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Intermediate Conversation

November 18, 2004

Macklovitch, David Silver_nugget
Intermediate Conversation

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David is young, energetic, knowledgable, and unbearably hip. He obviously loves to teach and loves engaging every student, and since its a conversation class, you HAVE to participate. Even if you show up at his class hung over, with two midterms looming over your head, and you just found out that your significant other cheated on you with your best friend, it would be near impossible not to crack a smile during his class. He loves to be the actor and bring humor to every discussion. Oh yeah, and there will inevitably be a gaggle of girls in the class swooning over his tousled hair and French charm. No one else but David could pull off a crushed blue velvet jacket with YSL jeans and pink sneakers.

Workload:

Occasional short readings and quizzes, one 5 minute and one 10 minute presentation, a final interview.

May 12, 2004

Shriner, Lucy
Intermediate Conversation

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She is a young, fun, funny woman, and you'll enjoy her class. She may be slightly disorganized, but it doesn't matter--what matters is that she gives all students, regardless of speaking ability, numerous opportunities to improve their oral skills by means of fun group activities, such as skits and mock interviews. She also tries to get students to write, read aloud, and learn tricky grammatical concepts. It's a good class, the grading is fair, and it'll be a fun way to earn 2 points. Definitely recommended.

Workload:

1-2 short papers. short homework assignments from a textbook every class. a bit of preparation for oral presentations about 4-5 times per semester. participation in class matters most of all, of course, since it's a convo class.

March 30, 2003

Crapotta, James Silver_nugget
Intermediate Conversation

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He's so funny and entertaining that a lot of the time the hour will fly by. He does stuff like "Soapboxes" where you get to stand up and lament about your problems. In presentations, he's generous about not having all the words memorized, but wants the presentors to be entertaining. He loves opera.

Workload:

very manageable. Just do a lot of speaking (no matter how bad you think you are) and you'll do fine

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