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).
We first hear of The Winter’s Tale playing at the Globe in May 1611. It went on to be staged in 1612 at the celebrations of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth of England to Frederick V, the Elector Palatine. By dynastic chance, they were to be made King and Queen of Bohemia, and Elizabeth would come to be called the Winter Queen. A King of Bohemia figures greatly in The Winter’s Tale; however, Shakespeare could not have known how apt his subject matter would be ... Read More