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A Cambridge International Examinations bursary will enable a teacher in Turkey to look at how the teaching of Shakespeare in secondary schools can develop the cognitive growth of students.
Anne Akay teaches English at the Bilkent Laboratory and International School in Ankara. The bursary gives her the chance to embark on the Master of Studies (MSt) in Advanced Subject Teaching at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.
Students on the course focus on areas of the curriculum that are under-represented in schools. Anne has chosen to explore the development of the brain in students aged 14 to 16 and, in particular, how the teaching of Shakespeare – through such plays as Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest – can optimize this cognitive growth.
The two-year MSt course, taught and supervised by Cambridge academics, was launched in 2011. It is made up of a combination of residential teaching in Cambridge and online tuition. A student’s final result depends on a dissertation prepared in the second year.
Students on the programme choose an aspect of their subject that they would like to explore further or to tackle for the first time. They then study it both academically and pedagogically, so that their new knowledge and skills can be put to effective use in the classroom.