Review Comment

[FREN BC1102] Review of French Fundamentals

April 27, 2017

Suter, Hadley
[FREN W1201] Intermediate French I and [FREN BC1102] Review of French Fundamentals

Hadley (she lets us call her by her first name) is so sweet and kind. I am never too intimidated to speak up in class. More so than anything her encouragement fostered my learning. This is my second time being in her French class. Last semester I was so nervous to be in a college level French course. My high school French teacher was judgmental and instilled fear in all of her students. After taking Hadley's class not only do I love studying French but I am leaning towards making it a part of my degree. I never had this confidence with language learning before. In the past, I would have never been brave enough to practice my French with native French speakers but now, when I run into someone that speaks French I have the courage to open my mouth and at least try. I say this knowing that I am not the best French student out there. It is just amazing to have a professor who sees potential in all of her students. I wish I could take French with her again. If she was teaching intermediate II I would take it with her. She is also knowledgeable about French cultural and philosophical movements which she sometimes incorporates into the curriculum.

Workload:

Don't bother buying the textbook, to be honest. She never checks. The workload is super light in my opinion. Regular weekly homework is kind of optional. Other than that there are around 3 quizzes a semester. 3 compositions- the way this work is that you write a page and a half double spaced then turn it in then she corrects it and tells you exactly what to change and then you fix those errors, resubmit it and watch your grade go up. There's also a final and a few projects. She is a very very easy grader. Her class was the easiest class I took this semester.

September 14, 2015

Bloom, Sam
[FREN BC1102] Review of French Fundamentals

I honestly hated this class. The professor was disorganized and unhelpful. We spent basically 80% of the time talking about our day and never got to really learning any grammar. Honestly, I wouldn't have cared because he is a very relaxed and nice professor, but the quizzes/examinations were really hard! I don't think that I would have found them challenging, had I been taught the content in class. I basically had to teach myself - a big disappointment because I've had great experiences with the other french professors at Barnard!

Workload:

Not much if you're in Bloom's class...He rarely checked homework. Unfortunately, you have to teach yourself and you won't be prepared for intermediate I.

April 05, 2015

Bloom, Sam
[FREN BC1102] Review of French Fundamentals

I seriously don't understand why this man doesn't have a gold nugget! He is one of the most understanding and comforting teachers at Barnard and he really helps to make sure that every student in his class understands the material. He never assigns too much work that is overwhelming and will go out of his way to help students understand whatever is confusing them. He's a very generous grader and prepares you incredibly well for the tests. The homework is never collected, but you should do it anyways since you'll go over it in class and look a little silly if you don't know the answer. His classroom is very very relaxed and he immediately puts the class at ease.

Workload:

3 compositions with corrections, quizzes every other week (corrections were allowed), homework (not a lot at all, maybe 45 minutes worth) between each class, and a midterm and final.

January 02, 2012

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
[FREN BC1102] Review of French Fundamentals

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

This was an excellent course, the best language class I have ever taken. Prof J-F is truly engaged and engaging--its kind of impossible to space out when she is teaching because she is so charismatic. I feel much more confident in both spoken and written French after taking this course and I understand French grammar in much more depth. Overall I feel this course laid a very strong foundation to continue learning the language and really inspired me to write and express myself in French. The course was paced well because, it never felt too easy or too hard

Workload:

You definitely have to exert a steady effort to get the most out of the course. It was not an unreasonable amount of work. She assigns more work during the week than over weekends which I liked.

January 21, 2010

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
[FREN BC1102] Review of French Fundamentals

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I absolutely adore this woman! She is extremely kind, funny, and helpful. She focused a lot on improving oral skills, which was really beneficial, while remaining organized. She made sure everyone participated but in a non-threatening way so no one was ever afraid to get it wrong. She assigned a lot of exercises in the workbook but didn't really check to see that you did them. She taught every subject comprehensively with a smile on her face all the while. She went at a great pace, not too fast, not too slow. I would recommend taking any french class with her. She's such a cutie!

Workload:

Exercises that are mostly for you if you need them, a lot of pretty easy quizzes, 4 compositions which you do two drafts of, midterm and final (both easy)

January 21, 2009

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
[FREN BC1102] Review of French Fundamentals

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

Professor Jouanneau-Fertig... what a great professor. She is lively and enthusiastic which helps you get more involved, and that's important in a language class. She is the sweetest person, and is always approachable and eager to offer outside help as necessary. She really helps students remember the material by getting you to talk aloud in class. She likes to have lots of cute activities and watching her dance to her Carla Bruni music is priceless. She's extremely organized and sticks to the syllabus. She makes class a lot of fun and very productive at the same time.

Workload:

Daily exercises in the workbook that she rarely checks after the first few classes, so it's really more as a review for yourself if you want/need it. 4 essays- you get to give in first drafts on each of them and your grade is averaged between the first and second drafts. Straightforward exams and quizzes- about 4 in all, including the midterm and final. But watch out for the vocab sections- she pulls random words out of the book and expects you to know them all... but if a lot of people get them wrong she sometimes doesn't count them. She's a very reasonable grader.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Sam Bloom 2012 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2012 Fall TR / 8:40- 9:55 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Sam Bloom 2010 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2010 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2009 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Jason Earle 2009 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2008 Fall TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2008 Fall TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2007 Fall TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Faculty Faculty 2007 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals Sylvie Weltert 2006 Fall TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1102: Review of French Fundamentals 2006 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1