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Speaking Daggers – Shakespeare in the Secondary Classroom - 11 March 2020 is a Course

Speaking Daggers – Shakespeare in the Secondary Classroom - 11 March 2020


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Date and Time 

Wednesday 11 March 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


This learning event is right for you if you are an English or Drama teacher looking for new skills in teaching Shakespeare to secondary students 


All of Shakespeare’s writings represent timeless, universal and essential human concerns, yet teachers and students alike struggle to grasp and communicate what he was saying. By exposing students to language that they are unlikely to encounter in modern literature or media, we are assisting in the development of their understanding of Standard English. Through this one-day workshop, teachers will be equipped with the skills to teach students that Shakespeare is a continuous contemporary voice that encourages them to think critically about their world. 

Shakespeare’s plays convey universal and relevant themes using rich language, hence they play an important role in the English and Drama curriculum. 


Key Takeaways 

·         units of work around Shakespearean texts in line with the Australian Curriculum, which are culturally relevant, engaging and academically sound 

·         instructional strategies and teaching methods, which bring new relevance and accessibility to Shakespeare’s canon  

·         performance-based activities to understand and communicate the nuances of language, characterisation, conflict and mood. 


Presenter Information

Will Hanley

Will Hanley is currently Advisor, Innovation Practice – Curriculum at Independent Schools Victoria. Prior to his current role, he taught English and Drama, holding various leadership positions, including Head of Department and Head of House. He has a passion for assisting young people to strive and thrive in multiple endeavours, challenging students to create and collaborate in order to comment on and positively contribute to the society in which they live.