First off, I’ve got to say that I’ve never tried teaching Shakespeare to English Language Learners and, to tell the truth, I’m not sure I’m every going to try.
However, today The British Council released a series of six great videos and accompanying interactives to do just that, and I’m certainly going to invite my ELLs to check them out. This month is the 400th anniversary of his death.
And, while I’m at it, I thought I’d collect some other resources I’ve posted about in the past that might also fit on a “Best” Shakespeare list. Feel free to share, one, your thoughts about teaching Shakespeare to ELLs and, two, other resources you think should be on this list:
As I mentioned, the British Council released their videos. Here’s what they wrote about them:
On TeachingEnglish, teachers will find lesson plans for each video aimed at primary-aged children.
How to make Shakespeare easy for English language learners is another British Council post.
Do you write like Shakespeare? is a fun interactive.
Understanding Shakespeare with visualization is from Flowing Data.
Not for ELLs, but still interesting: I Can’t Imagine Why Anybody Teaching Shakespeare Would NOT Use “Shakespeare’s World”