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EMC CPD Face-to-Face: Refresh Your Approach to Othello for A Level Literature

Places available
£245 per place

A cross-specification course to reinvigorate both your own reading of Othello and your teaching strategies. We will consider how to balance close reading with an overview of the text, including critical, creative and performance approaches. As well as sessions providing resources and practical strategies for teaching the text in its literary and generic context, the day will include a short academic lecture on 'The Geography of Othello' by Professor Emma Smith. NB: This is a repeat course.

  • Reading the play – from pre-reading to revision
  • Othello as tragedy – practical strategies for introducing, exploring and using concepts and criticism effectively to illuminate the text
  • Creative and critical approaches to reading and analysing the text
  • Active approaches to criticism.

EMC, 44 Webber Street, London, SE1 8QW

How to get to the English and Media Centre

National Rail:

Waterloo and Waterloo East are within 10 minutes walk


Southwark on the Jubilee Line

Waterloo on the Jubilee, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City and Northern Lines


The following bus routes go close to Webber Street: 1, 139, 168, 171, 172, 344


  • Course fee includes a digital copy of EMC's photocopiable pack Studying Othello.

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Lucy Webster

Lucy Webster has been an advisory teacher at EMC since 1999. She is co-editor of emagazine, runs courses and writes and edits publications, specialising in A Level English Literature. Recent publications include Doing Close Reading, study guides to A Streetcar Named DesireHamletKing Lear, Atonement and Mrs Dalloway and Yes We Can: EMC Approaches to Rhetoric – A Practical Guide for 11-14. She edited The Literature Reader and co-edited What Matters in English Teaching.

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Emma Barker

Emma Barker worked as an English teacher for many years in London schools, leading each of the key stages before becoming Head of English. At the EMC since 2016, she ran the English with media/drama PGCE course until 2023 and continues to teach the English side of EMC's Media with English PGCE with Goldsmiths, as well as working on student conferences and A Level courses at the Centre

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Professor Emma Smith

Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, University of Oxford and the author of many books about Shakespeare, including This is Shakespeare (2019).

  • Bookings for this course will close at 8am BST on Friday 3rd May or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner. 
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Cancellations and amendments

  • We require at least five working days’ notice of cancellation, otherwise your school will be invoiced for the full amount. However, if you are not able to attend and a colleague would like to take your place, this can be arranged at any time. (Please email [email protected] with the name and email address of the teacher.)
  • We know people who are travelling to in-person courses by train like to book their tickets as soon as possible to take advantage of cheaper fares. This course has now reached viable numbers so we can confirm it will run (barring unforeseen circumstances, see below). (For details of timing, centre address and map, see right.)
  • Please note, if a course has to be cancelled for reasons beyond our reasonable control, you will not be charged for the course and will receive a refund if you paid in advance. However, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the course which have been arranged by you or your institution are at your own risk and not refundable by us.
  • Our face-to-face courses are very interactive and cannot be live-streamed.