Shakespeare and English Language

Explore the works of England's greatest playwright
Module information
Semester 1 and Semester 2
3 hours per week
Module leader:
Dr Chris Lima

Module names and codes

  • Shakespeare and English Language (Semester 1) EL3025 (Henry V - Othello - The Merchant of Venice)
  • 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:EL3026.jpg

  • 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 an advanced level of English: 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.

Further resources

Eletronic reading lists, an academic writing tutorial, support material and links are all available on Blackboad to students enrolled on these modules.

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