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Shakespeare for Beginners

Beginner Level Course

Tutorials: 5

Length of Each Tutorial: 1 Hour

Recommended Age: 8+

Zounds and forsooth! Shakespeare is probably the greatest writer in the world, and is certainly the most performed and studied. But he’s not always easy to understand, and many students are put off him, even before they’ve read or seen a play. Whether you’re planning to study English or want to become more familiar and comfortable with some of the most important texts ever written, this course will introduce you to Shakespeare’s world with humour and flair, making his work accessible to all.

What You Receive

5 One-on-one Tutorials

with an Expert Tutor

Interactive and Engaging Exercises and Prompts for Further Study

Lesson Recap Booklet to Save or Print

Report Card with Personal Appraisal from Tutor 


Course Details

Tutor(s):​ This course is taught by several Canis Major tutors, depending on availability, each of whom has studied at Oxford or Cambridge university and holds a postgraduate degree. Please make an enquiry and we will send you the profiles of the tutors who are currently teaching this course.

Tutorial 1: Bears, Beheadings, and Good Queen Bess: Introducing Shakespeare’s England

Tutorial 2: Painting Pictures with Words: How to Understand what Shakespeare Means

Tutorial 3: Witches and Fairies and Ghosts—oh my! Folklore and Belief

Tutorial 4: Should I kill my Uncle? The Problem of Revenge

Tutorial 5: Love and Laughter (and Is the Ending Really Happy…?)

Fees: £250

How it Works

  1. Get in touch (below) and let us know which course you are interested in

  2. We will put you in touch with the tutor(s), to schedule the hours of the course around a timetable that is convenient for you.

  3. Your tutor is paid directly through bank transfer*

  4. Tutorials are completed

  5. Student receives an e-certificate and report card

*please note that course fees must be paid in full before the second tutorial has been completed after which refunds cannot be given.

This course is intended to expand a student’s understanding of the topic, cultivate crucial academic skills, and serve as a demonstration of their commitment to learning and capacity for autodidactic study. It is thus the ideal complement to a university application; it cannot be substituted for any necessary element of an application, but it may enhance a student’s overall portfolio. The tutor’s comments in the personalised report received upon completion of the course may be used as references or quotes in an application process.


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