January 12, 2005

Ziolkowski, Saskia Gold_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

If I were you, I would take Saskia's class in a heartbeat! She is an incredibly gifted professor with the warmest smile, amazing organization, a knack for language, the coolest boots, and an apparent passion for life and for teaching. The last day I left class I said "ti amo" -- "I love you" in Italian -- because the truth is that I do love Saskia, along with the rest of our class. I looked forward to her class everyday and was often shocked when the class was over because it seemed so short! She held our attention from beginning to end, filling the 50 minutes with her interactive teaching, music, fun etc... The truth is that, until Saskia, I did not realize that I could form so many honest smiles while simultaneously learning so much! At the end of the semester, I went from a bland and boring Latin scholar who could not hear or speak any modern language to an enthused and qualified Italian student! GRAZIE SASKIA! You work wonders and make me contemplate whether I should be a teacher too!

Workload:

Not too strenuous... just right for an introductory course. Lots of bookwork, a quiz once a week, 5 short compositions, a weekly lab (which replaces Friday class!)