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This lesson may be useful as an introductory lesson on Shakespeare.


In this lesson, learners are introduced to Shakespeare as the topic for the lesson and pool the knowledge that they already have about him with a mind map and quiz activities. They then practise question formation and speaking with an information-gap reading activity about Shakespeare's life and legacy and a theatre-themed 'Find someone who' activity. Finally, they try to complete some famous Shakespeare quotes and consider what they might mean.

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  • To learn about Shakespeare
  • To practise reading skills
  • To practise question formation
  • To develop speaking skills

Age group

Young learners aged 12+ or adults


CEFR level B1/B2


60 minutes approximately


The lesson plan, worksheet and reading texts can be downloaded in PDF format below.

Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1