All posts by Christopher Waugh

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” (Katherine Mansfield)

1.5 Formal Writing Assessment: Vaulting Ambition in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

This task is a culmination of our study of William Shakespeare’s Tragedy Macbeth. This is an opportunity to explore the techniques of language, structure and conventions of theatre that Shakespeare employed to convey his strongest themes

Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5: Unsex Me Here

In Act 1, Scene 5 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is introduced in full command of her power of evil persuasion. “unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty!”

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 4: Black and Deep Desires

Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires:

Shakespeare: Macbeth

Our first text in our study of Dire Ambition is William Skakespeare’s “Macbeth”. One of the world’s most famous studies of the corrupting effects of ambition and power.

Language Study: Example of an analytical paragraph

Example of an analytical paragraph: Whilst many are critical of the modifications to standard English that many, particularly young, people make when they speak and communicate online; I contend that these language effects are in

Spoken Language Study – Gather Your Data

An exploration of the sophistication and richness of the way we modify and elaborate on standard English to enrich our interpersonal communication. Stage 1: Transcribe an informal spoken conversation between yourself and someone you know.

Spoken Language Transcript Practice

Today we will be exploring live spoken conversation – and generating our own transcripts. Watch this short video excerpt (from the film “FIT”) and try to write your own transcript of the conversation.   

Dire Ambition: Course Outline

I am in blood Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.   Course Booklet  

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