Shakespeare Workshops: Macbeth

Macbeth workshops

Lots of students are trying to get ahead of the curve this summer. Be one of them by completing our 4 week course – Shakespeare Workshops: Macbeth.

English Literature GCSE

Summer Workshops: Macbeth

Macbeth Workshop Sessions

Weekly Overview

Each week in our Shakespeare workshops: Macbeth, students tackle a different aspect of the play. We cover key ideas and themes, as well as support students’ discussion of these topics and exam skills.

Ambition in Macbeth

‘How does Shakespeare present the theme of ambition in Macbeth?’

Kingship

‘Explore how Shakespeare presents ideas of kingship in the play.’

Religion

‘To what extent is Macbeth a play about religion?’

Women and Femininity

How does Shakespeare present women and femininity in Macbeth?’

Macbeth Lessons

Macbeth Workshops

Each lesson will cover a different aspect of the play. Students develop the critical thinking skills needed for the the GCSE English literature exam.

Students have access to the lesson materials before the session date. This givens them opportunity, if they want, to print off any information that they need and to look over the reading before the lesson.

it is assumed that students will have some understanding of the plot and characters before the lesson begins. These lessons are to develop exam skills and critical thinking, rather than to cover the plot of the play.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the workshops held?

These workshops will run for the first time in August 2022. Each lesson occurs weekly on Tuesdays at 6pm (BST).

What is included?

Each lesson has online supporting materials. These include the PowerPoints, extracts and quotation banks used in each lesson. In addition to this, there are online quizzes to support learning and retention of the information covered.

what do I need for each lesson?

Essential materials include a pen, paper and a copy of Macbeth. Some students might also want to have a copy of the PowerPoint or extracts/materials as a print out.

Where are they held?

Workshops are held online, via Zoom.

What about additional learning needs?

We cater to all different types of learners. Let us know about any SEND information and we will adapt our teaching to be inclusive.

What happens if I miss a session?

We provide all materials on the online platform in addition to the 45 minute group lesson. This should be enough to keep on top of the session content, but we are happy to offer 1:1 sessions at an additional charge.

English Grammar

English Grammar

Online English Grammar Course

English Language Online grammar Course

What’s the idea behind this English grammar course?

Having worked as an English teacher in a variety of settings, I have seen first-hand the impact of poor grammar on students’ writing. Poor understanding of grammar impacts grades across the curriculum and many students need additional support and revision of this area. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to cover these aspects of English in schools, especially as students get older.

Who is this grammar course for?

This online course is aimed at intermediate students. This includes:

  • 11+ and students sitting entrance examinations for elite schools within the UK
  • KS3 students
  • KS4 revision
  • Level 2 literacy students
  • Adult students who want to brush up on grammar.

This course assumes knowledge of English vocabulary. It would therefore suit intermediate+ students studying English as a foreign language.

What will this online course cover?

During your learning, you will cover the basics of grammar in four key areas:

  • Word level
  • Sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Paragraphs

These areas will look at different classifications of words and build upwards to sentence construction, using a variety of punctuation and then how to structure ideas into paragraphs. It will show the pitfalls that many students end up in, and how to avoid them. By the end of the course, you’ll be confident of the difference between abstract and proper nouns and know how to use semi-colons.

How long will the course take?

Students will study 26 lessons, plus 4 end of unit assessments, equating to 30 hours of learning. Following the programme of study, it should take 12 weeks to complete the course.

Are there any course requisites?

Only an interest in improving speech and writing in English! All technical terminology is explicitly taught and requires no pre-requisites.

What are the next steps in English grammar learning?

After this course, many students will go on to sit 11+, entrance or GCSE examinations. For these students, we recommend the creative writing course (coming soon) or 1:1 online tuition to support learning.

Other students might want to develop their analysis and academic writing. These courses are currently under development and will be released in the autumn term. In the meantime, 1:1 online tuition can support learning goals.