January 23, 2019

Marie, Laurence
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

I highly recommend Laurence Marie. She is energetic and kind but demanding. I felt that my French improved a lot with her, so much so that I went out of my way to take a course with her again.

Workload:

short compositions (around 2 pages) about 4 times per semester
vocabulary quizzes every two weeks
midterm and final
weekly workbook exercises (not graded)

December 10, 2018

Suter, Hadley
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II and [French 1102X] Review of the French Fundamentals

Hadley is one of the most amazing professors that I have ever had. Her workload is very fair- it is enough to learn the material but not overcomplicated or unnecessary. She really cares about all of her students and is very reasonable. She is fun and energetic and always in a good mood. Highly recommend any class you can take with her!

Workload:

Dependant class to class

November 14, 2018

Albes, Elizabeth
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

Professor Albes is hands down one of the best teachers in the department. I still can't believe the amount of French I learned while taking her class even though I've taken French language classes for multiple years. She teaches grammar concepts in a concise, meaningful way that allows you to both appreciate the beauty of the language while also understanding how to use it. She is also insanely understanding and is absolutely willing to work with you if you need an extension on a composition or would just like to improve your French skills. I would highly recommend her for whatever class she teaches.

Workload:

The workload is the same as other French classes. Also, exams are standardized for all sections of the same class and are fair but thoroughly cover the material learned in class.

December 19, 2017

Holst-Knudsen, Heidi Silver_nugget
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

Heidi is hands down one of the best French professors that I have had at Columbia. As someone who has struggled with the language but has to finish the program for the language requirement, I've found it very difficult to find a professor willing to go the extra mile to make sure that I understand concepts and the myriad of grammar rules that the language demands. Heidi has been so accommodating and has always offered extra assistance. Her attitude is very sincere and approachable and I appreciate her patience where other professors have displayed frustration.

While I agree that her accent is quite American, I don't believe it takes away from the course at all. Her intense knowledge of the language more than makes up for it. I found her to be an incredibly engaging professor who is always prepared for class. Class sessions are very well structured and thought out, so if that is an environment that you prefer, she is a great choice.

In addition to her language knowledge, she also knows a ton about French culture and makes an effort to integrate cultural topics in every lesson whether it be discussing current events or connecting grammar concepts to films and literature beyond just the scope of a typical Intermediate II syllabus.

I am so happy that I got to have her a as a professor for Intermediate I and II and would whole heartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a professor that is personable, invested in your classroom performance, and knowledgable about the subject. Plus she is just a really cool person.

Workload:

Daily assignments, four exams plus a midterm and final, various compositions, movies, and books.

May 03, 2015

O'Keeffe, Brian Silver_nugget
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

O'Keeffe's class is a usually a one-man show, but no one seems to mind. Sometimes I wish that he would make more of an effort to stimulate class participation and listen to our ideas. My confidence in speaking French did not improve. Oral skills are targeted in Composition and Conversation, which I will take next semester.

I valued O'Keeffe's passion for the French language, literature, art and history. He sparked my curiosity about linguistics, since he'd tell us about how words were formed. For example, the word "mayday" in English evolved from the French "m'aidez" or "help me."

Writing about artworks in French vastly improved my writing skills as an art history major. It is helpful to copy the model of O'Keeffe's sample essays, handed out in class, because they are very straightforwardly and poetically.

O'Keeffe is obsessed with literature and fables. Many of the paragraphs that we completed in class (by inserting the correct verb conjugations) were excerpted from Baudelaire, Baudrillard and other French authors. This made the usual painfully boring grammar exercises more fun and engaging.

Workload:

Extremely light. O'Keeffe rarely assigns worksheets of homework in the workbook.

December 01, 2014


[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

Heidi comes across as extremely nice during the first few weeks of class (aka shopping period), but then she becomes extremely passive agressive towards the class. Her exams are extremely difficult, both to prepare for and to take. The majority of class will be going over literature, but the bulk of the test will be grammar, barely discussed in class. Plus, this is the class where your accent will come to die. While Heidi definitely has a fantastic grasp of French grammar, her American prononciation of all words forces you and the rest of the class to care less. There is a serious lack of organization and communication.

