Welcome to our website!!!! The students, teachers and Heads of Cecies 25, 21 and 19 welcome you to this "Shakespeare's experience!!  The idea of a genuine cooperative work among the students and teachers of the three language centres in charge of Supervision of Foreign Languages Scholar Districts 19 and 21, under Supervisor Prof. Alfredo Daniel Nuñez, brought about an excellent product of efforts and creativity. As our Scholar Curriculum states, "it is in meaningful contexts and in real communicative stiuatitions that our students make authentic use of their language..." and that is our aim...


William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised a few days later on 26 April 1564. His father, John Shakespeare, was a glove maker and wool merchant and his mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a well-to-do landowner from Wilmcote, South Warwickshire. It is likely Shakespeare was educated at the local King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford. He married at the age of 18 to Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer, on November 28, 1582. She was eight years older than him and their first child, Susanna, was born six months after their wedding. Two years later, the couple had twins, Hamnet and Judith, but their son died when he was 11 years old. Shakespeare was prolific, with records of his first plays beginning to appear in 1594, from which time he produced roughly two a year until around 1611. His hard work quickly paid off, with signs that he was beginning to prosper emerging soon after the publication of his first plays. By 1596 Shakespeare’s father, John had been granted a coat of arms and it’s probable that Shakespeare had commissioned them, paying the fees himself. A year later he bought New Place, a large house in Stratford.Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in New Place in Stratford. He died on 23 April 1616 at the age of 52 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. He left his property to the male heirs of his eldest daughter, Susanna. He also bequeathed his 'second-best bed' to his wife. It is not known what significance this gesture had, although the couple had lived primarily apart for 20 years of their marriage.


1st Meeting July 2014 at C.E.C.I.E 19







Second Meeting about SHAKESPEARE's life and work, this time at CECIE 21. The worksop took place on Friday 10th of Cotober wheere Students of 6th year at that Centre showed and shared their productions and activities with students of CECIE's 19th and 25th. We had fun at working with quizzes, games, songs and drama... it was a lovely evening and we learned a lot participating with interest!!!



Celebrating a new anniverary of William's shakespeare's birth, let's share an illustrated summary of his most famous play, a true love story and a tragedy at the same time: ROMEO AND JULIET.

Watch the play on these cartoons and make a little summery oft he story and write some lines about the story:


1-Mention the names of the Protagonists

2-Mention some of the other characters in the story.

3-Is this a happy or a sad story? Why?

4-What would you change of the story to make a different ending?

Luca de Vito's Answer:





Activity 1: Read


William Shakespeare was born on (1) _______________, __________ in (2) Stratford-upon- Avon. When he was (3) _______________ he went to the local grammar school for boys. He left school when he was about (4) 14. He was only (5) _______________ when he met (6) Anne Hathaway and they got married in (7) _______________ , __________ . Their first daughter, (8) Susanna, was born (9) _______________ months later.

In (10) 1592, Shakespeare was living in (11) _______________ and had become famous. At this time he was writing and acting for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men at the Globe Theatre. Shakespeare became very successful and in (12) 1599 he bought the (13) _______________ . During his life he wrote at least (14) 37 plays including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. He died on his birthday in (15) _______________ at the age of (16) 52.


Activity 2: Make questions


(1) When               __________________________________________________________________?

(3) How old               __________________________________________________________________?

(5) How old               __________________________________________________________________?

(7) When               __________________________________________________________________?

(9) How many               __________________________________________________________________?

(11) Where               __________________________________________________________________?

(13) What               __________________________________________________________________?

(15) When               __________________________________________________________________?


Activity 3: Read this passage.

What's so special about Shakespeare?


It's a fascinating question. Perhaps there is more than one answer.


People still talk about Shakespeare and study his plays because

  • he wrote plays that are enormously rewarding to act and direct
  • his characters are endlessly interesting and impossible to reduce to a simple formula
  • his language, though now difficult, is subtle, richly varied, and eloquent (this includes the Sonnets, of course)
  • the plots of his plays still speak to the experiences of a modern world (think of the recent teen movies Ten Things I Hate About You from The Taming of the Shrew and Get Over It from A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • his plays survive translation, and are performed around the world
  • he's just an amazingly good writer.

There are also some less attractive reasons. Some people still talk about Shakespeare because:


  • he's famous, so you should take him seriously
  • he's famous, so you would look bad if you didn't say you liked him
  • he's always been studied, so we should go on studying him.


Activity 4: Read these opinions and say if you agree or disagree. Give reasons.


Why is Shakespeare still so popular?




He had an uncanny (mysterious) ability to take 'human interest' stories from right around the world and make them not appealing to but also accessible to the masses, both ordinary people and royalty.


Because he was a very talented playwright Also and little known, is that he brought hundreds of new words and phrases to the English language, such as "all the world’s a stage" About 1500 words in all, so too many to relate.



