Yesterday, as I chatted to my students, I discovered that they have read Beowulf and the Canterbury Tales in their usual school. Flabbergasted doesn’t really cover it. I asked if they had read them in English and they said yes. I realised when I got home that it could have been the modern English versions – they didn’t seem to understand when I asked WHICH of the Canterbury Tales they had read – but still. That’s quite a big ask for teenagers who have trouble even with the present simple. Italian schools are clearly hardcore.
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