February 06, 2006

Fabian, Seth
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

When I think of Seth, I think of one word: downer. Unfortuantely, Seth sucks a little bit of life out of the Italian language. What's more is that he doesn't really seem like he wants to be teaching the class, and often reminded us, in an oddly sadistic 'I'm-a-disillusioned-grad-student-and-I-am-going-to-fully-exercise-my-position-of-menial-power-over-you' kind of way, that "participation counts for 20 percent of your grade" when nobody would respond to a question.

He often punctuates class with awkward, English-language questions or remarks, such as "Who else in the room is a grammar nerd besides me?". He has very little energy, and this shows when he tries to either get the class to speak or work in groups. His knowledge of the Italian language and its every grammatical rule, however, is incredible for a non-native speaker who's only 25.

Italian with Seth is definitely an experience, but not necessarily a pleasurable one, although he does break his sullen face occasionally and laugh or make a joke. His enthusiasm for the Notre Dame football team, although understated on the surface, is, perhaps, a sign of a lively spirit hidden within a disillusioned grad student's body.

Workload:

Standard within the Italian department: weekly workbook and lab assignments, weekly quiz, five compositions, midterm, final.