December 02, 2005

Spinelli, Barbara Silver_nugget
[V1121] Intensive Elementary Italian I and [V1121] Intensive Elementary Italian

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Professoressa Spinelli was without a doubt the best teacher I have had at Columbia. She was entertaining, dedicated, and absolutely the most helpful person I ever met. I am amazed at how much Italian I learned in one semester with her. I assure you that if you're debating over whether to take the intensive class or the regular ones and are discouraged by the amount of presumed work in the intensive class, you should not let it worry you - Prof. Spinelli will pull you through it. She is a gold-star caliber teacher if I ever met one. There is not enough I could say about her style and her true caring for all of her students.


Around a dozen exercises combined between the Workbook and Listening Lab each week, a composition that averaged about every other week, easy midterm, final. Everything is extremely manageable and will help you learn Italian in a flash.