Workload:

super heavy. 4-5 exams and then a final. weekly blog posts

August 01, 2014

Mimran, Masha Silver_nugget
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

Masha Mimran is an outstanding professor (if she's reading, I hope she knows who's writing this). I consider the hours I spent in her class to be some of my most well-spent hours at Barnard, on both an academic and personal level. Professor Mimran is brilliant and hilarious. She led our class in stimulating discussions on the works of Baudelaire and Maupassant, during which she not only shared her own unique perspectives, but genuinely listened to and considered ours. This is rare, especially in the overcrowded French courses at Barnard! And she was able to make the grammar (and there was a lot of it) bearable, even enjoyable. She also organized other opportunities for us, such as hosting a French movie night. Professor Mimran is very much invested in her students--their well being, their ideas, and their success.

Workload:

The coursework is very manageable. Three compositions total, daily grammar exercises, and weekly posts online. Professor Mimran meets with you individually after you write your first composition--it's difficult to do literary analysis in another language, and she tries to help as much as possible. There is a midterm and a final.

January 28, 2014

Mimran, Masha Silver_nugget
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

She's a really good professor. She's hilarious, cheeky and engaging. She is thorough in grammatical explanations. Besides grammar, most There are about 3 quizzes, 3 compositions, a midterm, a final and class participation counts. She will drop your lowest quiz grade. One of the compositions is based on a french film of your choice so you have a chance to analyze a piece of your liking. Masha is also readily available to meet with you outside of class if needed. Just study and you will do well.

Workload:

Mild. See above.

August 30, 2013

Mimran, Masha Silver_nugget
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

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

Professor Mimran is a very nice person. She is very willing to meet with you in office hours (or even outside office hours) to go over concepts. The grammar in Intermediate II is a lot compared to Intermediate I. I found her explanations sometimes confused me even more so. There are a few papers (I think 3) where she grades on both your French ability and content. On essays she is tough on grades and getting an A certainly isn't easy (or even getting a B+ really). A lot of discussions on French Literature, really analyzing the short stories given out. Do not expect this class to be an easy A (as some lower-level language classes tend to be).

Workload:

Grammar and a bit of reading for every class - usually not too much work. A few essays (I think 3) and a lot of quizzes and tests(maybe 6 in all). Last semester she dropped your lowest quiz grade.

January 02, 2012

Earle, Jason Silver_nugget
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

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

Jason is a great professor! He's really nice, approachable, and funny. The pace of the class was perfect and he always made sure that everyone understood the material before moving on. The class consisted of regular grammar lessons and readings from well-known French authors (Baudelaire, Guy de Maupissant, etc.). He also adds in personal experiences and stories to the classes which were always humorous and interesting. Grading was definitely fair and the quizzes and exams were easy. If you have a choice, you should definitely take French with Jason!

Workload:

3 compositions (1-2 pages with a mandatory first draft for each. After you do the corrections on the first draft, your grade goes up a half step.), 3 quizzes (easy), midterm and final (both easy).

June 03, 2010

Eskew, Jonathan
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

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

This guy should not be a teacher. His only job was to essentially assign homework and give tests. The rest of his time was pretty much useless.

To say he is unprepared is an understatement. I feel like he would just walk into class, drop his book, and that's what we would do for that day. Vocab lists came out the night before the test, Paper topics were given on Thursday and due Saturday at 5. Why? Who knows, because we sure as hell didn't see it back for 2 weeks.

I feel like a unlearned things in this class.

