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).
When William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest in 1610 or 1611, he was in his mid-forties and he may have considered himself entering old age. The Tempest is a mellow, magical play. It has an old man as its hero. That old man is a magus. His name is Prospero. He controls the action of The Tempest as a playwright does a play. His final deeds are to set his world to rights, abjure his magic, return to his homeland and prepare for death. After The Tempest, Shakespeare settled ... Read More