June 3, 2013
Elite Italian University Struggles With Shift to English
Francesco Anselmi for The Chronicle
In a small classroom at the Polytechnic University of Milan, six students sit around a table and, in slow, hesitant English, discuss the answers to a true-or-false test on various customs around the world.
"Number 19 is false," says Kaya Lacki, an English-language instructor from the United States with red, spiky hair. "Because if you've ever been on holiday in the U.S., you should tip a taxi."
"Teep is ...?" asks a confused