Romeo and Juliet - Get Started!

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with a modern translation and video and audio clips included.
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (9 ratings)
473 students

They will be introduced to the basics of Romeo and Juliet.
We will do an-depth discussion of the characters, the first prologue, and Act I.


  • No. I provide a modern translation.


Not just a talking-head video! This is a multi-media course with video and audio clips made by a team of teachers, professors and media specialists with a combined expertise of over 100 years. This professionally produced documentary provides a text that is written on the screen and a narrator who guides you through the course.

Don't just be lectured! See and hear Shakespeare. This documentary is perfect for commonwealth students doing their GCSEs and university students (around the world) looking to understand the play better. It will introduce you to the first act of Romeo and Juliet and provide a solid basis on which to proceed through the rest of the play. As well as looking at Act I, we will also take a look at the principal characters and the prologue and its sonnet form. The sonnet form especially is examined in great detail. A discount code for the full course is available on the preview video below. 

Who this course is for:

  • High school, university students, or theatre-goers.


Professor of English Literature
Irene Ogrizek
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 21 Reviews
  • 674 Students
  • 4 Courses

I'm a college professor of English Literature with over 30 years of teaching experience. I’ve taught at the high school, college and university levels. In my early years, I also taught English as a second language to teens and adults. I am a graduate of the University of Toronto, a top-20 university (see the London Times Higher Education global rankings), where I graduated with distinction. I also have a Master’s degree in Letters and Languages from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where I received a full graduate scholarship.

As teacher, I’ve contributed to several academic program pilots launched by the Québec government. I worked on the initiation of provincial exams, invigilating the first test run and grading exams for several years. I also worked on a program that recognizes the academic equivalents of the work and educational experience of newly arrived immigrants to Canada.

For the past 15 years, I've worked closely with IT staff at my college to develop online tools designed specifically for my literature courses.

I love teaching Shakespeare’s drama, but understand why students are afraid of studying it. So I’ve made this course as user-friendly as possible. You can read along with a voice narrating the play and take short breaks to read the annotations, which are conveniently located right beside the text. The layout of the text and the audio prompts makes reading and understanding the play very simple.