Literature Taster: Shakespeare

Course Dates: 16/09/21
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Online
Ever wondered what studying an online Literature course at City Lit is like? Tempted to try, but not ready to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session on Shakespeare to boost your confidence and whet your appetite for further study!
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £6.00

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Course Code: HLT258

Finished Thu, day, 16 Sep - 16 Sep '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This taster session course offers you the opportunity to experience studying Shakespeare, through brief tutor presentations, reading short passages, and group discussion, in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The online literature course will offer an opportunity to study some short extracts from two Shakespeare plays, including one comedy (As You Like It) and one tragedy (Hamlet). We will be exploring Shakespeare’s use of language and will also look at aspects of the plays in performance. There will be brief tutor presentations and you will be invited to engage in supportive and friendly group discussion.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Begin to feel more confident about what is involved in the study of Shakespeare.
Begin to feel more confident about approaching the language of Shakespeare.
Begin to feel more confident about discussing the work of Shakespeare with others.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The level of the course is introductory and no previous knowledge or experience of literature is necessary. Anyone with an interest in discussing literature is welcome.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including brief tutor-led slide presentations and readings of short extracts, and you will be invited to take part in group discussion via Zoom.
A small handout of short reading extracts will be emailed to you a few days before the start of the course by the lecturer; you will find it helpful to read these in advance of the session. (As this is a taster session, you do not need to read the plays in advance for this class.).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring the handout of extracts that will be emailed to you a few days in advance of the class, and a pen and paper for notetaking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may like to take other Shakespeare courses at City Lit, including the following course taught by the same tutor: HLT164 Shakespeare’s ghosts: Hamlet Macbeth & Julius Caesar. Other options for further study will be discussed in class.
See other Drama text to performance courses under History, Culture & Writing/Literature at

Sophie Oxenham

Sophie has taught Literature, Performing Arts and Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities for over twenty years, working for the Open University, Leeds University, and a range of Adult Learning Institutions before joining City Lit. Previously she freelanced as a theatre and opera director in community theatre and at English National Opera. She has an MA in Nineteenth Century English and American Literature, and a PhD in Early Modern Life Writing. She brings both experience and enthusiasm to her work with adult audiences.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.