His plays have travelled through time and been able to be applied to the present. The themes of "Taming of the Shrew" and "Othello" have been made into modern teenage movies that met with a popular audience. However, the wording was not Shakespeare’s words.


…because it's part of every English class curriculum. so everyone reads it, and the people that read it become teachers and so the cycle continues again.






He takes the stories and weaves the plots together in new and captivating ways.  He might take ideas from three different sources and put them together in the episodic structure he used; he then weaves a tale that holds interest throughout.






Activity 1: Read



 William Shakespeare was born on (1) 23 April, 1564 in (2) _______________ . When he
 was (3) seven he went to the local grammar school for boys. He left school when he was about (4) _______________ . He was only (5) 18 when he met (6) _______________ and they got married in (7) November 1582. Their first daughter, (8) _______________ , was born (9) eight months later.

In (10) _______________ , Shakespeare was living in (11) London and had become famous. At this time he was writing and acting for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men at the Globe Theatre. Shakespeare became very successful and in (12) _______________ he bought the (13) Globe Theatre. During his life he wrote at least (14) _______________ plays including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. He died on his birthday in (15) 1616 at the age of (16) _______________ .


Activity 2: Make questions


(2) Where               ____________________________________________________________________?

(4) How old               ____________________________________________________________________?

(6)Who                ____________________________________________________________________?

(8) What               ____________________________________________________________________?

(10) When               ____________________________________________________________________?

(12) When               ____________________________________________________________________?

(14) How many____________________________________________________________________?

(16) How old               ____________________________________________________________________?


Activity 3: Read this passage.


Why is Shakespeare still so popular?


Shakespeare is still so popular because all of his works are so classic and unforgettable. All of his works are rather unputdownable! (=fascinating) When people read his works, it also makes them feel scholarly and well informed about the history of his times, and his works are just like any other plays that someone would watch or read. Especially, the conversational style of his writings make you feel at home and you can enjoy the expressions of his characters coming to life with their down-to-earth mannerisms.


Shakespeare's themes are universal. He writes about love, loss, human psychology, behaviors and mannerisms. People can relate their life to his writing, because everyone has loved someone and behaved and experienced in much similar way as the characters portrayed by Shakespeare. The emotions and feelings of people of modern times are just the same as expressed in his plays depicting the people of his times and earlier.

Also, Shakespeare contributed immensely to the literary glory of English by creating, coining many new words as can be seen when you browse through the dictionaries. He added beauty and melody to the English language by his sonnets that are so enchanting and enthralling to recite again and again, for their philosophical references on love, beauty, romance and all treasured aspects of human life.


Activity 4: Read these opinions and say if you agree or disagree. Give reasons.


What's so special about Shakespeare?



(He wrote) … good plots, interesting characters and timeless stories, relationships and topics, e.g. Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar.


His writings were also very varied - he wrote not only tragedies, but comedies as well and some lovely sonnets too. All have stood the test of the time for us to enjoy.



There is no doubt that William Shakespeare was prolific in his writings as well as versatile. It didn't seem to affect the quality of his works too much (although some people believe that he had help.)


One odd suggestion is that you can't have an imagination unless you smoke something – some years ago two scientists in South Africa speculated that Shakespeare may have had some help from artificial sources (cocaine and some other herbs for hallucinogenic purposes, tobacco, wine, beer) to enhance (=improve) his creativity.




One example of versatility is the plague - during the outbreaks (= eruptions) when people went visiting theatres, he turned his hand to writing sonnets!




3rd and Last Meeting of Shakespeare's Series. This time at CECIE 25

Once again a new Meeting about Shakespeare's life and cultural background was held, this time to close a series of three different workshops based on the best part of the Author's work.Students of CECIE's 19, 21 and 25  met  again on November 21st to share fun and learning about this famous English Writer, one of the most important founders of English Literature of all times... here are some shots and a video of what we have shared that day..




 Our students have done some research work about how other students work on this topic at other schools in the U.S.A :

"Terry, a student at Toronto's York Mills Collegiate Institute, wrote that rap for his tenth-grade English class as part of a music video depicting William Shakespeare's famous play Macbeth. "We got 100 percent on it!" Terry recalls.

More important, adapting the play into a modern rap helped Terry understand the Bard's old English prose. "I'd never had a chance to interpret one of Shakespeare's stories in a contemporary way before," he says. "Shakespeare's stories are timeless."

That kind of genuine enthusiasm from a millennial generation student is music to a teacher's ears. "Terry's video was fantastic," says his teacher, Meredith Szewchuk, who taught the tenth grader last year at York, a public high school. Szewchuk is part of a new wave of Shakespeare teachers who want their teenage students to reimagine the Bard using the younger generation's language and media.

Raps, podcasts, and short films are perfect vehicles for teaching Hamlet and Macbeth, says Peggy O'Brien, the former director of education at the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington, DC. "Kids have been handed these plays like they're sacrosanct, holy things, when actually they're gritty and alive."

