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Third Year French Language and Composition

September 12, 2017

Aurora, Vincent Silver_nugget
Third Year French Language and Composition

I don't know many teachers who can make a subject like grammar actually become interesting and fun, but somehow Vincent managed to do it. He's incredibly funny, genuine and by far one of my favorite professors at Columbia. Class is usually conducted in a relaxed manner, with Vincent effectively covering all the material while spicing things up with quirky personal anecdotes and jokes. Vincent is a fair grader, and as long as you put in effort and work you'll do well in his class. I would highly recommend taking third year french language and composition with him if you have a chance!

Workload:

It's third year grammar and composition, so there's going to be a lot of writing. Expect 3 short resumés (summaries of texts), 3 expositions (essays of around 3 pages), 1 dissertation (about 9 pages long - probably the most intense part of the course), and 1 commentaire composé (5 page standard essay on a book you will read for the class). On top of that we also had 12 quizzes (super easy conjugations of one verb each class), 2 in-class exams and 1 final exam. This seems like a lot, but it's actually quite manageable if you manage your time well. I took the course as a freshman and survived, so it's definitely doable!

January 09, 2007

Sasson, Sarah
Third Year French Language and Composition

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I completely disagree with the previous negative reviews of Sasson. I thought that she was a wonderful teacher. Our class was quite small and this gave us the opportunity to speak a lot of French. Yeah she was late every other day but only by a few minutes, and this didn't take away from the class at all. She always knew what she had planned for the class that day and was extremely friendly and approachable. She is very willing to tailor to your needs as a student because she understands everyone has different backgrounds in their French studies, and was a VERY easy grader. I never got As on compositions in high school, and with her I got an A on every one. She encourages discussions and doesn't mind straying a little off topic to let us relax and really practice speaking. She also takes suggestions on what we want to review, or if we need more time for assignments. Slightly disorganized, but aren't most people? And if you never know what the homework is, try listening at the end of class (in French) and reading the emails she sends out every other day reminding everyone what the assignment was.

Workload:

Easy, while still learning =D A few short homework assignments once in a while, a page-long composition every other week, and predicatable and well-reviewed test and final.

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