Our 2016 Annual Theme
2016 is to be the English Project’s Year of 'The Languages of Shakespeare'. 23rd April 2016 will be the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. 23rd April also happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday; to celebrate this and commemorate his deathday, we shall post on the 23 day of every month, a study of the language of Shakespeare, of the languages that influenced his language and of the languages that he has influenced.
Welcome to The English Project
The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).
Towards the end of 1592, Londoners were entertained by the staging of The Life and Death of Richard the Third. William Shakespeare had written the play shortly after the trilogy of Henry VI Parts I, II and III with which he had begun his career as a playwright. Richard III registers an advance on Henry VI although Richard, a villain who delights in his wickedness, has moments when he shows his modelling on Vice, the figure from the old morality plays. ... Read More