Originally Posted by Tarana
I was in advanced classes all through Junior High and High school. The one thing that I praise those teachers for is that they had the sense to always assign two books - one that would be popular and the other a 'classic.'
The difficulty with Shakespeaer is that not only are you learning the ins and outs about what the story represents, but you are also learning a second language, given that middle-aged english isn't spoken by native speakers anywhere any more.
I'm fairly sure middle-aged Brits, Canucks, Americans, Ozzies and Kiwis still speak middle-aged English.