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Advanced Oral French

June 14, 2007

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced Oral French

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Easy and helpful. The class is basically a conversation class. You watch movies and discuss them. Boyman proposes gossip and you discuss it. You discuss life, politics, love, poetry, literature, whatever you want in French--it's the students' choice, for the most part. It's all very informal and helpful. Boyman is really relaxed, but she does really dissect your accent to help you improve it. By the third week into the semester, she'll know everyone's weaknesses and will call you on yours. BUT, don't get scared off. The class is small (10-15 people) and she only targets your weaknesses to help. Don't be insulted if she picks on you, because she will pick on everyone indiscriminately. Your grammar won't improve, but your comfort level in speaking French will. The class is a breeze, but it's not an easy A. If you really, really try, though, you'll do fine.

Workload:

Practically no work. It's all oral evaluation on a daily basis. Boyman grades you on how much you progress and pick up on her tips. The midterm is a 15-minute conversation with her and the final is a 20-minute conversation, as well. There is also a 30-minute presentation in between. The point is to get you talking.

May 06, 2007

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced Oral French

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Anne is amazing. If you do not like her, then you do not know how to speak French. If she tells you that your pronunciation is bad - then it is bad. She is just saving you from future ridicule at the hands of the French. If you speak French like a cow, you should take a lower-level language class. If you do not think that you speak French like a cow, then show up on the first day of class and Anne will tell you whether you speak French like a cow or not. She will kindly ask you to wait a few semesters if this is the case. This class is really fun and is a pleasure to attend. If it feels too easy, do not worry. Your French really will improve.

Workload:

One major oral presentation (lasting 75 minutes, but this can be extended to 150 minutes over two classes if your topic is interesting enough). After that, it is generally a breeze, but you must participate in class and be vocal. Make sure to attend all sessions.

September 06, 2005

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced Oral French

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She is very precise in correcting you, but it pays off. Later, when I thought the class was maybe too easy because every day was simply an enjoyable conversation, but then I realized in a phone conversation with a fracophone friend later just how much I had improved over the semester. She focused on our interests, talked on a wide range of subjects and gave frequent and helpful feedback each class.

Workload:

One or two in-class presentations and a reading with her for your final. Very light outside of class, but high participation expectations in class.

May 27, 2005

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced Oral French

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Just the best. If you're serious about wanting to become fluent, you will welcome her corrections of your pronunciation. Her comments were never derisive, always constructive. When she disagrees with you, don't misinterpret her direct tone as sterness; not only does she just want to see you improve but she's often playing with the whole strict French teacher stereotype. That is, you're in on the joke with Boyman. She's funny, encouraging and enjoys deconstructing cinematic norms during class free days. Three point class, seriously, take this.

Workload:

Just show up. The lack of prepared work will allow shy speakers to open up without worrying about doing/understanding homework/readings, and will have you thinking more spontaneously in French. One class-long presentation on anything so long as it is academic. Oral "midterm" and "final" that were really just progress reports which made me long for high school days where every teacher took the time to personally inform students of their strengths and weaknesses before their grades are submitted.

January 24, 2003

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced Oral French

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She is a sweetheart. Anyone who has any complaints about this course doesn't know how to speak French. If she criticizes you, you deserve it. When it comes to languages, you need the commentary she provides about your ability.

January 20, 2003

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced Oral French

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The class was easy and did not require any work. The class was not the problem. The professor was rude, condescending and obnoxious. Because of her I never took French again. If you think it was my abiltiy that influenced my opinion, that is not correct, I recieved an A.

Workload:

talk alot and kiss her you know what

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2012 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2012 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2011 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2010 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2010 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2009 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2009 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2008 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2007 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2006 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2006 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2004 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2002 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3016: Advanced Oral French Anne Boyman 2001 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 1