December 23, 2005

Ceccagnoli, Patrizio Silver_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

Patrizio is a really cute, sweet Italian guy who is always accessible to answer any question and help you on anything you need, no matter how basic your question may be. This is both a strong point and a weakness for him, because his generosity with taking questions and reviewing old material slowed down the pace of the class, in my opinion. Though we covered the material that Patrizio had set out to cover, I lost motivation quickly when the pace slowed down, and was really let down when I realized we wouldn't be learning the future tense by the end of the semester. This may be a fault of the curriculum as designed by the department, and not by Patrizio, though I'm not sure. Either way, Patrizio is great with helping you get used to listening to the language and understanding the grammar and pronunciation, since he's a native Italian. His English needs work, but that can be expected of any recent immigrant.

Workload:

Probably the same as any other Italian 1 class -- weekly collection of written and listening excercises. Quiz each week (usually very easy and straightforward). Midterm and final, each like a long quiz.