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EMC CPD Face to Face: Refresh Your Teaching of Hamlet for A Level Literature

Places available
£245 per place
EMC, London

A cross-specification course to reinvigorate both your own reading of Hamlet and your teaching strategies. The course will provide a wide range of critical and creative approaches to analysing the text, balancing close reading with an overview of the whole, in its literary, generic and dramatic context. The day will explore strategies both for getting the play read for a first time and revisiting it at revision. Dr Eric Langley, UCL, will join us to give a lecture and explore your questions.

  • Creative and critical approaches to reading and analysing the text
  • Effective ways of engaging with criticism to extend responses
  • The play in its literary and generic context – critical engagement with tragedy
  • Revisiting the play for revision.

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


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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, Studying A Streetcar Named Desire, Studying Hamlet and Exploring Mrs Dalloway. 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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Eric Langley

Eric Langley is an Associate Professor in Literature at UCL, where he lectures on Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature. He has published two academic books with Oxford University Press, the first on Suicide and Narcissism in the Works of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, and the second entitled Shakespeare’s Contagious Sympathies, from which material for his lecture will be drawn. He has also published his own poetry, and was nominated for the Felix Dennis award for Best First Collection at the Forward Prizes in 2017 for his collection, Raking Light (Carcanet).
  • Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 15th March 2024 or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner. 
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Course Date:
19 Mar 2024
Start Time:
Bookings Close:
8.00AM on 15 Mar 2024