Wednesday, September 27, 2017

So much for gender neutrality!

Today we were studying nouns and gender in English. I had a flashback to one of my very first year's teaching. 
I was setting an English summer test. The pupils had to give the feminine noun to go with the corresponding masculine one. For the last one I decided to make it difficult to really test my little 12 year olds
I put down bachelor and waited to see what answer I would get*. As I suspected, most were left blank.

Apart from Gerard who wrote down virgin opposite it....and then crossed it out! Bless him, I had to give him the mark, as he was in for enough disappointment in later years!!
*By the way, the correct answer is spinster!

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