January 21, 2005

Bauman, Rebecca Gold_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

I could not have asked for a better first-time Italian teacher than Rebecca Bauman. Always cheerful and always energetic, she put me at ease immediately, along with the entire class. One of my biggest fears in language classes was always speaking aloud, but she let me and my fellow students know that it was okay to make mistakes, and that made us try even harder. She often starts out the class with short questions/conversation, and is more than happy to go over things more than once and explain them in different ways so that everyone understands.
I often admired her for her ability to stay focused as well as kind in a class full of students who very often seemed not to care at all (I can guess that most of them were only taking the class to fulfill a language requirement). I can say with assurance that even the people who didn't want to be there early in the morning could not help but love her as a teacher anyway. I would take her again for Elementary II if it fit my schedule, but sadly it does not. If you have her, be thankful that you will actually spend a semester LEARNING!

Workload:

What is to be expected from an Elementary language class. Textbook reading/review and workbook exercises every day. Lab manual on weekends, compositions once in a while and a short quiz every Tuesday.