April 01, 2005

Buonanno, Elda Silver_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

If you are thinking of taking an Italian course, I highly reccommend Elda. Her warm personality makes the class more relaxed and welcoming and she is very approachable if you have questions.She is also a great instructor- she makes the material very clear and she speaks mainly in Italian (although she will intersperse this w/ English if necessary) which really helps you get a feel for the language. Her quizzes and exams are very fair and if you take her evening class, she spends the first half of the class reviewing. She also encourages class participation and by the end of the semester you feel like you know all the people in your class, which isn't often found here. One reccommendation: make a good first impression. She tends to give you the same grade on all your compositions and quizzes so if you do well for the first few weeks, expect a good final grade.

Workload:

Fair workload- about 8 quizzes, 1 midterm, 1 final, weekly language lab and workbook exercises, brief oral presentation towards the end of the semester.