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Advanced Composition and Grammar Review

January 04, 2009

Weber, Caroline Silver_nugget
Advanced Composition and Grammar Review

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Basically you read the textbook chapter, do the workbook exercises for that chapter, and then come in twice a week to go through the material with Weber and ask any questions. At the end of each lesson she'll hand out answers to the workbook exercises. A worthwhile class and not impossible, but this is the nit-picky type of grammar that you need for composition and conversation beyond the basic level. The workload is average, but don't let this deceive you - you will have to know the complicated grammar rules cold to do well on her exams, which are mostly translating sentences with very complex and idiomatic grammar constructions. Weber is nice and cares about her students but there isn't much for her to do beyond go over the grammar rules with the class. Not the most engaging class, but it is nuts and bolts stuff necessary for a better command of the French language. The dullness is due to the material, not to Weber's teaching.

Workload:

About two textbook chapters and accompanying workbook chapters per week, plus three quizzes (10% of your semester grade each). Midterm and final, both based heavily on translation. Manageable but be prepared to study for the midterm and final.

December 26, 2006

Postlewate, Laurie Silver_nugget
Advanced Composition and Grammar Review

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Professor Postlewate is one of the sweetest and most helpful professors that I've ever had. To make it even better, her French is flawless, so she knows what she is talking about. This course was a great review of French grammar, and I even learned a few new things. Writing compositions in French was not always fun, but she's very flexible with the deadlines. However, don't always expect papers to be returned promptly; while sometimes she'll have them back to you within hours, most of the time it will be a week or two, after which you will have to do revisions on the paper. However, if she does not return a paper to you until the day the second draft is due, you will have an extra week or so to hand it in. Overall, I highly recommend Professor Postlewate. If you're interested in improving your writing in French, this is definitely the class for you.

Workload:

Many workbook exercises for each class, but she posts the answers online so you can correct them beforehand. Six compositions, 2-4 pages each, final grade is the average grade of the first and second drafts. Four quizzes and a final.

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