatre in English'. This finished with a show in the presence of families and members of the municipality and each class took part. Linda Cancellieri, English teacher at Piobbico and Apecchio primary schools (PU) Marche
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