Friday, March 31, 2017


by J J Cohen

My Chaucer students eagerly (?) agreed to participate in this year's #WhanThatAprilleDay by demonstrating to the world that they have memorized the first sentence of the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales. I think they were a little nervous when I shot this video -- they don't smile until the end.

Having students memorize the opening of the GP was this year a course innovation -- though it sounds odd to call something so old fashioned that. Each came to my office to recite the memorized passage individually, and to have that ten minutes together with each of them was an excellent way to get to know them and to launch the course with a bonded community. I highly recommend the requirement: my students loved it. So did I.

Enjoy Whan That Aprille Day, no matter how you celebrate!

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