Review Comment

Intermediate I and II

January 20, 2010

Delon, Nicolas
Intermediate I and II

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Delon is a fine teacher if you took French in high school but may be difficult for a typical second-year French student. As a native Parisian he speaks very rapidly, but after the first couple weeks I got accustomed to the pace and could understand the majority of what he said.
He stuck closely to the book as far as teaching grammar is concerned, and he was happy to answer questions about vocabulary. His lectures tended to be scattered, however, and would have benefitted from stricter organization. He supplemented the prescribed curriculum with clips from French TV shows and music to break up the tedium of reviewing grammar rules.
If you come to class and study a little over an hour for each test, you should do fairly well. As it is much better organized than the Delon’s lectures, La Grammaire à l’oeuvre was easier to study than my notes from class. The selections we read from Panaché Litteraire were interesting for the most part, and I definitely recommend reading them if you want to understand what he’s saying in class. Delon agreed with the class that La Controverse de Valladolid, a French teleplay from the 90s the curriculum requires for all Intermediate French II classes, was boring and essentially pointless.
Take this class for a straightforward review of French grammar and if you feel up to challenging your listening comprehension.

Workload:

-4 tests, 1 final
-A quiz or writing assignment every week
-Reading: A few relatively sort passages from Panaché Litteraire. You don’t have to follow along in the grammar book but it definitely helps.

November 15, 2006

Sharma, Sonia
Intermediate I and II

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Okay, I LOVE Professor Sharma. She's quite possible the most approachable professor ever. Her class was so much fun and I always enjoyed myself. We did reading on Mondays, and then watched songs/clips from Hindi films on Wednesday- what could be better?! She gives weekly homeworks that she just checks to see if they're complete.
Checks the weekly journal you're supposed to be writing in during the midterm and final. All in all, an adorable teacher who relates to the students and is always laughing.

Workload:

not bad at all, one midterm two vocab quizzes, one final plus weekly "essays" (10-15 sentences)

May 07, 2003

Hakim, Zeina
Intermediate I and II

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ZEINA IS AWESOME!!! If you can, PLEASE take a class with her!! She is charismatic, funny, intelligent, caring, patient - everything you could hope for in a professor. She was so good at making everyone feel comfortable and at making class fun, but at the same time, we definitely got all of the work done!! She covered all of the material thoroughly and explained everything very well. I have always been impressed by her teaching style. It was a pleasure and an honour to have class with her these past two semesters, and I will definitely miss her next year (as I am not taking French anymore - but also because the University of Geneva is stealing her away from Columbia).

Workload:

Every 2 weeks, a quiz. 5 compositions throughout the semester. Midterm, final. Oral presentation at the end. A lot of readings (definitely!). You really do have to work for the 4 points, like that other review had said.

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