English Language Teaching Unit

Shakespeare and English Language

Explore the works of England's greatest playwright.

Credits 15 
Availability Semester 2  
Classes 3 hours per week
Module Leader

Dr Chris Wolf

Module names and codes

  • Shakespeare and English Language (Semester 2) EL3027 (Macbeth - As You Like It - Richard III)

Module aims

As a result of these modules, students will be able to:

  • analyse core elements of the dramatic structure of Shakespeare's plays, such as genre, plot structure, characterisation and themes
  • discuss textual, performative, and creative aspects of the plays
  • employ strategies to approach Shakespeare’s language
  • recognise and put into practice specific lines of criticism when analysing the plays
  • write academic essays in English using appropriate register, style, and references

Who are these modules for?

  • These modules are open to all Erasmus and Study Abroad students for university credits
  • Students are expected to have a level of English of: CEFR C1
  • As these modules are designed for students whose first language is not English, language activities and vocabulary development are key element
  • Although desirable, no previous knowledge of Shakespeare's work is needed


  • Both modules are assessed by means of two pieces of academic writing: a critical review of a play in the syllabus and an essay

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