December 29, 2004

Leveau, Eric Silver_nugget
[FREN W1101] Elementary French I

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

LOVE this guy. He's a native of France- so his knowledge of the language is obviously amazing- and he was able to contribute so much to our knowledge of French culture and our ability to know how French is really spoken. Despite his being French, though, he spoke the language during class with incredible clarity and at a slow pace so that we could understand what he was saying-- one day we had a substitute (who incidentally was a grad student and not a French native) who was completely hot-shotting it with her French accent and rapid dialogue, and we couldn't understand a damn word she said. Additionally, Eric is just absolutely adorable and really enthusiastic about teaching-- and is also really sympathetic about how hard it can be to start learning a language. Take a class with him if you can!

Workload:

Par for the course of language classes. Weekly workbooks and quizzes, some one-page compositions, two oral exams, and 4 tests throughout the semester. He is very laissez-faire (ha) about submission deadlines, but please don't take advantage of him-- he's just such a sweetheart. Grading seemed definitely fair to me.