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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Shakespeare in the Community College: Why Here, Why Now?

Dr. Debra Johanyak.

The teaching of Shakespearean drama traditionally falls to upper division instructors and advanced classes. But that is changing, as more community colleges, technical institutes, and university branch campuses add Shakespeare courses to their curricula during the first two years of higher education. Consequently, instructors of general studies and beginning college students must examine the ways in which they offer and facilitate Shakespeare study. Accessible texts, supplemental course materials, and an engaging teaching style geared to today's technologically-oriented students can help to make Shakespeare relevant to this student population, equipping them with a future, life-long love of the Bard and his works and preparing them for more intensive study of Shakespeare and the classics in upper division classes. The inclusion of critical skills activities can help students develop an appreciation for this literary period and arm them with the academic tools they will need for future courses of this type, and their application to real life.


Dr. Debra Johanyak  (United States)
Professor of English
English Department
The University of Akron Wayne College

Debra Johanyak, Professor of English, is the author of SHAKESPEARE'S WORLD (Prentice Hall, 2004). She helps to coordinate the annual Wayne College Shakespeare Festival and researches the world that nurtured and influenced William Shakespeare.

  • Community College
  • Shakespeare
  • Classics
  • Regional Campuses
  • Branch Campuses
  • Technical Institutes
  • Critical Skills
  • Two-Year Colleges
  • Elizabethan
  • Renaissance
  • Tudor
  • 16th Century
  • Drama
  • 17th Century
  • Bard
Person as Subject
  • Shakespeare, William

(Virtual Presentation, English)