As many scholars point out, Shakespeare was the 16th-century equivalent of a remix artist. Most of his plots were borrowed from other authors, and several of his plays were written on the fly in collaboration with others. He would have probably approved of today's participatory culture, in which students simultaneously create and consume art.

Teachers are finding that allowing students to emulate the playwright and make the text their own gets them more excited to learn the plays. "You have to get those words in your mouth and get your body moving," says Robert Young, who holds O'Brien's former position at the library. "Once you perform a scene, you really understand it." Having students perform is the key to learning Shakespeare effectively, and video and audio tools enhance that performance for today's learners.

Shakespeare, Meet YouTube

Joshua Cabat's students film Shakespeare scenes as short videos. "It forces them to envision their own through-line, or interpretation, of the play," says Cabat, who teaches English and film studies at Roslyn High School, in Roslyn Heights, New York. "They have to work with the words and the subtext, getting to the emotional core of the scene."

Some of Cabat's students produce faux trailers for Shakespeare movies or reedit scenes from existing films. One group recut the murder of King Duncan in Roman Polanski's The Tragedy of Macbeth to make it more nightmarish. "They felt it needed some improvement," Cabat says with a laugh. After finishing their movies, students write about the experience. "I don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater," he says. "It's still them wrestling with the text. But they're using different tools."

Posting their short films online allows students to experience a level of relevance that only a public medium like YouTube can offer. Suddenly, homework assignments become works of art that anyone might download, watch, and maybe even enjoy.

Type "Shakespeare English project" into YouTube's search box, and you'll find links to a long list of school assignments. Terry's Macbeth rap is there. So is a short video retelling of Romeo and Juliet with animated characters from a video game, The Sims 2. Another high school student posted Hamlet: The Silent Film, a Keystone Kops-like version of the Prince of Denmark's climactic swordfight with Laertes.

And there's the decidedly low tech The New Othello Rap, by Katie Kovacs and Danny Wittels. This video isn't complicated -- just two students in front of a blackboard, rapping lyrics out of a spiral notebook. But the kids do a spot-on summary of the play, and with a good beat: "Iago's lying, Iago's cheating. / Iago needs a good beatin'. / Iago's lying, Iago's cheating. / He's got to stop all this deceivin'." You can also find a mashup of clips from Polanski's Macbeth to a song by the Geto Boys, a hip-hop group from Texas.

Some of these YouTube English-project videos have received as many as 20,000 hits, in part because teachers at other high schools use them to engage their students. "That's the magic of Internet culture," says Christy Desmet, a professor of English at the University of Georgia. "Kids put their work out into the world, and other people see it and care about it. It's very empowering."

Fast Forward

Shakespeare can easily be adapted to multiple media platforms. Christopher Shamburg, an associate professor of education at New Jersey City University, has worked with inner-city high school students on podcasts of Macbeth -- audio plays with sound effects and music. "These kids are bringing their own interpretations to bear," Shamburg says. "And what's a better, more authentic experience of Shakespeare? That, or taking a quiz?"

There's even a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre in the virtual world called Second Life. In May 2009, these actors and their avatars -- with names like Caliban Jigsaw and Prospero Frobozz -- performed a live-action virtual Twelfth Night in their version of the Globe.

Meanwhile, teachers are brainstorming more ways to bring students to Shakespeare through modern media. John Golden, a language arts curriculum and instruction specialist in Portland, Oregon, has his students analyze the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy from Hamlet by looking at how actors performed the famous monologue in seven movies.

In 1948, Sir Laurence Olivier delivered the soliloquy atop a cliff. In 1996, Sir Kenneth Branagh performed it in an ornate room with a chessboard floor, and in 1990, Mel Gibson delivered the lines from inside a crypt. In the 2000 version, the soliloquy is done as an interior monologue in Ethan Hawke's head as he wanders through the action section of his local Blockbuster video store. "Looking at these multiple versions and interpretations, students see that Shakespeare is still a living document," says Golden.

As Golden's students spend hours thinking about those 33 lines of text, they come to realize the power of Shakespeare's legacy. "I've had kids stop me in the grocery store years later," Golden says. "They'll launch into it: 'To be, or not to be. That is the question.' They still remember it. When we help students realize that Shakespeare is alive today, we're giving them a gift that lasts a lifetime."

Russell Scott Smith teaches high school English in Connecticut.


Muestra sobre el Proyecto Tricecie (19-21-25) sobre lectura y produccion escrita siguiendo a un autor: William Shakespeare durante el ciclo lectivo 2014 a cargode las profesoras Adriana Giaquinto y Carlos Coronel...




Students of CECIES 21 and 25 shared a new Drama Experience by the Stage Company a group of welknown successful young actors who caught the attenion of our students with enthusiasm with their new performanc of the Classic by Shakespeare's Midsummer night's Dream adapted for students of all ages.. there was musc and comedy and interactivity in this fantastic show... here are some snapshots...