January 31, 2006

Mackin, Zane
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

I admit it: I’m a fan of “Dolcino.” He dresses as if he’s a really cool guy, but I don’t really have a problem with that, because hey, he /is/ a cool guy. But should that matter, anyway? No, I don’t think so. He’s always enthusiastic in class—he encouraged us (and once required us) to see Italian films throughout the semester, and taught us some interesting things about the way Italians live. You certainly should NOT take this class if you’re a slacker, because you won’t do well; on the other hand, if you’re willing to do the work (it’s the same amount required of all of the rest of the classes), you will do just fine… never would I have called the way he graded our quizzes and tests harsh, but he’s also not particularly lenient.

SoÂ… yeah. This guyÂ’s 100% American, but it really comes across that heÂ’s dedicated to every aspect of Italy. HeÂ’s got the accent, a completely fluent grasp of the nuanced language, a great understanding of the culture and history, etcÂ… just take the class with him if you can. HeÂ’s a great guy.

Workload:

Weekly (except maybe the first and last weeks) compositions, workbook and lab exercises. A midterm, an oral presentation and a final exam. (The same as other classes at this level)