We’ve been thinking a lot about the benefit of having students listen to Shakespeare’s language. With the recent release of the digital edition of Othello, we are in the process of producing an audio recording of the play that follows the Folger edition. The goal is to enable students to read and hear the text at the same time. Our current production of Henry V is going to give us the opportunity to do an audio recording of the Chorus speeches, and we’re thinking this might be helpful for students to have available to listen to, as well. In the middle of considering all of this, it occured to us that it might be helpful to blog about it and see what kinds of responses we’d get to asking about how teachers use audio recordings of plays in their classrooms. We’re not talking about passive listening. Rather, actively engaging students through a guided listening exercise or activity, for example. So, do you use audio recordings of Shakespeare’s plays, or of any plays, in your classrooms? How do you use them? Do you find the option to be a valuable one, based on your own classroom use?
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