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Elementary French I and II

April 10, 2015

Mimran, Masha Silver_nugget
Elementary French I and II

My first year at Barnard would have been way worse without Masha every morning. She is really incredible. Our class was small- 5-8 students. We all bonded with her and our class had this incredibly fun, loving, and engaging dynamic. Masha is a really interesting person and so sometimes we would get distracted from our lesson and talk about life and tell stories. Usually when we did this, we would talk in French so I felt like my French were really improving because I was learning to converse about normal stuff in French. She is really good at explaining stuff, but if you do the very light reading and the worksheets and you participate, this class should not be hard.

Masha really cares about our learning and our interest and it really shows. My whole class adores her, and one boy even scheduled our class during his mandatory Core class and skipped it just so he could take Masha's class. On holidays she will bring bags and bags of Dylan's Candy Bar candy and give it to us to take home, and twice we also had a fancy cheese and cracker party. I feel like I've learned so much French and that I really wanted to learn it and enjoyed it.
She is a badass- she will not take shit from you so don't try and pull anything over her. ALWAYS print your essays and bring them to class. Don't skip unless you have a good reason and she really likes you. She has a lot of really fascinating stories and a ridiculous background so get to know her if you get the chance. Respect her, and she will respect you.

Workload:

About 4 one page compositions per semester which are creative and fun. Reading and worksheets most nights, but not always. Quizzes every couple of weeks and workbook exercises to turn in the day of the quiz. Midterms and finals, which I never thought were hard. Sometimes she will cancel classes before weekends or breaks because she is nice and gets that we need breaks.

I do not know why there are not many reviews on Karen already. TAKE HER. Any class you can take with her-- I GUARANTEE that you will learn so much French. Her accent is extremely clear, the assignments are manageable, and even the literature she selects (for more advance French) is incredibly interesting.

Aside from that, she cares. She really wants you to learn, and again, I guarantee you will.

Workload:

Very very manageable, about 3 compositions, sometimes a few readings. It all depends on the level of French, but she is very straightforward and understanding.

November 20, 2013

Hubert-Leibler, Pascale Silver_nugget
Elementary French I and II

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The best professor I have had at Columbia.
She speaks only French in class and it is overwhelming at the first class because you don't know a word. However, you end up learning to speak very very quickly with her teaching methods.
Pascale is extremely nice, very lively and energetic. With an 8 credit class that meets for two hours every day, I cannot imagine the class being pleasurable if it was not for her.
You end up learning a lot, and after just a few month find that the language that made no sense at all at the beginning of the semester does make sense and you can actually speak/read it. I don't think I have ever learned this much over the course of a semester.

She makes a lot of cultural comments, so you end up learning about French culture, too.
Also uses a lot of outside material in class- videos, games, poetry etc..

Everybody loved Pascale, we got her a cake for her birthday.

I was sad when the semester was over.

Overall, amazing class for somebody who wants to learn French.

Workload:

manageable. it is an 8 credit class, so expect to do work every day. However, I would say most work is done in-class

February 02, 2011

O'Keeffe, Brian Silver_nugget
Elementary French I and II

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What's great about Brian's class is how much French you learn while exerting almost no effort. What's not so great is Brian's condescending and dismissive attitude. That's not to say that Brian can't be nice or that his class is never enjoyable – and in terms of his ability to effectively teach French, he's got a lot going for him. But because of his attitude and his ugly side – when it comes out, he can become derisive, which, if you appreciate kindness, is a bit jarring – his ability to garner respect in limited.

Workload:

Very light. Generally an easy A.

January 07, 2011

Hubert-Leibler, Pascale Silver_nugget
Elementary French I and II

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What an incredible prof. She has the enthusiasm and energy of a first time teacher with all the knowledge and experience of a seasoned pro. She has beautifully tailored answers to any question you could ask and has put a lot of thought into her teaching materials.

I found the course to be a fair bit of work - cramming two semesters of French into one is no small feat. And while her exams are hard, they're very fair and my grades directly reflected how hard I studied.

I adore how she wouldn't let us slide on pronunciation. A handful of us in the class had backgrounds in Spanish, and were prone to certain errors because of similarities between the languages. I was maybe the worst about this, and she was patient but insistent that I make strides to improve. My spoken French still leaves much to be desired, but I'm amazed at how solid my listening comprehension is after this one course. I catch bits of French conversation on the train and get a lot of dialogue in French language movies.

In short: overwhelming positive experience. H-L is charming and dedicated and exactly the person you want to introduce you to French.

Workload:

daily homework assignments that took me 1-2 hours when I did them well, 5 compositions, loads of little quizzes, a test for every 3 chapters covered

October 12, 2010

O'Keeffe, Brian Silver_nugget
Elementary French I and II

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I hate this man. He is condescending and an elitist. He'll frequently make fun of Ohio State University and the like. And he does not know how to give constructive criticism. He appears to be really nice, but his nasty side really comes out once in a while. True he is a easy going and his work load is reasonable, but I just can't get over this man's personality. I got As in his class, so don't think this is revenge. If you are not bothered by your professor's personality, take this class. But I rather get taught by someone who's compassionate than by a jerk.

Workload:

Medium

July 06, 2010

Hubert-Leibler, Pascale Silver_nugget
Elementary French I and II

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The Accelerated Elementary French course with Prof. Hubert-Leibler was perhaps my favorite class during my first semester at Columbia. Prof. Hubert-Leibler truly loves her job and her students, and it shows each day of class. Extremely energetic and thorough, she creates an intense learning environment that doesn't ever actually seem intense. The progress of each student, myself included, was so impressive, and she let us know that too! From the amusing music videos to humorous YouTube clips that helped us with our studies, I give her most of the credit for my continued success with the French language. Knowledgable in multiple languages, she can also often help you if you are having interference with your learning. She doesn't walk around the class even, she runs! I still go and visit her, and every time we cross paths, she gives a huge smile and a "Bonjour!" A one-of-a-kind professor, Prof. Hubert-Leibler is most definitely THE person to start your French studies.

Workload:

A typical workload for a language class, but because it was accelerated, there was also a bit more. If you're dedicated, this class is definitely for you. I was never overwhelmed, but there are many quizzes, and you do push through things at a fast pace. The upside of that is that if you mess up on one of them, there are so many others to boost your grade. About 30-60 minutes a night, but it's a language class so it's to be expected!

February 11, 2010

Hubert-Leibler, Pascale Silver_nugget
Elementary French I and II

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I had Professor Hubert-Leibler for Accelerated Elementary French and she is AWESOME! Very kind and sincere, she always comes into class with a cheerful "Bonjour!"
She is patient and does not use any English (unless there is something that she thinks will be too difficult for us to understand). She also uses great teaching techniques--props, skits, and games to make the 2 hour class stimulating. I totally enjoyed her classes and recommend her 100%!
P.S. This class might be a little intense if you do not have some background. You might want to stick to the regular class if that is the case.

Workload:

Daily homework and reading (about 20-30 minutes), Composition every other week, Weekly quizzes. Manageable and definitely recommended that you do the homework if you don't want to look like a fool in class!

April 22, 2003

Azagury, Yaelle
Elementary French I and II

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(Barnard professor) At first, you'll feel like she's really mean and enjoys putting her students on the spot when they don't know what they're talking about. Some people continue to think this, but if you get past her rather abrupt style, she is really nice, helpful, and willing to go to lengths so that you understand french. If you try, you'll learn a lot in her class.

Workload:

Workbook, a few worksheets or assignments from the book, chapter quizes, midterm, final. None of these is any harder than the other - the final is like a long quiz.

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