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#041--November 4, 1999; MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: 415/338-1665

How do you get kids to fall in love with Shakespeare
or at least get to know him better?

Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers high school teachers tips on teaching Shakespeare

WHAT: More than 50 Bay Area high school teachers learn the finer points of teaching Shakespeare to young people from actors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and from S.F. State faculty. The Shakespeare company will perform scenes for the teachers then explain techniques for teaching Shakespeare in the classroom.

WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Humanities Building auditorium at S.F. State, 1600 Holloway Ave.

DETAILS: With the popularity of Shakespeare on the big screen, young people today are rediscovering the Bard of Avon and S.F. State is helping Bay Area English teachers sharpen their teaching skills. Teachers from high schools such as Lowell, McAteer and schools down the Peninsula will gather at San Francisco State on Saturday, Nov. 6, to learn how to make the writings of William Shakespeare come alive in the classroom. The highlight of the day comes at 2-3:30 p.m. in the Humanities Building auditorium when scenes from Shakespeare's plays will be performed by actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to help teachers understand the ways Shakespeare can be taught in the classroom. Following that session, Joan Langley, education director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will demonstrate and discuss techniques for teaching Shakespeare to high school and middle school students.

Morning sessions include a talk on supporting the adolescent reader of Shakespeare by Elise Earthman, professor of English at SFSU, at 9:30 a.m.; discussion on teaching Shakespeare and teaching acting by Bill Peters, professor of theatre arts, at 10:40 p.m.; and a lecture on teaching today in America by Jo Keroes, professor of English and author of a new book on teachers and teaching titled "Tales Out of School," 12:15 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Bruce Avery, organizer of the workshop and associate professor of English at S.F. State, at either (415) 338-3100 or (415) 665-3661. For additional assistance, call Ted DeAdwyler in the S.F. State Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-7110.


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