The teaching resources below come from TeachingEnglish, the British Council portal for English language teachers worldwide, and were developed to celebrate the work and legacy of important British writers.
Dylan Thomas (21914 – 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion", the "Play for Voices", Under Milk Wood, and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child's Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death in New York City.
Find articles, downloadable lesson plans, photocopiable worksheets and videos to explore Dylan Thomas's prose and poetry.
'Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary as well as her acclaimed plots have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.'
Find articles, downloadable lesson plans, photocopiable worksheets and videos to explore Pride and Prejudice and the all the other Austen's novels.
Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognized him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Find articles, downloadable lesson plans, photocopiable worksheets and videos to explore Dickens' most famous works.
A global celebration of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. In 2016, the British Council invited the world to take part in a programme of events and activities celebrating the world's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, as a writer for all people and nations.
There are a number of other institutions and organizations that have developed a wide range of sources and materials that can expand your enjoyment and knowledge or English Literature and also provide accessible material for your lessons.
Click on the links below.
The British Library - Discovering Literature
The Book Trust - Short Stories
The Poetry Archive - Home
The Poetry Society - Home