April 11, 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.

Saskia is without a doubt the greatest human being on Earth, and if not Earth, then the Columbia Italian department. She is sweet, sympathetic, doesn't hate you if you are incredibly stupid, and doesn't hate you if you speak in sentences that contain 8 English words and 1 Italian one. She is super lenient about compositions and homeworks, and will ALWAYS understand if you are way too busy and couldn't do lab. Class is almost NEVER boring, because Saskia plays songs and has us make up excersizes to write on the board. It's basically like playtime and Italian all in one. I love her class, everyone should have Saskia once in their lives.

Workload:

Typical language workload--Very time consuming. Saskia has no control over it, it is the usual departmental endless cycle of workbook, composition, lab, quiz, workbook, composition, lab, quiz. There is a midterm, final, and oral exam, all which she grades generously.