LitSIG: Ah, Shakespeare! To rewrite or not to rewrite?
Join IATEFL Literature SIG for a webinar on Shakespeare with Jennifer Bassett, Tom Robb and Anisa Cheung among others.
Ah, Shakespeare! To rewrite or not to rewrite? Can we, should we, simplify his works? ‘Modernise’ them? How do we feel about changing his language, the settings, even the plots? A panel of experts, including Jennifer Bassett, Tom Robb and Anisa Cheung, will talk about an adaptation of Hamlet as a starting point (freely downloadable beforehand)… and then it’s over to you!
Jennifer Bassett moved from EFL teaching into materials writing and editing, and for more than 25 years specialised in writing and editing graded readers. Until 2014, she was the Series Editor of the Oxford Bookworms Library and Bookworms World Stories, and has written almost forty original and retold stories for these series, including The Life and Times of William Shakespeare. She has also written modern-day adaptations of Hamlet and King Lear.
Thomas Robb, Kyoto Sangyo University (Emeritus), is Chair of the Extensive Reading Foundation, and a committee member of the LitSIG, as well as Chair of International TESOL's Reading & Vocabulary Interest Section. He has published extensively on both the practical and theoretical aspects of Extensive Reading, and is the creator of the mreader.org quiz website that allows teachers to track their students' outside reading.
Anisa Cheung has been teaching English and courses related to linguistics and language pedagogy in a range of secondary and university settings in Hong Kong. Her most recent publication about the teaching of literary texts in secondary schools in Hong Kong has appeared in Language Teaching Research.