Review Comment

[MDES W4210] Third Year Arabic

November 27, 2016

Absi, Ouijdane Silver_nugget
[MDES W4210] Third Year Arabic

Ouijdane is terribly unorganized !! This class was unfortunately one of the painful classes I took at Columbia. We usually have a HW that would take 3 hours to finish in the middle of the week and sometimes no HW over the weekend, which can absolutely screw the students who have work for other classes. SHE IS A TERRIBLE PROFESSOR , DO NOT TAKE HER SECTION.

Workload:

4 Hard Exams and a Presentation

May 04, 2016

Absi, Ouijdane Silver_nugget
[MDES W4210] Third Year Arabic

The first issue is that the assignemnts are not given back on time. The professor takes weeks, and even months, to correct written assignments, preventing effective feedback. She is also not available when students ask to review their assignments and tests with her.
Second, the Professor mostly caries out her class in English, rather than in Arabic -even when she is not speaking about grammar, which could be explainable for that case only. This is a major issue, as the course, which fosses on Litteral Arabic, is already not focusing on speaking.
Third, the Professor skipper 6 classes this semester, for which she did not organize any make up class, and did not give more than a one hour notice when she was absent.

Workload:

Arabic takes over your life. The language is worth it. Not the class. Its frustrating to see that you get fluent, but not through the class but rather through your own work aside of class. That should not be happening in a Columbia class shouldnt it?

October 26, 2010

Nouhi, Youssef Gold_nugget
[MDES W1208] Arabic for Heritage Speakers I and [MDES W4210] Third Year Arabic

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

Youssef Nouhi is an AMAZING teacher. He is so approachable and kind and understanding. He loves what he's doing and really cares about his students. The grade is not so important as whether or not you are learning the language, and he'll whatever he can to make it easier for you. I had Youssef for four consecutive semester, and only wish that I take his class again.

Arabic can be pretty intimidating at Columbia, but Youssef takes away the scary factor without compromising on how much you get out of the class.

Workload:

It's Arabic - lots of homework, a midterm, final, and a couple of papers. He's a very fair grader.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4210: Third Year Arabic I Rym Bettaieb 2012 Fall MTWR / 8:50- 9:55 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4210: Third Year Arabic I Ghada Badawi 2012 Fall MTWR / 2:40- 3:45 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4210: Third Year Arabic I Ghada Badawi 2010 Fall MTWR / 2:40- 3:45 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4210: Third Year Arabic I Youssef Nouhi 2010 Fall R / 10:35-11:40 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES S4210: Third Year Arabic I Youssef Nouhi 2009 Summer MTWR / 10:00- 1:00 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4210: Third Year Arabic I Youssef Nouhi 2009 Fall R / 10:35-11:40 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4210: Third Year Arabic I May Ahmar 2009 Fall R / 9:10-10:15 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4210: Third Year Arabic I May Ahmar 2008 Fall MTWR / 8:55-10:00 AM 2
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4210: Third Year Arabic I May Ahmar 2008 Fall T / 1:00- 2:05 PM 1