Y10 Shakespeare Shorts
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Spring Term 2020
Since the beginning of term, 25 students from Year 10 have been working with local poet and writer, Zahid Hussain, participating in a range of activities to help them refine their approach to the study of English Language. The project, entitled ‘Shakespeare Shorts’ is designed to remove barriers to language acquisition by focusing on what words mean, where they come from and the different ways in which they can be used. Engagement in competitive word games has enabled students to lay the foundation for what will progress to allow a deeper understanding of Shakespearean language.
For many, the language used in Shakespeare’s plays can seem tricky, unfamiliar and overly complicated. By guiding students through the construction of language, Zahid has begun to take away the confusion associated with studying Shakespeare and in the words of Rose in Year 10, has made English fun again: “I really like the lessons and wish all English lessons could be like this, I'd enjoy it more then."
"They [the sessions] are actually a lot of fun. It [taking part] has really helped me with my writing as now I think about what I'm putting down and feel more confident selecting different words. Before I used the same words in my writing, but now I'm considering alternatives and realising that language isn't scary... Shakespeare seemed so difficult, but it's more approachable now." Maream, Year 10
"I'm really enjoying the sessions. Zahid is great and makes it fun." Yousaf, Year 10