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Cultural Workshop

January 02, 2011

Aurora, Vincent Silver_nugget
Cultural Workshop

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Probably the most energetic professor I have ever had, but probably because he's totally cracked out on caffeine. He's awesome. Engages with any and every comment -- no matter what. Some may say he's opinionated or controversial -- but don't blame him. The topics are super controversial and the man has a view. It's all in the spirit of the fast-paced French exchange. Just build up your hidden French monde exterieur and you'll be fine. Also, please make an effort to speak French -- nobody will laugh at you. Unless of course you start speaking in Spanish like one of our classmates did.

Workload:

5 interros, 5 journals, in-class midterm, oral final. As long as you understand all the main concepts, you'll be fine. There's a TON of reading but you'll learn how to get through it quickly and your French will be that much better.

December 15, 2010

Aurora, Vincent Silver_nugget
Cultural Workshop

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Vincent's a really great teacher
Though sometimes he seems like a preacher
His views are quite strong
Discussions were long
The leaping and chalk-eating creature!

Vincent eats coffee and chalk
He gets all his students to talk
french is a blast
you learn really fast
the back and forth really does rock.

Vincent might be from Hoboken
but his french is in no way broken
french culture we learned
and each day we yearned
to wind up in Paris, all smokin'

Workload:

a whole lot of reading to do
but don't let it make you feel blue
five journals and quizzes
not just for french wizzes
the oral was really short , too

November 16, 2009

Aurora, Vincent Silver_nugget
Cultural Workshop

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Let's get this man some gold here. How many rave reviews does a professor need to get that oh-so-highly-sought nugget? In Vincent's class, students were encouraged to practice their French, to enter into dialogue with one another, and to engage with French culture. As someone who studied abroad in France after taking Vincent's class, I can say I heard the discussions I had in his class repeated around Parisian dinner tables. He is a diligent professor and gives careful and considered comments to student work. I'm really just repeating the positive things that have already been said, but they are all true. In all, a very classy professor, mentor, and a gentleman.

Workload:

Come to class prepared and willing to practice those French "r"s.

January 09, 2006

Aurora, Vincent Silver_nugget
Cultural Workshop

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This class was great for anyone who is a true francophile and wants to understand how French people are taught to view and rationalize their experiences. You will also end up deconstructing your own habits as an American. By the end of the class you will be able to understand why Americans think French people are rude, why the French think Americans mannerless and how both are wrong. The discussions were some of the most active I've had at Columbia, and the teacher was grand.

Workload:

Tedious reading response questions that are literally meant to be copied from the book. That being said, the responses allowed EVERYBODY in the class to understand one another's textual references and the discussions were fabulous. 5 minute presentation on anything French. 5 two page journal assignments. 10 minute oral final on the differing French vs. American way of interpreting society.

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