Teacher: Good evening everybody. The meeting of our club is dedicated to the greatest playwright in world literature: William Shakespeare. I hope that all of you will take an active part in it. Listen to some facts of William Shakespeare's biography and the time when he lived and worked.
Pupil 1: The name of William Shakespeare is known all over the world. The last half of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th centuries are known as the Golden Age of English literature. It was the time of the English Renaissance and Shakespeare".
Pupil 2: People often call Shakespeare "Our National Bard", "The Immortal Poet of Nature" or "The Great Unknown". We really know few facts of his life and many of them are doubtful. But some facts are known to us and are proved by documents.
Pupil 1: The first facts of Shakespeare's biography are that he was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. His father, John Shakespeare, was a dealer in corn, meat, wool and leather. William's mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a rich farmer in the village of Wilmcote.
Pupil 2: We also know that being 18 years old William married Anne Hathaway, who was 9 years older than himself. They had a daughter Susanna and twins - a son Hamnet and a daughter Judith.
Pupil 1: It is known that in 1567 Shakespeare went to work to London, where he began writing plays staged at the Globe Theatre. By 1592 he had been an important member of a well-known acting company.
Pupil 2: It is known that only in 1611, at the height of his fame, Shakespeare returned to Stratford, where in April 23, 1616 he died. He was buried in a fine old church in Stratford.
Teacher: You have mentioned the main facts in Shakespeare's biography. Now I'd like you to agree or disagree with some facts from William Shakespeare's life:
Shakespeare was born in the 17th century. Is it true? (No, it's not true. He was born in the 16th century, in 1564.)