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CultureShake

An intercultural and multilingual learning project

CultureShake uses Shakespeare’s plays to bring multilingual teaching into the classroom of the 21st century. This three-year research and development project aims to combine the latest findings in multilingual didactics with intercultural communication in order to integrate students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including refugee children. CultureShake is delivered by project partners from four European countries: the University of Education in Karlsruhe (Germany), the University of Primorska (Slovenia), Stiftelsen English School Gothenburg (Sweden), Friedrich-Wöhler-Gymnasium (Germany) and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (UK).

Throughout the project duration we worked with secondary school students from the partner schools involved on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, creating peer teaching activities that incorporate the students' heritage languages into the learning. Further outcomes of the project are a method guide, an online dictionary compiled by the students themselves, and a handbook for cultural exchange programmes. Details of the project activities are available on the CultureShake website.

All materials created as part of the project are now freely available for download:

Shakespeare in the 21st-Century Classroom: A Method Guide for Teachers:

Guidelines for the compilation of a Shakespeare Terminological Dictionary

Concept for the Development of Peer Teaching Material

Exchanging Culture Shakes: A Teacher Manual for Multilingual and Transcultural School Exchanges


In September 2017 we hosted the second of three workshop weeks at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. After the week we created a slideshow of all the different activities the CultureShake students carried out together.

"It was a really nice experience and opportunity to be part of."

— CultureShake participant

"Shakespeare is in the future and in the past."

— CultureShake participant

If you would like to read up on CultureShake news from the Trust, they are available on our blog pages

The project was funded through Erasmus Plus and finished in October 2019.

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