Beware the Ides of March – Upper-inters

2020-21 The Journal of a Pandemic year I have just had an incredible thought. It may have been intentional. It may have been a co-incidence, but when I think back to my A-levels studies in German, French and English literature, no less than five of my compulsory novels were about people living in lockdown. And […]

Beware the Ides of March – Advanced learners

‘Beware the Ides of March,’ the soothsayer warns Julius Caesar. Perhaps we should too. One year ago, the Ides of March, the ancient Roman name for 15th March, marked the beginning of lockdown in France. With a grimdetermination, we locked ourselves down, put on our masks, sanitised our hands and stopped seeing friends and all […]

Beware the Ides of March – Intermediates

Beware the Ides Flies of March! While I really like the month of March, it has given us many memorable experiences and expressions over history, and not all are good. For example, the Ides of March was an important Roman religious date, famous for being the day when Julius Caesar found out that knives are […]

Beware the Ides of March – Beginners

A Year in the M***e I love an excuse to celebrate : Birthdays, anniversaries, festivals, the list goes on, but this month we’re “celebrating” a year of living with Covid. When I look at the photos on my phone or my Facebook feed at the beginning of last year, I see images of my family and […]