As English teachers, it can be difficult to get our students to appreciate literature texts that were written in a time young people do not connect with and in a language they do not understand. Some will never appreciate the work of Shakespeare, Dickens, Shelley, Austen (and many more) because they cannot overcome the challenges of reading such demanding texts. However, once students have overcome these barriers their appreciation of and connection with the texts can greatly improve not just their attainment in the subject but it can change how they perceive and understand the world they live in.
Please see the video below for full details:
If you are interested in developing this approach in your centre, please see the toolkit developed by Shireland below.