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[FREN BC3011] History of the French Language

April 17, 2013

Postlewate, Laurie Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3011] History of the French Language

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I can't believe Postlewate doesn't get a gold nugget. She always encourages participation and she's really funny. In general, this class is really cool, but mostly, I just really like her. She's must be the kindest professor I've met, especially since she goes to incredible measures to help you do as well as possible. Even if I come out of this class with a not-fantastic grade, I'd still say she's wonderful because she does truly anything that she can fairly do to teach you and give you the best experience possible. All in all, really cool lady, pretty cool class. What I will say is, don't mistake her for having low standards for giving easy tests. She wants you to learn so her tests are pretty difficult. She also expects you to take your time and put in an effort when you write her a papers, though you get two drafts (the first one counts for part of the grade). If you want a French class for an easy A, I wouldn't take this. It's a real class, and a good one.

Workload:

Often light, sometimes medium reading (because it's in French), periodic reading/homework responses, one group presentation (she was very lax about this, I thought), a midterm (relatively tough), two short papers, and a take home final.

June 29, 2010

Postlewate, Laurie Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3011] History of the French Language

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

At the beginning the material is somewhat boring, starting with some cumbersome 7th century texts, but the course moves very quickly into more modern and interesting territory. Studying the early development of French in France provides a foundation for analyzing later linguistic developments in the areas that France colonized. You also look at issues of language politics in education and government. By the end I loved the course.

(Note: If you don’t study Latin, don’t be scared away by the half-Latin half-texts in the beginning. I just read the translations and everything worked out fine in the end. You move past this quickly.)

Professor Postlewate is awesome. She is very approachable during class and during office hours.

Workload:

Lots of reading that you should, for the most part, keep up with even if you just skim. It’s fine to miss a few, but one day everyone in my class hadn’t read and she wasn’t pleased.

Class discussion is very crucial, but you can definitely get by with a basic understanding and a willingness to discuss.

One in-depth presentation on language history in a francophone country of your choice, along with a 5-page paper. Take home midterm, another 5 page paper, and a take home final.
Not bad overall. If you’re interested in French and history, it shouldn’t be difficult.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3011: History of the French Language Laurie Postlewate 2012 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3011: History of the French Language Laurie Postlewate 2010 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3011: History of the French Language Laurie Postlewate 2006 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1