Teaching Othello for A Level Literature

Why should you attend?

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 literary, stylistic 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 lecture by Dr Eric Langley of UCL – ‘Give Me the Ocular Proof: Discovering the Secrets of Othello’.

What will the course cover?

  • 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.
  • Archetypes and drama – new approaches to dramatic characterisation.
  • Revising the text – strategies to extend students’ understanding rather than simply consolidate it.

NB. This is a repeat course. 


Outstanding. The third EMC course I’ve been on and well worth it. Always invigorating and relevant with fantastic resources to take away.

Eva Yemanakis, Bristol Grammar School on ‘Teaching Othello for A Level Lit or Lang/Lit’.

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