3rd July 1998 at 01:00
Anxious to allow my lower ability group to get to grips with local history we visited our local castle.

We had a great day, exploring the remains. Mindful of the end-of-year exam, I suggested that "quite probably" there would be a question about castles.

Come the day of the exam and, lo and behold, there was the question asking the examinee to describe the layout of the castle.

Marking the papers, I was relieved to see that even the most reluctant learner had written extensively using the experience of their day out. Until, that is, I came to Jimmy. He had written his answer as a dialogue between a guide and a tourist: Guide: "This is Rhuddlan castle. It was built by the Normans. Any questions?" Tourist: "No."

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