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.
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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).
Sometime between 1599 and 1606, William Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Macbeth. It is the shortest of his great tragedies and the most popular. It is known in the theatrical world as the ‘Scottish Play’, and it is said to be unlucky to say the name ‘Macbeth’ out loud. It is a historical play of a kind, and it takes as its subject the murder of a Scottish king. It was at the time of its writing very much a topical play since 1603 had seen the death of Queen Elizabeth and her place taken ... Read More