This lesson looks at a very well-known Shakespeare text, Hamlet's soliloquy, which begins 'To be or not to be'. Its main objectives are for learners to enjoy working with a Shakespearean text (which can be very motivating) and improve their confidence with language which is at first glance beyond them. It does this by identifying common and relevant themes, and inviting learners to comment on what is going on in the mind of the character, Hamlet.

Topic: Hamlet

Timing: 60-90 mins


  • To learn more about Hamlet and his soliloquy
  • To practise speaking through discussion
  • To practise writing advice

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