School helps Chinese students learn about Shakespeare

Some of the students who performed Macbeth for the Chinese project.

Some of the students who performed Macbeth for the Chinese project.

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A group of Chinese students have been given an introduction to William Shakespeare.

Earlier this year, the British Council in China asked English language schools to act or read a short scene from Shakespeare to present to Chinese students on social media to introduce them to the Bard.

Students of Northumbria School of English, in Whitley Bay, filmed the opening scene from Macbeth and their film is due to be released on the Chinese version of YouTube and other social media sites, highlighting the school and our region.

The students were from Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Poland and Vietnam.

Christine Goodwin, of the school, said: “All participating schools were asked to tell a story behind the play – about the play, the students, their school and its region – to be presented to students when the films were released.”

“We highlighted the friendliness of the north east as a great place to come and study English, and gave information about our Victorian seaside town.”