Workload:

Busy work

May 08, 2010

Leung, Cathy
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

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

I have to disagree with the first review. I only took this class because I had to fulfill the language requirement, so I have little interest in the subject matter. Prof. Leung made this class so enjoyable that I actually considered taking another French course. She is kind, patient, funny, a little off (in a good way), and great at explaining concepts. You can't teach a language like you would say, math- you can write out grammatical formulas but you also need tangential conversation about different points (about grammar, vocab, culture, whatever). We read some great literature, learned more advanced grammar, and learned a lot of music/film/theater vocab (which will definitely help if you plan on traveling to France). Granted, Prof. Leung was a little scattered sometimes, but I've been taking French since 7th grade, and I think it comes with the territory :)

Workload:

4 compositions (short and easy), few quizzes w/ flexible scheduling, midterm, final, homework exercises

May 05, 2010

Leung, Cathy
[FRNB BC1204] Intermediate French II

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

I found her teaching disorganized and confusing. She writes all over the board and so it is hard to follow her points. She would spend too much time on something irrelevant, and not enough time on grammar points that everyone had problems with. We didn't do much for basically the first half of the semester, and had 3 compositions in the last 2 weeks of class!! Though she is a nice person and genuinely wants to help us, sometimes she'd let the class dictate when we took a test or turned in an assignment. I found this annoying - she's the teacher, she should decide and the students can handle it. Seriously, don't take french with her, it'll be the worst hours of your week.

Workload:

4 compositions, bunch a quizzes, 1 midterm, 1 final

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Masha Mimran 2012 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Brian O'Keeffe 2012 Fall MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Brian O'Keeffe 2012 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II 2012 Fall TR / 11:40-12:55 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Masha Mimran 2012 Fall TR / 10:10-11:25 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Jason Earle 2012 Spring MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Masha Mimran 2012 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Masha Mimran 2012 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Brian O'Keeffe 2012 Spring MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Jason Earle 2012 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Sam Bloom 2011 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Brian O'Keeffe 2011 Spring TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II David Macklovitch 2011 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II David Macklovitch 2011 Spring MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Karen Silva 2011 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Jason Earle 2010 Spring MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 6
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Brian O'Keeffe 2010 Fall TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Brian O'Keeffe 2010 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II David Macklovitch 2010 Fall MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II David Macklovitch 2010 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Karen Silva 2010 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Cathy Leung 2010 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Erica Weems 2010 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II David Macklovitch 2010 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II David Macklovitch 2010 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Cathy Leung 2010 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Phillip Usher 2009 Fall MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Cathy Leung 2009 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Erica Weems 2009 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Phillip Usher 2009 Fall MW / 5:40- 6:55 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II David Macklovitch 2009 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Erica Weems 2009 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Cathy Leung 2009 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Brian O'Keeffe 2009 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Cathy Leung 2009 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller 2009 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller 2009 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 6
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Erica Weems 2008 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Cathy Leung 2008 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Cathy Leung 2008 Fall TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller 2008 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller 2008 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller 2007 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Phillip Usher 2007 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller 2007 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Phillip Usher 2007 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Faculty Faculty 2007 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II 2006 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Rachel Mesch 2006 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Phillip Usher 2006 Fall TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II 2006 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Rachel Mesch 2006 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Anne-Catherine Dutoit 2004 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Yaelle Azagury 2004 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Joanna Augustyn 2004 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2004 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Anne-Catherine Dutoit 2004 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Dirk Kramer 2004 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2004 Spring TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Yaelle Azagury 2004 Fall TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2004 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Anne-Catherine Dutoit 2004 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2003 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2003 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Yaelle Azagury 2003 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Terri Gordon 2003 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Terri Gordon 2003 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Terri Gordon 2003 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2003 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Rosa Reiss 2003 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Anne Boyman 2003 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2002 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Anne Boyman 2002 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Sarah Sasson 2002 Spring MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2002 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 5
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2002 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Sarah Sasson 2002 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Anne Boyman 2001 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2001 Fall TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Sarah Sasson 2001 Fall MW / 10:35-11:50 AM 2
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Anne Boyman 2001 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 4
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Laurie Postlewate 2001 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 3
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II Sarah Sasson 2001 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 3