The Merchant of Venice

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Even the most resolutely disengaged students can finally 'discover' and thrill to the rhythms and passions of Shakespeare's plays! Award-winning teachers and Shakespearean scholars have extensively trialled their approach to teaching Shakespeare's plays in the classroom, and this series is the result! The plays in this series are becoming increasingly popular for student resources in schools as English and Drama teachers discover their fabulous teaching and learning qualities.
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About the author

Aidan Coleman B.A., Dip. Ed., teaches English at Cedar College, Adelaide. In 2004, he attended the prestigious Prince of Wales Shakespeare School at Stratford-upon-Avon, and in 2005 his poetry collection Avenues & Runways was short-listed for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award. Aidan has been awarded the ASG Community Merit Medal and a 2006 National Excellence In Teaching Award. Abbie Thomas, BA Hons Dip Ed., is currently the English Coordinator at Walford Anglican School for Girls, Adelaide. She has presented curriculum and creative writing workshops at state and national conferences for English teachers and in 2006 she was selected to be part of the Young and Emerging Writer's Workshop at Varuna – The Writer's House in Katoomba, NSW as well as a Manuscript Assessment Award in 2008. Abbie is a member of SAETA council and she received a University of Adelaide Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.
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Publisher
Insight Publications
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Published on
Aug 31, 2011
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Pages
170
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ISBN
9781921411595
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / Shakespeare
Education / Secondary
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