From the Guardian:
Shakespeare should be taught to children as young as four, before they have become intimidated by the language, the Royal Shakespeare Company will say today. Introducing the works of Shakespeare to teenagers is too late, the RSC will argue.
Jacqui O’Hanlon, head of education at the RSC, said: “We’ve seen teachers working extremely well in reception classes. There’s been a lot of success with four-year-olds.”
With primary school kids there isn’t a fear factor because they’ve never heard of him. What we do with children from the age of eight is unfold the story piece by piece and engage them with key moments of drama and try to get them involved in an empathetic moment of drama.”
The suggestion that young children should learn Shakespeare comes as the RSC launches a campaign to improve the teaching of the Bard.
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