January 17, 2006

Martin, Severine Gold_nugget
[FREN W1101] Elementary French I

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

Severine's class is light on the techincal grammar, but it seems to work well. Due to the onerous burden of mandatory Frontiers lectures, I am unable to take her class for 1102, and my new professor is definitely not up to par. In addition, most of the students from other 1101 sections seem less prepared than those from Severine's class. Since she is a native French speaker and speaks French naturally in class, Severine is not as easy to understand as some of the professors who slow and modify their speech for elementary students. This makes the course more difficult, but also more useful. It is also a lot of fun, since Severine is incredibly good-natured and not nearly as stiff as some of the other grad students teaching classes.

Workload:

Moderate. Some reading and several workbook activities, with a few short compositions. Tests are long. Everything is standard throughout the department.