Celebrate Shakespeare!


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Welcome to Will’s World – home of all our Shakespeare 2016 celebrations!

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we’ll be bringing you lots of brand-new resources to help you explore the enduring relevance of his plays, characters and language with your students.

Be sure to sign up for our monthly emails to get all the latest Shakespeare resources – plus a FREE copy of our Hamlet eBook!



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 Shakespeare eBook CollectionBuy the books

To accompany all of your 2016 Shakespeare classroom celebrations, be sure to stock up on plenty of Shakespeare Graded Readers!

Our seven titles are available to buy as print books and eBooks.  Some titles are also available as audio books or books + CD.

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ShakespeShakespeare for Life are for Life lessons

This brand-new series of lesson plans and videos  is designed to help you get students excited about Shakespeare and explore the enduring relevance of his language, and plays in our everyday lives.

Ideal for Teens and Intermediate level students, there’ll be a lesson plan and video to accompany each of our seven Shakespeare titles.

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Fun & Games

Fun and games

Looking for a light introduction to Shakespeare or a fun class activity?

Take a look at our quizzes, infographics and charades videos!

No foul play please!

Have fun


Schools Competition

Shakespeare was a pretty good writer – but we think your students can do better !

So, to nurture and showcase their creative talents, we’ve launched a special Shakespeare-themed writing and illustration competition – open to students aged 7 to 700!

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Hip-Hop Shakespeare

Over on Macmillan Dictionary, we’ve teamed up with world-renowned recording artist Akala and the Hip-Hop Shakespeare company to create an exclusive new Shakespeare rap!

Find out more, watch the video and get your students rapping today!

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Shakespeare Special Webinar

Will’s webinars

Thousands of teachers tuned in to watch our special day of Shakespeare-themed webinars back in April, presented by Carol Noakes, Chris Rose and Jeanne Perrett.

Whether you’re teaching young learners, teens or adults – there’s some top tips and activities to discover!

Find out more and watch again.



FREE Hamlet!

FREE Hamlet

Join our email list to receive all the latest Shakespeare resources throughout 2016 – and get a FREE Hamlet eBook!

You need to sign up via the Macmillan English website here:

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As well as enjoying all the resources here on Macmillan Readers, you can find a great range of Shakespeare resources on onestopenglish – for a variety of learning levels.

From a brand-new EAP series to the hugely popular Shakespeare webquest and audio adventure, England: To be or not to be, there’s plenty to entertain and engage!

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Drama in the classroom

As well as using Shakespeare, there are lots of other great ways you can bring drama into your language lessons this year – whatever level you’re teaching at!

Enter the Macmillan Readers ‘Drama School’ and discover drama-based activities and FREE guide to using drama in the classroom.

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