Ben Crystal is internationally renowned for performing, teaching and writing about Shakespeare and here he introduces a tool you can use with your classes to reveal characters' feelings through Shakespeare's hidden stage directions: the 'heartbeat' of his works.

by Ben Crystal
19th March 2018



‘Poetry is not the opposite of prose. Poetry is the opposite of restraint.’ John Guzlowski Shakespeare’s ‘wrighting’ When Will Shakespeare turned his hand away from acting to ‘wrighting’, it so befell he was really very good at it. Not... read more



Emela Milne and Victoria Honeybourne are co-authors of 'The Speech, Language and Communication Pocketbook' (Teachers’ Pocketbooks, 2014). Emela is a speech and language therapist and Victoria is a senior advisory teacher. In this article, they share their advice for empowering students with knowledge of prefixes and suffixes as part of their vocabulary learning.

by Emela Milne and Victoria Honeybourne
6th February 2017



Seemingly disparate words can of course have common elements. What do the following words all have in common? unhappy cybersecurity childish overwork... read more



Victoria Walker is an assistant headteacher and English teacher at St. Ursula’s Convent School in Greenwich. She is a Founding Trustee of the College of Teaching and has delivered CPD on Shakespeare’s histories and the Gothic for the Prince’s Teaching Institute. In this article, Victoria shares some ideas for how best to introduce Gothic literature to your students, at any key stage.

by Victoria Walker
12th December 2016



Gothic literature is one of my favourite things to teach: it’s exciting, it’s spooky, and it has had a pervasive impact on modern pop culture. As I write, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural are into their eighth and twelfth seasons respectively,... read more



Francis Gilbert lectures in PGCE Secondary English at Goldsmiths, and is a former English teacher, writer, commentator and journalist. Here, Francis explores how writing poetry can inform and enhance students’ experiences of encountering poems for the first time.

by Francis Gilbert
12th May 2016



One way to get students writing well about poetry is to get them writing poetry itself. In fact, research (Dymoke, 2015) shows that students respond much more positively to poetry and write better essays when they become poets themselves.... read more



Emela Milne and Victoria Honeybourne are speech, language and communication specialists who co-authored 'The Speech, Language and Communication Pocketbook' (Teachers' Pocketbooks, 2014). In this article, they explore the role of narrative in literacy and in the wider world.

by Emela Milne and Victoria Honeybourne
2nd February 2016



What is narrative? Constructing a narrative means putting ideas together in a coherent sequence that explains our thoughts, feelings and ideas. Constructing and understanding extended oral and written narratives requires many word, sentence and specific... read more



The importance of vocabulary has always been apparent in the English classroom, but its value in facilitating better academic prospects as well as better life chances is becoming more widely appreciated. Speech, language and communication specialists, Emela Milne and Victoria Honeybourne, provide a starting point for English teachers looking to teach vocabulary directly.

by Emela Milne and Victoria Honeybourne
5th October 2015



Why is vocabulary important? The importance of vocabulary cannot be over-emphasised. Indeed, vocabulary skills at age five have been shown to be one of the strongest predictors of success at GCSE level and beyond. It is through vocabulary that we store... read more



Written by Francis Gilbert, author and English PGCE course leader, these suggestions for English teachers support students in appreciating Shakespeare's stagecraft.

by Francis Gilbert
14th April 2014



Studying Shakespeare in an English classroom can lead to students' referencing a play as a 'book' or losing the sense of the narrative. Here are some suggestions for ensuring that you bring out the drama of the text, without breaking out in a cold sweat!... read more



Shakespeare's language often presents a barrier to students' learning. In this suggested approach, author and PGCE course leader Francis Gilbert outlines how modern translations can provide a useful way in.

by Francis Gilbert
10th February 2014



Here are my suggestions for improving students' engagement with and understanding of Shakespeare's language through modern translations. Further details, links and suggested resources to support this approach are provided in the resource below. 1 Starting... read more

Penned for our 'Teaching Shakespeare' series of emails, Francis  … read more
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Getting students to 'own' the value of Shakespeare as part of their cultural capital is not necessarily straightforward. Francis Gilbert, author, journalist and Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education and course leader for PGCE English at Goldsmiths, suggests how you can familiarise your students with Shakespeare's language.

by Francis Gilbert
13th January 2014



Studying Shakespeare is likely to have a Marmite reaction in any classroom, but the following teaching approaches aim to reassure students that there's less to be feared than they might have originally thought. The accompanying resource includes further... read more



Francis Gilbert is Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education and course leader for PGCE English at Goldsmiths, a writer, commentator and journalist. In this suggested lesson structure, Francis gives tips on how to introduce students to Shakespeare.

by Francis Gilbert
4th November 2013



So you need to get your students both enthused by and knowledgeable about Shakespeare? How do you do it? Here's an outline of an introductory lesson which gets students to consider the fundamental 'point' of studying Shakespeare. The accompanying resource... read more



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