Hamlet is one of a series of lesson plans to accompany the short animated videos of five of Shakespeare’s plays on LearnEnglish Teens

Cath McLellan


In this lesson, students will discuss the idea of ‘taking revenge’, and watch a video about Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Students will check their understanding of the plot and characters in the play, and then work together to ask for and give advice to the main character, Hamlet.


  • To practise listening skills
  • To practise writing skills
  • To practise using functional language to give advice
  • To use critical thinking skills


Teens 12 +




45 minutes or 3 shorter segments


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

Click here  to go to the Shakespeare extension activities or download them below.

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Submitted by Jason Jixun M… on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 22:44


This course, in my mind, is a well-planed one for practically cultivating language-learners' literacy from traditional materials, among which brain-storming, story-board making (WOW, this can be developed to film-making), news-report writing in groups, roles-acting, digital video-appreciating - these advanced teaching techniques have all been applied. We can feel that then traditional literature works, in our designers' eyes, are twinkling fresh vitality in this post-era. I am hoping this kind of design can really awake our young generations' love of musical language itself and its beauties hidden behind. I am also hoping through our teachers and teacher educators' hard working, their literacy can be cultivated - who did really know whether or not one of them would be another Shakespeare in the not-far future? That's the magic power of education.

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