May 27, 2005

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced Oral French

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

Just the best. If you're serious about wanting to become fluent, you will welcome her corrections of your pronunciation. Her comments were never derisive, always constructive. When she disagrees with you, don't misinterpret her direct tone as sterness; not only does she just want to see you improve but she's often playing with the whole strict French teacher stereotype. That is, you're in on the joke with Boyman. She's funny, encouraging and enjoys deconstructing cinematic norms during class free days. Three point class, seriously, take this.

Workload:

Just show up. The lack of prepared work will allow shy speakers to open up without worrying about doing/understanding homework/readings, and will have you thinking more spontaneously in French. One class-long presentation on anything so long as it is academic. Oral "midterm" and "final" that were really just progress reports which made me long for high school days where every teacher took the time to personally inform students of their strengths and weaknesses before their grades are submitted.