Improve your English language skills by learning about William Shakespeare’s life and work and his universal appeal.  

This free online course will take us through life and works of William Shakespeare, from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London. Did you know that Shakespeare invented over 1000 English words and phrases that are still used to this day? You can learn all about Shakespeare and his language legacy with our new online course.

About the course

We will look at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world. They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work. The plays are: 

  • Romeo and Juliet, 
  • Hamlet, 
  • Much Ado About Nothing, 
  • The Tempest and
  • Macbeth. 

Our video tutor will guide you through the course and look at some of the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language. You can check your understanding through short quizzes and you will be asked to share your ideas and opinions on the topics Shakespeare raises.

Who is this course for

Based on the British Council’s high-quality language learning content this course is for people who are learning English and interested in the language and legacy of William Shakespeare. 

The material is designed for non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).

When can you join

This course is extremely flexible : it will take up to two hours of your time per week and you can practice at any time that suits you. You can sign up from now until the last day of the course. 

The course lasts for six weeks, until 21 February 2016.