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BBC Brings Shakespeare’s Words to English Learners

Special program offers lesson on Bard’s life and impact on English language

The BBC Learning English has created a series of animated shorts, bringing the language of William Shakespeare to life for English language learners. The episodes will also be available through radio, podcasts and TV.

In association with The Open University, “Shakespeare Speaks” is a series of 20 animated shorts that are part of the BBC’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Each video features a cast of real and imagined characters from Shakespeare’s life that explain the origin and meaning of some of his most famous expressions, as well as providing real-life examples of the phrases in modern use.

The programs will also offer online quizzes, games and other activities to reinforce and practice the lessons from the program.

“Shakespeare Speaks” kicked off on Friday, Jan. 22, with a new episode scheduled to go live every Friday for 20 weeks.