To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, British Council and the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia invited educators across Russia to join us for Shakespeare Day – and conduct a lesson dedicated the heritage of the great playwright.
All participating teachers had a chance not only to win one of three trips to the UK, but also a tablet or a legendary English textbook by submitting video of their lesson to the competition.
All submissions are added to the British Council channel on YouTube
The competition is a part of Shakespeariad — a series of events, lectures, creative challenges and competitions dedicated to William Shakespeare, in the framework of the Year of Language and Literature 2016 and Shakespeare Lives festival.
The best projects were selected by the judging panel of British Council representatives.
The winner of the competition is Ekaterina TISHKOVA, School №1569, Moscow. Ekaterina submitted ‘The part of emotions when performing drama’ — a cross-disciplinary English/Drama lesson, — and received the main prize, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet.
The two finalists of the competition will receive Raymond Murphy’s English Grammar in Use — the legendary textbooks signed by the author:
Natalia RUDOMETOVA, School №7, Perm — Video Lesson
Shakespeare Lives! School Pack
To help the teachers bring Shakespearean masterpieces to life in classroom and promote cross-curricular studies, British Council and the Royal Shakespeare Company designed Shakespeare Lives! School Pack.
These materials will help introduce the elements of Shakespearean sonnets and plays to the study of Literature and English, but also World Art and Culture, History, Social Science and more!
It explores Shakespeare as a writer who still speaks for all people and nations, addressing big questions and themes about the human experience and what it means to be a citizen in the 21st century. This pack encourages teachers and pupils to engage with some of the issues, themes and ideas in Shakespeare’s plays, and to explore the ways they remain relevant and current in our lives today, wherever we are in the world.
Shakespeare’s plays have been staged many times since they were written over 400 years ago and there are still so many different ways of interpreting his work; each interpretation will draw out different themes and ideas and we hope you enjoy exploring the ones we have developed in this pack.
The five key sections of the Pack are Leadership and Power, Identity and Equality, Family and Relationships, Fate and Destiny, Justice and Rules. Each section contains a wide range of activities for students aged 7-14, which could be used as departure points for discussion in class, or as elements of multidisciplinary project to be undertaken within a school or in cooperation with partner schools in Russia and abroad.
Shakespeare’s plays have been staged many times since they were written over 400 years ago and there are still so many different ways of interpreting his work; each interpretation will draw out different themes and ideas and we hope you enjoy exploring the ones we have developed in this pack..
Subject areas: Art, World Art and Culture, Design and Technology, History, Theatre Studies, Social Science.
To download Shakespeare Lives! School Pack, please visit SchoolsOnline (in English).
Additional Materials for Shakespearean Lesson Prep (in English):
Exploring English: Shakespeare – free online course (MOOC) on Futurelearn.
Seven short animated videos on Shakespeare's life and works.
Advise on how to make reading and studying Shakespeare easy and fun for international students.
Mobile app Globe 360 – a virtual guide to the celebrated theatre.
Mini-guide to Poisons and Potions – a scientific approach to nefarious chemicals in Shakespeare’s plays, with pictures and chemical formulae.