Teaching Shakespeare to international students

Thanks to the British Shakespeare Association for publishing this short article in the latest issue of Teaching Shakespeare.  Attitudes to Shakespeare in the field of teaching English as a foreign/second language have historically oscillated from given him a prominent position in the diffusion of the English language overseas (Eagleton, 2008) to an almost total rejection … More Teaching Shakespeare to international students

Researcher development (Part 2)

The issue of how research skills are developed before one finishes a postgraduate degree, and how doctoral students acquire practical knowledge of doing research, may also pose philosophical speculations about how knowledge is achieved. Even recognizing the oversimplification, it could be said that such understanding comes from two different traditions: the one that sees knowledge … More Researcher development (Part 2)

On trial and error

St Andrews is a very special place indeed for a number of quite obvious reasons and I was lucky to be able to come back this year to present at the annual EAP Conference that takes place at the University of St Andrews. A well-deserved word of praise is due here to Kerry Tavakoli for … More On trial and error

The old gods and the new

Sometimes when characters in Game of Thrones feel the need to have their words backed-up by a higher authority than themselves, they swear ‘by the old gods and the new.’ Invoking someone with superior knowledge to attest for the veracity of what you are saying does not only happen when you call for a god; … More The old gods and the new