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[FREN W3406] Third Year Grammar and Composition II

April 25, 2011

Aurora, Vincent Silver_nugget
[FREN W3406] Third Year Grammar and Composition II

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I usually don't write culpa reviews but I was inspired the recent negative one of professor Aurora. Although there were aspects of 3406 that I didn't like, I understood their purpose. Writing creative pieces that require you to learn vocab like "se herisser" or "avec fracas" can be frustrating and seem pointless when you are doing it, especially if you really just want to focus on your analytical writing, but Aurora knows what he is doing. I am a much better writer and reader--in all respects--because of his insistence on things like obscure vocabulary.

As to his cruelty, he can be a bit biting at times, but I wouldn't say that he was ever cruel. In fact, as a teacher I found him to be refreshingly considerate. He graded everything promptly, returning it to the students by the next class and his policy that everything can be edited and rewritten until it is an A is immensely generous. Yes, this means pretty much everyone gets an A but it was also one of the single most successful ways of teaching writing--no matter what language--that I have ever encountered since it forces you to actually read all those corrections teachers make and finally look up whether a certain word is masculine or feminine or if a certain construction takes the subjunctive or not. This teaching method alone--which added enormous amounts of extra work for him--convinced me that not only is he a great teacher, but he is someone who cares about his students both academically and personally.

I agree that he is a bit of a gossip but he never said anything worse about his peers than I've heard students say about their professors or their peers. And I actually took most of the comments he made about the other professors as an informal guide on "who's class not to take."

Workload:

Massive amounts of writing, most of which are more creative than analytical. Depending on if you are good at creative writing will determine the amount of time required for the homework. I really struggle with creative writing, even in English, so the workload was intense for me

January 11, 2011

Aurora, Vincent Silver_nugget
[FREN W3406] Third Year Grammar and Composition II

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Holy sh*t. Holy effing sh*t. That is all I can say about this man.

Vincent was a ridiculous professor. Ridiculously awesome, but also ridiculous, and that's why he's so amazing. Vincent fills his classroom with an energy unseen by most mortals-- physics major and non-physics major alike. Although I had qualms about taking his course because I'd discovered that he wasn't a native French speaker, such a concern was completely unfounded. This man's French is unbelievable--he freaking writes the Encyclopedia Britannica article on contemporary French literature every year. And your French will soar with him. He appreciates creativity and loony-- in his courses you should feel free to say and write what you want so long as it is eloquent and accurate French.

He once interrupted himself mid-sentence, pointed at me, and asked me to translate "When I was young, I used to write erotic poetry on a clown's back with my grandfather." Need I say more?

Workload:

Reasonable, relevant, and treated with understanding. 1-5 page reading for every class, some grammar quizzes, nightly 1-2 page compositions, and 3 exams based on each unit (description, story-telling, and rhetoric.) My French improved more in one semester than it had in all of the previous years that I'd studied it. The man's a genius.

March 15, 2007

Aurora, Vincent Silver_nugget
[FREN W3405] Third-Year Grammar and Composition I and [FREN W3406] Third Year Grammar and Composition II

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Vincent Aurora is a brilliant, funny, odd, odd man. You will come to love watching him jolt all about the room, coffee in hand and chalk clutched like a cigarette, throwing words up on his chalkboard like a mad NFL coach.

You will also love having your papers back with every error underlined and explained; this man does not miss a thing, and he will make sure that by the time you have completed his course, you will, well, you will miss things, but you will know why that is going to happen. Vincent does get a reputation as an easy grader, but facts are, he just makes you work your ass off for your inflation, and you will enjoy it.

Furthermore, unlike the rest of the language instruction establishment, Vincent will let you go out on a limb and take risks with French, without punishing you for making the effort. If you study with him, make sure to experiment
—you will get far more out of the course that way, as he will be willing to explain esoteric grammatical structures, jargon, and colloqualisms.

If you love French as a language, per se, or any language for itself, you owe it to yourself at least to sit in on Vincent's classes.

Workload:

As many short essays as Vincent has time to grade (typically one per week), starting out with half-pages and moving on up to a two-page argumentation. Almost everything can (and should) be edited and turned in a week after you have your first copy in hand. Many exercises in grammar and style, with some translation, due in preparation for class, daily, or a short reading to read closely and take down thoughts for discussion.

December 06, 2005

Adam, Tracy Silver_nugget
[FREN W3406] Third Year Grammar and Composition II

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Professor Adam (though she was a TA when I had her) is great. I absolutely recommend taking a class with her. She is so sweet and really takes pains to explain things well. If she doesn't know the answer to a grammar/lit question you ask, she will go home, research, read up on whatever you ask and will then come back to class equipped with the asnwer. She assigns lots of grammatical exercises and doles out hand-outs like candy. Be prepared to work really hard as she gives tons of homework per class, but you will be super-competent in French by the time she's done with you. Oh, I don't know if she still does this, but she used to bake us brownies (and even creme brulee once) and bring milk to exam reviews. Two thumbs up! Fine holiday fun!

Workload:

Hm, this was a while back...frequent quizzes, one or two midterms, a comprehensive final, bi or tri-weekly 2-4 page compositions, movie responses, lots of grammatical exercises...

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRRP / FREN FRRP FREN W3406: Third-Year Grammar & Comp II: Grammar and Composition Eve-Alice Roustang 2001 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1