Bilingual Shakespeare A Practical Approach for Teachers by Alex Fellowes


Bilingual Shakespeare A Practical Approach for Teachers by Alex Fellowes

How many ages hence; Shall this our lofty scene be acted over; In states unborn and accents yet unknown? (Julius Caesar); Diversity enriches the learning environment and Shakespeare, with his universal themes, should be heard in many different voices, accents and languages - he is not owned by one age, class or cultural group. This book describes how children for whom English is not their first language respond enthusiastically to Shakespeare's plays, once they are made accessible. Drawing on decades of working with bilingual children, Alex Fellowes shows here how teachers can bring Shakespeare's plays alive to all the children in a class, in a way that will inspire other teachers. At a time when issues of creativity are under scrutiny in the national curriculum, particularly in relation to KS3 English, this book points the way forward for all pupils. But it also addresses a problem which is of constant concern to teachers of English as a Second Language: how to sustain support for bilingual learners once they have command of survival English. Chapters deal with the following: why do bilingual Shakespeare? Hamlet - a bilingual way into Shakespeare; successful lessons - using a bilingual approach; unravelling Shakespearian sonnets: poetry in a multilingual classroom; performing Shakespeare - reaching out into the wider community; the way, through languages, into Shakespeare's world; drama teaching techniques; This book is for all teachers of English in secondary schools and particularly those who have pupils for whom English is a second or additional language. It will also interest those working in the field of EAL.



-seating, tableaux and improvisation, where bilingual classes can share the other languages of drama. The book's most striking recorded success is not from a play at all, but a Year 8 class's admirable work on Shakespeare's Sonnet 91, 'Some glory in their birth, some in their skill'. This... shows Fellowes

About the Author

Alex Fellowes is well known for his 30 years' teaching Shakespeare in a Bradford middle school where many of the pupils speak Urdu and Punjabi. He contributes to the Shakespeare Summer school at Stratford upon Avon and to teacher training programmes on drama.

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150 pages


Alex Fellowes
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Publication date

14th March 2001



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