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Free Shakespeare Courses

and Teacher’s Resources


or those with an interest in learning about our most-enduring playwright and one its most prominent poets  in even greater depth , the Web is your ticket to Shakespearean courses from some of the world’s leading institutions of higher learning. Here’s a  list to get your started:


This free series from Harvard University covers many of Shakespeare’s later plays, including Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, The Tempest, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter’s Tale.
There is also an Introduction and Summary Review session. The course is taught by Marjorie Garber, PhD and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and American Literature and Language of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University. Each lecture is two hours long.

This introduction to Shakespeare from Alison Advanced Learning (Ireland) is a free online course, sponsored by advertisers. The course consists of 12 segments including an overview of Shakespeare’s themes, life and times, audiences, and literary devices as well as insight into Macbeth and Hamlet, among other works from the Bard of Avon.

The University of Washington Educational Outreach program offers Shakespeare’s Comedies in three parts, plus an introduction and conclusion.

This course, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education provides ASL translations of Twelfth Night in Flash video, as well as essays about Shakesepeare’s life and career, his theater, and lesson plans for teachers.

This digital collection features pre-1642 editions of Shakespeare’s plays using an interactive interface.

This 26-part series from UC Berkeley professor Charles F. Altieri was recorded in Fall 2010 from the university’s English 117S course.

This course (MIT 21L.009)offers videos of lectures and PDFs of assignments from MIT professors Diana Henderson, Peter S. Donaldson, and Shankar Raman and offers analysis of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet, Henry IV & V, King Lear and The Tempest.

This course (MIT 21L.010), taught by Prof. Diana Henderson promises to “use Shakespeare's own words to arm you "with audacity" and a similar ability to make logical, compelling arguments, in speech and in writing.”

This course sponsored by Batavia University and taught by Professor James Hunter of Edgewood College covers nine of Shakespeare’s plays, two histories, three tragedies, three comedies, and one romance. ($1 donation required.)

Teacher Resources

This, the world’s premier Shakespeare Library,offers lesson plans, teacher workshops, links to online resources, and games and puzzles for kids.

Actor, director, producer, and teacher, Michael Kelly (with the Stratford Festival in Canada) helped develop this youth oriented company dedicated to educating children through the performance and study of Shakespeare.

Lessons, activities, and resources compiled from K-12 curricula commonly used for high school and freshman level college students.

Shakespeare After All

Shakespeare: His Life and Work

Shakespeare’s Comedies

The American Sign Language Shakespeare Project

The Shakespeare Quartos Archive

Shakespeare iTunes


Writing With Shakespeare

Introduction to Shakespeare

Online Courses

Folger Shakespeare Library

Shakespeare in Action


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