Dickens 2012 – Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens

To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth on 7th February, we’ve put together a box of birthday delights for you, which highlight the best teaching resources shared on TES.

Teaching materials include,

  • Secondary English classroom resources shared by teachers
  • Audio readings including commentaries of and extracts from Dickens’s novels
  • BBC Class Clips

See all Dickens teaching resources

Birthday prizes for teachers!

Charles Dickens & Literary Heritage TES Competition

We asked you to share your best Charles Dickens and/or Literary Heritage teaching resources for the chance to win two prizes:

  • Major Works of Charles Dickens - Penguin Special Edition Clothbound Boxed Set
  • A short theatre break (hotel, dinner & tickets) for two

Thank you to everyone who took part - find out who won and view all the entries.

Charles Dickens BBC Class Clips on TES

A selection of videos on context, Dickens, and his texts from the BBC Class Clips series.

The Childhood of Charles Dickens (1/6)

The Childhood of Charles Dickens (2/6)

The Childhood of Charles Dickens (3/6)

The Childhood of Charles Dickens (4/6)

The Childhood of Charles Dickens (5/6)

The Childhood of Charles Dickens (6/6)

David Copperfield – Dramatised Reading

Hard Times - Extract

Hard Times – Gradgrind and ‘Facts’

Hard Times – Extract (contemporary version)

Commentary on Charles Dickens’s Hard Times

Great Expectations – Extract (1/2)

Great Expectations – Extract (2/2)

Great Expectations – Pip’s Benefactor

Great Expectations – Pip meets Miss Havisham

Great Expectations – Pip is manipulated by Miss Havisham

Great Expectations – Pip confronts Miss Havisham

Charles Dickens MP3 Podcasts from Naxos AudioBooks on TES

From Naxos AudioBooks, their special series of Charles Dickens MP3 podcasts. The podcasts include introductions to and excerpts from the books, read by distinguished actors such as Anton Lesser and David Horovitch.

A Tale of Two Cities: Podcast

A Christmas Carol:Podcast

Barnaby Rudge: Podcast

Bleak House: Podcast

David Copperfield: Podcast

Dombey and Son: Podcast

Great Expectations: Podcast

Hard Times: Podcast

Little Dorrit: Podcast

Martin Chuzzlewit: Podcast

Nicholas Nickleby: Podcast

Oliver Twist: Podcast

Our Mutual Friend: Podcast

Sketches by Boz: Podcast

The Old Curiosity Shop: Podcast

The Mystery of Edwin Drood:Podcast

The Pickwick Papers: Podcast

Charles Dickens Teaching Resources, Worksheets & Activities on TES

Dickens and Victorian London – Research & Online Games

Great Expectations and the Gothic

Great Expectations Study Pack

Great Expectations – Range of Homework Tasks

Charles Dickens and Hard Times - Background

Oliver Twist - Reporting the Pick-pocket Extract

Oliver Twist – The Artful Dodger Wanted Poster

Oliver Twist – Nancy’s Motives Pie Chart

Dickens and A Christmas Carol - Background

A Christmas Carol – Sow, Resources, Online Games

Teachers TV – Charles Dickens & Christmas

A Christmas Carol – Plot, Characters & Themes

A Christmas Carol – Scrooge Acrostic

Chantel Mathias


TES welcomes Chantel Mathias, Subject Lead for Secondary EnglishThe Official Dickens 2012 Website
Chantel MathiasDickens in Context from the British Library
TES English Index PageNaxos AudioBooks